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Greg Ogden

Greg Ogden retired from professional church leadership in 2012 and now lives out his passion of speaking, teaching, and writing about the disciple-making mission of the church. Most recently Greg served as Executive Pastor of Discipleship at Christ Church of Oak Brook, Illinois in the Chicago western suburbs. From 1998-2002, Greg held the position of Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Fuller Theological Seminary and Associate Professor of Lay Equipping and Discipleship. Prior to coming to Fuller, Greg enjoyed 24 years in pastoral ministry. He is the author of six books including Essential Guide to Becoming a Disciple (Intervarsity Press, 2016); Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time (Intervarsity Press, 2016); The Essential Commandment: A Guide to Loving God and Others (InterVarsity Press, 2011); Discipleship Essentials: A Guide to Building Your Life in Christ (InterVarsity Press, 2007). Dr. Ogden is a principal partner in a new ministry entitled the Global Discipleship Initiative (GDI). GDI trains, coaches, and inspires pastors and Christian leaders to establish indigenous, multiplying, disciplemaking networks, both nationally and internationally. (



Can You Be a Christian Without Being a Disciple?

We have a discipleship problem, not in spite of the gospel we have been proclaiming, but because of it. We have been proclaiming a gospel that says you can get all the benefits of a Christian without having to be a disciple. Is this the gospel Jesus proclaimed?  We will explore Jesus' disciple-making gospel of the kingdom as summed up in Mark 1:14-15, along with other New Testament references.


Four Environmental Conditions for Transformation into Christlikeness

Jesus’ model of disciple making was first and foremost relational. Four qualities were central to Jesus’ transformational environment. The relationships were (1) rooted in transparency, (2) founded on God’s revealed truth, (3) based on mutual accountability, and (4) centered on living out our God-given mission. When these four qualities come together in a relational setting, we are in the Holy Spirit’s Hot House of transformation. In this workshop you how to create “hot houses” of accelerated growth.


Pre-Forum Seminar

Turning Your Church into a Disciple-Making Mission

If you as a pastor were approached by an eager new believer who said, “Pastor, I desire to be all that Christ wants me to be and also be able to help others as well, how can I learn to do this at your church?”, what would you say? If you are a bit stumped, you are not alone. Most churches have no clear plan for making disciples. We need a simple approach that is accessible to the average believer that empowers them to become reproducing disciples of Jesus. This seminar will first examine the teaching and practice of how Jesus made disciples. We will then apply Jesus’ relational model to a three-step process that can transform your church into a disciple making mission.


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