Maybe it depends on your definition of disciple, but in my experience disciples are rarely made in rows.
Don’t get me wrong. Rows are good for some things. You can fit more chairs in a room that’s set up theater style…in rows. You can disseminate information to a larger group seated…in rows. You can leverage the teaching of a gifted communicator more effectively…in rows.
You just can’t make disciples in rows. Or at least it’s not likely. And rows certainly won’t be the only environment or method necessary.
Making a disciple is mostly about one life investing in another. It can happen in a group, but it’s not about one-way communication. It’s about dialogue. It is about communicating truth, but way more than just receiving truth. Making a disciple is about life on life.
I like Andy Stanley’s take on life-change: “Life-change happens in circles, not in rows.”
Is life-change the same thing as disciple making? No. I don’t think so. But disciples are rarely made in rows either.