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Starting a Transparency Group

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Bobby Harrington

Bobby is the point-leader of and, both collaborative, disciple-making organizations. He is the founding and lead pastor of Harpeth Christian Church (by the Harpeth River, just outside of Nashville, TN). He has an M.A.R. and an M.Div. from Harding School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of more than 10 books on discipleship, including Discipleshift (with Jim Putman and Robert Coleman), The Disciple Maker’s Handbook (with Josh Patrick) and Becoming a Disciple Maker: The Pursuit of Level 5 Disciple Making (with Greg Weins). He lives in the greater Nashville area with his wife and near his children and grandchildren.
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**CLICK HERE for video training – This 1 hour presentation will equip you to lead a transparency group in both the physical and digital world right away! (You can combine a physical and digital group, this is called a “phygital” group.)

The Quick Start Guide provides the key elements that you need to start a group.

  1. 7 steps to start a group.
  2. How to begin with depth and transparency.
  3. Study material for the group that is easily available from
  4. A group agreement or covenant.

This guide is especially helpful for our busy lifestyles; the group model suggested is smaller – 3 to 6 people – making it easier to gather together with fewer schedules to combine. This is a well-tested model, men meeting with men and women meeting with women, that has already proven to be a great success in improving disciple making.

Even if you are not starting a group right away, the Quick Start Guide is an excellent free resource that will help you think through some of the best practices of discipleship groups in your church.