Pastors occasionally connect with me about evangelism and discipleship for their church. It was great talking with a church planter / preacher in another state recently regarding his attempt to preach hoping to disciple his congregation. Together, we contrasted his ability to disciple from the pulpit versus small group leaders facilitating weekly meetings among 9 to 12 people. The size of the small group is determined by the need for accountability. When the participants can “hide” in the larger group, then they tend to stop growing in the Lord.