Institute to hold disciple workshop

YOUNGSTOWN – The Northeast Ohio Branch of the C.S. Lewis Institute will hold a pastoral and ministry leadership day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13 in the institute’s lecture hall.

Author Greg Ogden will lead the seminar “Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time.”

Regional Director Bruce Beard, City Director Dan Osborn and Resident Scholar Joshua Reichard will lead discussion, corporate worship and prayer, followed by Ogden’s seminar. Local and regional pastors, clergy, priests and others involved in ministry leadership are invited and encouraged to attend.

Ogden will discus how Jesus made disciples and how to use that model to develop a network of self-initiating, increasing disciples.

Ogden served as executive pastor of discipleship at Christ Church of Oak Brook near Chicago. From 1998-2002, he was Fuller Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Program director and an associate professor of lay equipping and discipleship. Prior to teaching, Ogden worked for 24 years in pastoral ministry, primarily within Presbyterian churches, including his time as senior pastor at the Saratoga Federated Church in Silicon Valley. While there, he developed a discipleship program used by more than 15,000 people, resulting in his book “Discipleship Essentials” and the Essentials Series. His books also include “Unfinished Business” and “Transforming Discipleship.”

The Institute’s Pastors’ Fellowship Program provides seminars, refreshment, discipleship training, leadership development and retreats.

Registration is required and can be completed at or by calling (330) 717-6979.

Upcoming events include:

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 14, “What is Love?” with Thomas Jay Oord, Northwest Nazarene University professor of theology and philosophy.

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 23, “The Old New Atheism” with Joshua D. Reichard, institute resident scholar.

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., March 30, “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus” with Dr. Nabeel Qureshi.

April 9-10, two day business ethics workshop with Brad Smith, Bakke Graduate University of Ministry president.

The institute also will hold monthly lectures as part of its Fellows Program, a year-long discipleship program. The program examines discipleship, mission and conversational apologetics through Bible study, classic readings, lectures, group processing, personal spiritual mentoring and accountability. Reichard will host roundtable events from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 16, Dec. 18, Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 19, April 16 and May 14.