In the 1970s, Navigator Ron Oertli began applying some of the discipleship methods he had used at Fort Benning to a new “community” ministry in Denver. He created a six-book discipleship training series called The 2:7 Series®, drawing its name from Colossians 2:7. To be honest, the new work made Navigator leaders a little nervous. Betty and Ron Oertli helped broaden The Navigators’ ministry when they started discipling in a Denver church in the 1970s.Until then, our work had focused primarily on the military and college students.
Ron arranged a meeting with Navigator leaders and 58 people who had been going through The 2:7 Series. The obvious impact of 2:7 impressed the leadership, and soon others joined Ron in his church-focused ministry. When NavPress printed The 2:7 Series in 1974, it took off like wildfire. In 1985, the Church Discipleship Ministry (CDM) officially came into existence.
It was something of a new beginning for The Navigators in general. With the advent of CDM, we began to create other “entities”—now called Missions—such as b2g (better2gether) for young adults and an urban outreach called Metro. The Navigators was making new strides to raise up laborers “next door to everywhere.”