lead disciple, leading disciple

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lead disciple, leading disciple

What is the difference between the two phrases above?

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Can you provide the sentence(s) and/or the context(s) in which you found those please?
 

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Can you provide the sentence(s) and/or the context(s) in which you found those please?
Thanks, teechar.

The word "lead" came to my mind when I recalled the time when I was in church many years ago. I remember the phrase "lead disciple" was used to refer to one of the disciples of Jesus. Or was it "leading disciple"? I just want to confirm if it is 'lead' or 'leading'.
 

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Those two have slightly different meanings.

The noun "lead" talks about the (prominent/foremost) role assigned to the person. For instance, you may typically hear of the lead singer, or as in your example, the lead disciple.

The adjective "leading" means most important or best performing. For example:
Samsung is considered to be the leading manufacturer of Android phones.

Thus, the "lead disciple" and "leading disciple" may or may not convey the same meaning, although I'm pretty sure St Peter would probably qualify for both.
 
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