We define a disciple as a life-long learner and follower of Jesus who knows who God is, what Christ has done for them, who they are in Christ, and how to live for Him.
The purpose is for disciples to make disciples who will make disciples. This is ultimately a spiritual task that can only be accomplish by the Spirit, but this is something Jesus told us to do (Matt 28:19-20) and promised to be with us as we do it!
While in the D-group the participants will learn how to study the Bible together, key theological and doctrinal truths, establish spiritual disciplines, and grow in their ability to share their faith with others.
Most of the groups will meet from 9-12 months. The curriculum contains 25 topics, some of which may take 2 weeks to complete. If you power through it you would be done in 6-8 months. Once you factor in “life-factors” (sickness, out-of-town, holidays) it will likely take 9-12 months.
The goal isn’t speed, the goal is effectiveness. Life change happens over time through relationships as we gather around God’s word together. Don’t rush the process, but don’t get bogged down and lose focus. As the leader, one of your most important jobs is to balance to the pace of the study with needs of the group. When in doubt ask for help.
There are 3 key expectations for every leader:
No leader will bat 1000% so don’t put that pressure on yourself! It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to change hearts. Your biggest commitment is faithfulness and humility!
The group members are expected to
Remember, the goal is to make disciples who will make disciples!
Some weeks are geared towards systematic theology, some towards inductive bible study, and some are a series of exercises. We attempted to provide variety but to take an approach that works best for the given topic, such as
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We’ve found the best size is 4-6 people (same gender) including the leader. Any more or less than that and it makes it harder to have a robust discussion and makes scheduling difficult.
Where and when is completely up to you! We encourage you to meet weekly and in a consistent location. Some groups meet at coffee shops, restaurants, homes, or at the church. Pick a place and time when you and your group members can be open and vulnerable, and a time that allows for consistent attendance.
The best place to start is with existing relationships. Who do you want to spend a year (almost) weekly talking through life-changing truth and having life-changing experiences with? That’s who you approach first!
We also have an ever-growing list of people who want to be in a group, so please ask for help if you are coming up short. We would love to help match you up with folks who want to be discipled, so they can make disciples!