We have many great environments for accountability, community, and Bible study, so we didn’t set out to reinvent the wheel. D-groups were created and designed specifically to make disciples who will go and make disciples (2 Timothy 2:2).
Disciplemaking is about direction. It’s not a destination. By learning to study the Bible for yourself, think theologically, develop spiritual disciplines, and articulate all of that in your own words, you will gain tools to not only lead and equip others, but to more faithfully move towards Jesus for the rest of your life!
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 accomplished by the Spirit, but this is something Jesus told us to do (Matt 28:18-20) and promised to be with us as we do it!
While in a D-group, the participants will learn how to study the Bible together, learn key theological and doctrinal truths, establish spiritual disciplines, and grow in their ability to share their faith with others.
Most groups meet from 9-12 months. The curriculum contains 25 topics, some of which may take two weeks to complete. If you power through, you would be done in 6-8 months, but once you factor in “life-factors” (sickness, out-of-town, holidays) it typically takes 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. One of the leader’s most important jobs is to balance the pace of the study with the needs of the group. When in doubt ask for help.
There are 3 key expectations for every leader:
No leader is perfect 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
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!