WHAT IS A DISCIPLE?

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.

 

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A D-GROUP?

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.

 

HOW LONG WILL MY D-GROUP MEET?

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.

 

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THE GROUP LEADER?

There are 3 key expectations for every leader:

  1. Your continued growth as a Christ-follower through daily time in the Word, prayer, scripture memory, and sharing your faith so that you can model with integrity the objectives of this process.
  2. Your commitment to your group members to help them fulfill their expectations (see the next question!)
  3. Your willingness to ask for help when a question or situation arises that you don’t have an answer for.

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!

 

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THE GROUP MEMBERS?

The group members are expected to

  1. do the work each week and engage in added activities as they are introduced
  2. come prepared for and engage in the weekly group discussion
  3. be open and accountable to the group
  4. be open to the possibility of starting your own group after this one finishes.

Remember, the goal is to make disciples who will make disciples!

 

WHAT IS COVERED IN THE CURRICULUM?

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

For more detailed curriculum information Click HERE 

 

HOW BIG SHOULD MY GROUP BE?

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 WILL MY GROUP MEET?

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.

 

HOW DO I FIND PEOPLE FOR MY GROUP?

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!