A Pathway for Disciple Making
Making disciples who make disciples is Jesus’ plan to reach the world, but how do we do that? D-Groups are the most effective tool we’ve found to help people make disciples. D-Groups provide a simple, replicatable plan for disciple making that leads to growth, accountability, and multiplication.
What is a D-Group?
A Discipleship Group (D-Group) is made up of 3 to 5 men or women committed to 12 months of intense spiritual growth. Through daily reading, journaling, accountability, and weekly fellowship, the D-Group is intentional about growing and applying the Word to their lives. The ultimate goal of the D-Group is multiplication; realized when each member sets out (individually or in pairs) to replicate the group, inviting new men or women to take this discipleship journey with them and one day replicate the process themselves.
What is not a D-Group?
Not another church program.
D-groups were started with an organic framework. D-groups are a process or pathway to make disciples. The framework provided for D-group 101 and 201 are designed with specific goals in mind to provide the believer with everything they need to study scripture, pray, serve, and replicate on their own.
Not a Bible Study.
The Bible is the main textbook, but D-groups are not to be confused with a Bible study. Bible studies have their place, but Discipleship has always been based on relationships. D-groups offer a framework for authentic relationships to take place. In these environments the Bible is study along with additional material in the context of accountable relationships to push the believer in their walk with the Lord.
Not a hangout time.
While fellowship is an important aspect of any D-groups, it must not be the predominant feature of the group. Necessary time must be allotted for Bible study, prayer, and accountability.
We understand that D-groups are not for everyone. D-groups meet weekly for a year for intense Bible study and accountability. Those participating in the groups will have weekly work to complete and come prepared for the group time.
Two of the biggest barriers to growth in the church are a lack of Biblical engagement and a lack of authentic accountability. Without these two things – personal Bible reading and accountable relationships – most of us will eventually stall in our spiritual growth. D-Groups solve this problem! The greatest benefit of a D-Group is the plan and accountability it provides to help get people into the Word and keep them in the Word until the Word gets into them.
D-Groups also give us a replicable plan for making disciples. When people don’t know what to do, they often don’t do anything at all. Though we know our mission is to makes disciples who make disciples, we just haven’t been shown how to do it, and that lack of a plan keeps us inactive and ineffective. In D-Groups, we have a simple plan and repeatable process that anyone can follow to facilitate a group that leads to personal growth and multiplication!
Marcs of a Healthy D-Group
We believe that the Word of God and the Spirit of God are more than enough to do the work of God through the people of God!
BIBLE READING PLAN
The Word Transforms Us
The “S” in MARCS is for Scriptural; the Bible is our curriculum in D-Groups. The transformation of our minds that happens when we read the Word leads to the changing of our hearts and lives. Being part of a group that is committed to the same daily Bible reading plan insures that transformation takes place!
The F-260 is the reading plan we recommend because it takes you chronologically through the Bible covering the major redemptive storyline of scripture in a way that is challenging, yet not overwhelming. Using this plan you will read and HEAR Journal through one or two chapters each week day, sharing those journal entries via text with your D-Groups to hold each group member accountable to the plan. By staying in touch daily and sharing your journals, you don’t have to wait a week for the group meeting to see who is keeping up, you know who’s reading each day and chances are that daily reminder will translate into everyone in the group reading daily! That’s a huge win that happens before we even meet, and a great help for those of us who struggle with self-discipline.
God wrote a book. He is waiting to speak to us through His Word whenever we are ready to take the time to prayerfully open it, read it, and hear from Him. By HEAR Journaling through the Word, we’re learning how to get the most from our time in God’s Word.
The HEAR Journal Method
HEAR stands for Highlight, Explain, Apply, and Respond. In the book Growing Up, there is an example HEAR journal entry. Your journal entries will be unique to you and will reflect your personality and learning style, but the format will help you to understand and apply God’s Word like never before! After you read, share your journal with your group to keep each other accountable. Remember, what’s expected must be inspected! The great by-product of sharing your journals with the group, in addition to accountability, is the new truths and applications you will gleam in the text from the others in your group.
Accountable to the Group, Accountable to Grow
Accountability is a big part of what makes D-Groups effective. Because the group is reading on the same schedule together and meeting to discuss accountability questions, there is an inherent emphasis on applying the Word to our lives.
The Great Commission emphasizes that we “teach them to obey” all that Jesus commanded and that is what accountability helps us to do. We’ve found that when we “inspect what we expect” people will meet and exceed those expectations.