Making disciples who make disciples is Jesus' plan for reaching the world. But how do we do that?
Discipleship Groups, or D-Groups, are the most effective tool we've found to help people make disciples. These groups provide a simple plan for disciple-making that leads to growth, accountability, and multiplication.
A D-Group is...
- made up of 3-5 men or women.
- a 12-month commitment to weekly Bible study, prayer, journaling, and group accountability.
- supposed to multiply! One group becomes four groups becomes sixteen groups and so on.
A D-Group is not…
- another church program.
- a Bible Study.
- hangout time.
Big problems, one simple solution
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, 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 make 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
Healthy D-Groups find ways to meet regularly in places where they can form meaningful gospel relationships and they spur each other on toward sharing the gospel and making disciples.
Healthy D-Groups foster authentic, honest, accountable relationships and hold members accountable to both their personal growth and to apply what they’re learning.
Healthy D-Groups begin with the end in mind. From the beginning their goal is to replicate the process at the end of the year by sending out each group member to start new D-Groups. This is possible because of the simple to replicate components of D-Groups.
Healthy D-Groups are a community that practices the “one anothers” of scripture. They communicate throughout the week, meet weekly, and build Christ-centered friendships.
Healthy D-Groups have as their text book, the Bible. There is an epidemic of studies in the church that teach us a lot about the Word but don’t teach us how to engage the Word and hear from God on our own. 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!