D Group FAQ’s
What is a Disciple? One who is following Jesus, being changed by Jesus, and is committed to the mission of Jesus.
What are D-Groups? D-Groups are small groups committed to study and application of God’s truths in their lives. D-Groups will provide accountability and encouragement for you as you live your life.
Why are we doing D-Groups? The Lord in the Great Commission, Matthew 28:18-20 commanded us to go and make disciples. One of the ways we are to do that is by “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (28:19b). In short, D-Groups are designed to help you accomplish the Great Commission.
When do we meet? We are encouraging everyone to meet on Sunday evenings. We will begin with worship at 5:30 PM and dismiss to D-Groups by 5:55 PM. This allows us to begin our time of study together from a mindset of worship. At the discretion of the group and in consultation with the staff, groups may meet at different times during the week.
What about my children? Three year old and younger children will be in extended care during worship at 5:30. Children four years old and older will come to the worship time with their families. When worship concludes, children will begin TeamKID: Setting the Pace. TeamKID (Kids In Discipleship) features memory games and application of Bible truths, mission videos and activities, and fun activity-based learning all while helping your kids grow to be more like Jesus. TeamKID will dismiss at 7:00. Middle School and High School students dismiss from worship to their discipleship groups called E Groups (Emerge Student Ministry).
Where do we meet? Groups will be assigned a meeting area around the church.
How long do the meetings last? D-Groups will last 45 minutes to 1 hour. Groups with parents of children will need to pay particular attention to the 7:00 dismissal of children from TeamKID.
How long will my D-Group continue? From 12 to 24 months. Each group will be unique in its makeup and, therefore, unique in its duration. While you will build a lifelong connection with those in your group, no group is permanent. The goal of the group is to make disciples that make disciples. This requires multiplication. A group that does not multiply can become a Holy Huddle.
How do I join? Facilitators are praying about persons they want to include in their groups via personal invitation. Persons interested in D Groups can also call the church office to sign up. Staff and facilitators will work together to develop groups.
How many people are in each group? Including the facilitator, the desired group size is three to five. Without boring you with all of the statistics in support, groups of this size are ideal to provide transparency and accountability.
Are the groups gender specific? Yes. This allows for deeper conversation about issues that are specific to each gender.
Will my group members be of similar ages or generation? That is up to you. There is benefit in any combination. Seek the Lord’s leadership.
What material will we study? The Bible. That’s the short answer. Tools that will accompany this study are Disciples Path Vol 1 & 2. These 2 volumes are required because they give participants a solid foundation on basics of our faith and Doctrines of the Church. Groups can pull in others studies of their choice during their time together. Your facilitator will work with our staff to determine a study course tailored to your group.
What happens if I miss a week? Your group will still meet, discuss the material, and pray together. However, the group will not move forward in the study until all members of the group have met at the same time. Your time together is essential to the nature of the group to help you grow in your daily walk with Christ.
Do I really need to sign a covenant? Yes. View the covenant as your commitment to the process of discipleship. The covenant provides the framework for grace filled accountability which is essential to discipleship. If your group wants to add additional commitments, they can.
Do I have to teach? In order to be most effective, leaders do not act as teachers but facilitators. The groups are designed that the “study” is done during the week in preparation for the D-Group meetings. Essentially, the answers to the next week’s meeting time are accomplished by your interaction with God’s word during the week.
Why can’t people add to my group any time? A closed group, one where the group is set and does not change, provides the greatest intentionality, transparency and accountability. Introducing a new person into established relationships and commitments changes the established group’s intimacy
Is this for everyone? Yes and no. Discipleship is needed by everyone. However, this ministry is designed specifically for those who recognize and have a desire to grow in their walk for Christ.
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If you have any questions, please contact us below or call 662.328.2924