Here are two ways to prepare your D-Group for multiplication:
Give The Group Away
Give each member of your D-Group a chance to lead the discussion from time to time. Let them learn in a safe environment what it looks like to lead a group.
Intentionally Invest In Others
Jesus didn’t do anything by accident. Encourage your D-Group to add intentionality to every aspect of their lives, always on the lookout for opportunities to build relationships that could be leveraged for discipleship.
Spheres Of Influence
Each circle represents a sphere of influence God’s given you (work, family, neighborhood, etc). After identifying your unique spheres of influence, begin thinking through the one person God’s granted you favor with in that particular sphere. Share these names with your DGroup and begin praying for these people by name.
THE ROLE OF multiplicaton IN MAKING DISCIPLES
When calling His first disciples, Jesus not only invited them to share life with Him, but He gave them a glimpse of what was to come (Matthew 4:19). Mark 3 teaches that Jesus “appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with Him and He might send them out to preach.”
While they were with Him, they realized that Jesus was acutely aware of His sentness. John captures this truth in His gospel, reminding us over 25 times that Jesus was the Savior sent by God. Jesus found satisfaction in doing the will of the One who sent Him (John 4:34). Everything He taught (John 7:16) and did (John 6:38) stemmed from being sent.
Then, in John 20:21, Jesus did something spectacular. He said to His disciples, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” Of course this sending is captured in Matthew 28:19, when Jesus says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
The Sent One had now sent them to join His Spirit in continuing this redemptive work. He started with “come and follow” so that they could eventually “go and make.” We are here today because of their faithfulness and we too have been sent to live on mission.
As you begin this new D-Group, make multiplication the new norm. Challenge members to make a commitment to do with others what you will do with them. Remind them often that they are learning in order to teach (2 Timothy 2:2). Spend time praying for potential people they will invite to be part of their D-Group. Continually consider the power of personal discipleship and encourage them to cultivate relationships that can be leveraged into discipleship opportunities.