Starting a New Group
Learning the basics
WHY SHOULD I DISCIPLE OTHERS?
Disciple is used over 265 in New Testament, Christian is only used 3. Dr. Robert E. Coleman once remarked, “men were His method.” Indeed, discipleship was the method of our Master. If we are to be like Jesus, surely we ought to be investing our lives in others as He did.
WHERE DO I BEGIN?
Pray for wisdom (James 1:5) as it pertains to who should be in your Group. Be intentional in building relationships that can be leveraged into discipleship opportunities. Start doing now personally what you hope your group will do together corporately.
WHAT IS A GROUP?
A Group is a small, same gender group of people meeting at least once a week in pursuit of Jesus. Together, a Group is learning to submit to the Lordship of Jesus so that they are increasingly made into His image and engaged in His mission.
WHAT'S MY ROLE AS THE LEADER?
Like Paul, you’re encouraging others to follow you as you follow Christ (1 Cor. 11:1). Your goal isn’t to reproduce yourself, but to allow the Spirit to work through you to form others into the image of Christ. Group Leaders are both stewards and shepherds of God’s people.
LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR YOUR GROUP
HOW DO I INVITE OTHERS INTO MY GROUP?
Look for people who are teachable! Jesus said simply, “follow me.” It was an invitation into His life. In the same way, invite others to share life with you. Remember: it’s not as much about you teaching them as it is about you all learning together.
WHERE SHOULD MY GROUP MEET?
Feel free to meet in a public space so long as you can still share times of meaningful prayer and accountability together. Meeting outside the church helps people see that it’s okay to read the Bible at a restaurant or to pray in public. It’s also good to meet in homes, where biblical instruction should ideally start.
WHAT RESOURCES SHOULD I USE IN MY GROUP?
We believe that the Bible is the best place to start. We encourage D-Groups to use the F-260 Reading Plan. The F-260 is a two hundred and sixty day reading plan from Replicate Ministries that highlights the foundational passages of Scripture that every disciple should know.
WHAT DOES EACH GROUP LOOK LIKE?
Each meeting should ideally include time for catching up (5-10 minutes), reading God’s Word and sharing journal entries (40-45 minutes), praying together (15+ minutes), reviewing Scripture you’ve memorized together throughout the week (10 minutes), and engaging in accountability (10-15 minutes).