Every new believer of Christ needs to go through a process of becoming a disciple or Christ follower. This process is called discipleship. Discipleship is the processes through which a new believer receives and implement the teachings and lifestyle of Jesus Christ to become a mature and effective Christian. And the D-group is where it all happens.
So what is a D-group?
A D-group or Discipleship Group is caring community connecting people to Christ. It is a group of students committed to grow together in their relationship in Christ, with one another, and with the World. A D-Group meets at least one to two hours a week and must consist not more than eight students for dynamic interaction.
As the D-group leader, you must host or facilitate a meaningful meeting where each member discovers God’s purpose in their life. LIFE CONNECTIONS are vital connections that will help members of the D-group grow in faith.
These 5 Life Connections should be made during your D-group meeting:
ONE ANOTHER – Deepen each other’s relationship to one another through bonding in prayer and fun icebreakers. Use this time to share faith victories and prayer needs (10-15 mins).
GOD – Connect with God through worship and testimonies of what God is doing in each other’s life. This may include a time of singing songs of worship (10 mins).
WORD – Connect people to the Bible for practical life application and transformation. You may use the Intentional Moves series as point of discussion and life sharing (20-30 mins).
WORLD – Challenge the people to connect with their family and friends in order to introduce Christ to them and guide them to know Christ more. Let each member identify individuals they plan to reach out during the week. (10-15 mins). (Continued on p. 6)
VISION – Remind the group that your intended purpose for meeting together is to grow together in relationship with God, with one another and with the world. It would help to recite our Vision Statement as a group at the end of every meeting.
“We are a movement of multiplying disciples, reconciling students to Christ, transforming the family, the campus, the marketplace and the world.”
Make the members of the D-group your personal ministry and relational priority. Pray for each of your members. Keep in touch with each member at least once a week. Go out for ministry and recreational bonding.
If the group becomes too large to stay in touch with each member, consider appointing a co-leader to help you lead the group, which may become two groups in the future. Spend extra time training your co-leader.
THE LIGHT COMMITMENTS
- L – Lift your classmates and campus in prayer
- I – Introduce Christ to your friends and classmates
- G – Guide your friends to grow in Christ
- H – Host a student discipleship group (D-Group)
- T – Transform your D-group into a movement of multiplying disciples