Central to disciple-making is the disciple-making relationship. At Temple we have begun several d-groups (discipleship groups) to facilitate these relationships. In fact, including those who are currently in d-groups, we have over 30 people in discipling relationships. While we are still in the infancy stages of d-group formations, I am very excited to see how the Lord has already been working through these groups to make disciples who think, act, and live like Jesus!
Here are some common questions about d-groups…
What is a d-group?
A d-group is a gender-exclusive group of three to five believers who meet, at a minimum of, every two weeks. While there are various components to d-groups the purpose should always center around prayer, accountability, encouragement, and Bible study. D-groups should meet for 12-18 months.
What happens when a d-group meets?
I’ll simply share what happens when my d-group meets. We usually meet at a local restaurant where we can sit together and they don’t mind us staying for a longer period of time (usually 1.5 to 2 hrs). After breakfast and a time of fellowship we open with prayer. The first thing we do is discuss our Bible reading for the week. Our group has chosen to use the M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan. We share insights and lessons we have learned our Scripture reading. As the group leader, sometimes I will pull out something from our reading to teach on for a few minutes, however, my goal is to get our d-group participants to talk about the Word and what the Lord is teaching them. It is important that we start with our Scripture reading because we want that to be the focus of our d-group. While there are great resources that we can, and do, use in our d-group, there is nothing outside the Bible that is more important than the Bible.
After we spend some time going through the Scripture, we turn to an excellent resource on disciple-making that we are reading through together–“Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples” by Robby Gallaty. I was first exposed to this book about three years ago and I haven’t been able to put it down. Yes, it’s a simple read, but it had a tremendous impact upon my life. Most importantly it provided me an excellent resource to use, along with the Bible, to disciple others. We read one chapter a week, if we meet weekly, or two chapters, if we meet bi-weekly. We usually work through the chapters discussing various points of interests and statements from Gallaty. After discussing Gallaty’s work we turn our attention to to applications of the truth we have learned and close with a time of prayer and surrender to the Lord.
This is what a d-group can look like. There are other models and structures that serve well. If you are a member or attender of Temple Baptist Church and would like to know more information about being in a d-group, please email me at Kelly@templebaptistfay.com and I’ll be happy to discuss this in more detail with you.