“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
What is a D-Group?
“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1
A “D-Group” is a group of 3 – 5 people who meet together on a regular basis to practice Christlike disciplines. The book by Robby Gallaty offers a good explanation of these disciplines.
D-Group members are to:
Memorize, discuss scripture.
Ask each other questions about work, marriage, and life.
Share the gospel with others.
The idea is to help one another grow spiritually, deepen our relationship with Christ and to multiply ourselves by pouring into others.
“We are to intentionally equip believers with the Word of God through accountable relationships, empowered by the Holy Spirit, in order to replicate faithful followers of Christ.” Robby Gallaty
Why participate in a D-Group?
“So, we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.”
1 Thessalonians 2:8
God never intended for our salvation to be an end, but a beginning. God saved us to be a conduit through which His glorious, life-changing gospel would flow to others. The goal of every Christian being discipled is to become someone who can disciple others – multiplication.
“From the start, God’s simple design has been for every single disciple of Jesus to make disciples, who make disciples, who make disciples until the gospel spreads to all peoples on the planet.” David Platt
Three easy steps to help you get started!
Step 1 – Form or Find a group: If you have read Growing Up and are familiar with the D-Group disciplines, or if you have completed a D-Group class taught by Pastor Dusty, or if you have graduated from an existing D-Group, you should be ready to start your own D-Group. Seek out some fellow members from within your Group (Sunday School) and/or friends from within your circle of acquaintances. Ask them if they would like to form a D-Group with you. Once you have formed your group consisting of 3 – 5 people, decide on who will lead your D-Group. Remember the Growing Up book is a good guide to help you get started.
Step 2 – Stay Accountable: If you are the D-Group leader please download the Lindsay Lane smartphone App and click on the D-Group widget after each of your D-Group meetings to report your attendance. Or send an emailing containing who was in attendance after each of your D-Group meetings to email@example.com. This helps us keep up with how well the D-Groups are doing.
Step 3 – Start meeting. A D-Group can meet anywhere and anytime that is convenient for that individual D-Group: coffee house, park, workplace, restaurant, or anywhere. In the first few meetings spend some time getting acquainted. Lay out your expectations and set goals for your group. A D-Group is more than just going through the Growing Up book. The Growing Up book is a model of how to set up your D - Group and what types of disciplines to study. If your D-Group consists of new Christians you may want to start with books like: “Survival Kit, Call to Joy, Beginning Steps, etc.” These books are tailored to help a new Christian get the correct foundation. If your D-Group consists of mature Christians you may want to review the basics by going through the “Growing Up” book as a way to get started. Later you can move on to more challenging topics. A D-Group continues until the individual members are versed enough in the “Growing Up” practices and disciplines to “multiply” themselves by starting another D-Group.
If you have any questions, comments and suggestions, contact Randy Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.