A D-Group can begin with as few as three to five members. New groups should be started when a group enrollment reaches eight. To begin a discipleship group consider creating diversity within the group, such as:
New believers, who can benefit by connecting in discipleship with other believers.
Unbelievers and the unchurched, who are open to hearing about Jesus.
Multi-generational believers, who bring different life stages and different spiritual journeys into the group.
Believers struggling in life with issues such as drug abuse, depression, and gender identification, who will benefit from having the support and accountability of other believers.
D-Groups can meet anytime and anywhere including a coffee shop, cafe, home, park, school, church, or place of business. When leading a D-Life D-Group, the following agenda should be followed:
Fellowship Time - Create fellowship within the group wherever it meets. Share coffee, a snack, or a meal.
Accountability Time - Create accountability each week by asking if group members read their Bibles daily. Lead them to share some application points written in their notes.
Prayer Time - Develop an on-going emphasis on prayer, with members taking responsibliity for leading the group in prayer, praying for specific prayer requests, and praying for revival in our land.
Tell the Story - Assign a member in the group each week to tell the Bible story or paraphrase the passage to be studied in his or her own words.
Read the Story - Assign another member in the group to read the passage to be studied from the Bible. See if anything was left out of the storytelling.
Facilitate Bible Study - Assign another member in your group to facilitate the Bible study using the questions provided in the weekly study guide. When facilitating, use the weekly study guide questions with intention. When time is an issue, use only 3 to 5 questions and work to intentionally involve all group members in the discussion. Keep the discussion on point. Be truthful, positive, and transparent. Clearly address theological issues when necessary. Always be sensitive to the Holy Spirit.
Ministry Planning Time - Spend a few minutes planning for your next ministry project. Each D-Group will do one ministry and evangelism project every two months.
Weekly Assignments - Make assignments for the next week to different members of the group to: lead in prayer, tell the story, read the story, and facilitate the Bible Study.