Grace has a rich history of different types of groups that have cultivated gospel centered community. These have all been significant opportunities to foster community with others and now. Through these groups, we have discovered that people have a great needed for vulnerability with a small group of 3-5 individuals for even deeper spiritual growth and maturity to occur. As a part of our strategic initiatives, disciple groups are part of our plan to be a community focused on growing disciples who make other disciples.

WHAT IS A DISCIPLE GROUP?

Disciple Groups will be composed of 3-5 people who meet consistently and ongoing to share and do life together and learn to be more fully formed disciples. Groups will grow through use of Scriptural based materials, open conversations, accountability and prayer with the intent of creating and cultivating new groups to provide an opportunity to others to participate and grow through a Disciple Group.

HOW ARE DISCIPLE GROUPS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER GROUPS?

Three unique components:

  1. Size: Depth of spiritual growth, vulnerability and accountability can only be cultivated in a group of 3-5 people.
  2. Discernment in Community: Every week each group will ask the participants a set of questions to discern how to more deeply trust and obey Jesus about how He is calling the group and each person to be disciple-makers.
  3. Growth: Each group should organically move towards seeking out opportunities to disciple others as they grow, learn, and trust Christ together.

WHY JOIN A DISCIPLE GROUP?

From an Elder – “I’ve been in community Bible study groups for 15+ years so I wasn’t really sure I needed to be in a disciple group.  However, when I participated in my first Disciple Group, I realized there is a significant difference in a group of 3 to 5 people than a larger Bible Study group.”

You see in Disciple Groups, everyone is given the opportunity to share and there is an iron sharpens iron connection.  The conversation goes deeper as the group discerns what God is calling the group and individuals to do.

DISCIPLE GROUP FORMAT & RESOURCES

We encourage each group to begin with an 8-week study called Essential Guide to Becoming a Disciple by Greg Ogden.  From there, groups can continue on with Discipleship Essentials: Building Your Life in Christ by Greg Ogden. A coach will help you with future study materials.

DISCIPLE GROUP COMMITMENT

Each group will establish and agree upon expectations for the group. The commitment will include the recommended points:

  • Regular attendance
  • Complete confidentiality
  • Engaging the material
  • Commitment to transparency
  • Praying for each other
  • Starting another group

DISCIPLE GROUP ROLES

Convener: The convener is not the leader, but one who keeps the group on track, moving, and updated. The convener will most likely be the person who starts the group.

Coach: A coach will be assigned to a group and will come alongside the convener to help, resource, stay the course, discern multiplication, discuss group dynamics as needed and pray for a group.  The coach does not meet with the group, but is in constant contact with the convener.

LAUNCH A DISCIPLE GROUP

Periodically, we will host a gathering to help individuals start a Disciple Group.  When you express interest in participating in a group, we will share details of an upcoming gathering.  Are you ready to participate and experience the life changing joy and hope found in a Disciple Group?

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