Disciple Makers

D-Groups at First McKinney

Discipleship

D-Groups are a small group of people who are committed to reading the Bible and intentionally walking with one another to trust and follow Jesus in obedience.

A disciple is someone who lives and loves like Jesus. Our hope is to see each believer in our church body be a disciple-maker. That is someone who is teaching and holding others accountable to hear what God is saying, obeying what He says, and sharing what He says with others.

The Bible points us to this multiplication-mindset (Matt. 28:18-20, Mark 1:17, 2 Tim. 2:2) all throughout its story and our goal is to see the Word of God as the central piece and spiritual discipline to foster a disciple-making culture here at First McKinney.  We feel that is best done through what we call "D-Groups."  These differ slightly from our Life Groups, because of size and a more intentional approach to reading the Bible daily.  Many people who are in a D-Group are also part of a Life Group.
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The following resources are here to help you as a disciple-maker walk with your Discipleship Group (D-Group) as each of you becomes more like Christ and then launches out to teach others how to make disciples. Followers of Jesus are disciples, and disciples are disciple-makers.

How to Start a D-group

D-Group
  • WHO:  Group of three to six people from your circle of influence
  • WHEN:  Weekly for at least 66 days*
       *why 66 days?? Research shows it takes 66 days to form a habit, and once established, some may be ready to launch!
  • WHERE:  Anywhere! (home, church building, restaurant, etc.)
  • WHAT:
    •   Read & Pray Daily (reading plan)**
    •   Gather Weekly (90-minutes)
    •   Mission Monthly (lead & serve)
    •   Launch Annually (66+ days for multiplication)
      **Curriculum = The Bible
  • HOW:  Look Back/Look Up/Look Forward + S.O.S. Method (See Below)

The  S.O.S.  Method

Personal Discipleship

Say   |   Obey   |   Share

Individual/Group Sharing

In your daily reading plan, pick out a specific verse, or a point in the passage that the Spirit caused to stand out to you, write the verse in your own words, and then walk through the following questions…

SAY  |  God, what are you saying to me? 

Mediate over God's Word and the verse you wrote out? What is God saying?

OBEY  |  How do you want me to obey?

Looking at the verse, what is God calling you to do? Develop a specific action step to take.

SHARE  |  Who do you want me to share this with? 

Who can you share the verse with and the action step God showed you?  Usually this is in your circle of influence.  Make sure you follow through with this step.
Discipleship
S.O.S  EXAMPLE: Luke 6:9-10
“And Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?” And after looking around at them all he said to him, ”Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored.”
  • SAY – Don’t overcomplicate the love and acts of Jesus in and through your life. If the opportunity is there to show love, then do it! You don’t have to wait for the most opportune time, nor worry about it. Simply love Jesus and be obedient to who and what he has called you to.
  • OBEY – Reach out to my next-door neighbor and invite their family over for dinner.
  • SHARE – with my wife and neighbor.
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TIPS FOR STARTING A D-GROUP:
  • Start with your “oikos” or circle of influence. See who the Holy Spirit leads you to and pray over the names. Make the ask, explain the commitment to the group & vision for multiplication and get started!
  • Set a day, time and place and stick to it. Be committed but not overly rigid. Be creative and be you…Enjoy the adventure!
  • In your first meeting, consider the optional group covenant provided HERE. Spend time getting to know each other and sharing testimonies. Teach the S.O.S. method and cast vision to replicate.
  • Groups should be designed to reproduce, so we recommend they last around a year. After that they then each person forms a new group.

Look Back / Look Up / Look Forward

D-Group Format

During your weekly time together in your D-Group, you can divide up your time with the structure below.  We recommend do each section for one third of your time.  Adapt this for your group.

LOOK BACK

Share what has happened since you last met

  • Spend time in Prayer together
  • Check-in with each other: How are you doing? (Share blessings, celebrations, struggles & confession)
  • What happened last week when you obeyed (From your S.O.S.)?

LOOK UP

Spend time looking at the Word of God

  • Read that days Scripture reading together and discuss, “What is God saying to you/me/us?”
  • This is the "S" from the S.O.S. method.

LOOK FORWARD

Look back on the time since you last met

  • How can I/we Obey?  Share with the group.
  • Who can I/we share this with? Share this with the group.
  • Pray together to close out your time.

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