Middle School Discipleship Groups
1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8:30 pm
Middle School D-groups start Wednesday, September 15, 2021
What are Discipleship Groups?
Discipleship is apprenticing someone in the Christian life and helping them develop spiritual disciplines. While Jesus could have reached the masses in His earthly ministry, He chose to devote the majority of His time to twelve men. He knew He needed to personally care for and form a small group of men who would be strong enough to do the same for others. In the end, this approach would multiply disciples and reach the masses. In other words, Jesus’ plan to reach the world was through the multiplication of disciples, which is why He asked us to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19).
Jesus focused on a small group. Making disciples is very relational and time intensive. There needs to be a strong level of trust, communication, and support in order to create the environment for discipleship. In a small group a teen can feel known, loved, and cared for. A level of confidentiality can be achieved which gives teens the freedom to open up about their struggles and doubts. In a small group there is the greater possibility to catch the things that teens don’t understand and have a discussion. In addition, the small group allows the leader to know their disciples well and thus be able to customize the topics of discussion that best reach those teens.
In this model, our youth will meet in a small group with other youth of the same grade and gender. This will enable us to focus on evangelizing first and catechizing next, which is ultimately the only way Disciples are formed. The heart has to be engaged and the relationship built, before the truth can be imparted and accepted.