Discipleship groups (d-groups)
What are D-groups?
D-groups are smaller, gender-specific groups of 3-5 who are striving and committing to a 12-18 month season of accelerated spiritual transformation with the purpose of multiplication, accountability, and spiritual growth.
Why are D-groups important?
At OFBC, we desire to see believers become Christ-like disciple-makers. We believe the best way we can do this as a covenant body of believers is through these smaller core groups where mentorship and authentic, transparent accountability can occur. D-groups follow Jesus' model for ministry, and are one way to see exponential growth in your spiritual life.
What happens in a D-group?
During the week, members of D-groups will strive to grow in the spiritual disciplines of daily Bible reading, H.E.A.R. journaling, scripture memory, accountability and prayer. Weekly meetings are a focused time of prayer, conversation, and accountability.
Ready to join or start a D-group?
Great! We're excited for you to take this next step on the discipleship pathway. D-groups are a great place for disciples to become disciple-makers. It does require a commitment. So, we ask that you are: Faithful, Available, Intentional, Teachable, and Humble.
We will train in godliness (1 Tim. 4:7-8) by weekly committing to the five disciplines:
- Bible Reading
- H.E.A.R. Journaling
- Scripture Memory
We will rely on the Holy Spirit and God's Word to guide us through the process (2 Tim. 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12). Though we commit to the disciplines outlined above, it is not our effort that changes us, but the Holy Spirit through His Word. The disciplines provide room in our lives for God to work.
The MARCS of a healthy discipleship group are guideposts for determining the health of your discipleship ministry and discipling relationships:
MISSIONAL | ACCOUNTABLE | REPRODUCIBLE | COMMUNAL | SCRIPTURAL
What is a H.E.A.R. Journal?
Put simply, H.E.A.R. Journaling is a way to help you read the Bible with the intention of applying it.
Our main focus with H.E.A.R. journaling is to read, understand, and respond to God's Word. By asking four simple question, you can understand and apply any passage. In addition, journaling is a great discipline because it helps you retain three times more of what you read.
- H (Highlight): What is a verse(s) that stood out to you in your reading?
- E (Explain): What is the author's intended meaning in the context of the passage?
- A (Apply): What is the principle to live by today?
- R (Respond): How will I respond to the application in my relationships and/or situations this week?