We believe there are three simple steps to enable everyone to fulfil the Great Commission: Make, mature and multiply. We also believe that life transformation happens in the micro-Christian community, within a group of three to four people. We call that the Discipleship Group, or D-group. D-groups are equipped with resources that will help members to learn more about being spiritual disciples, their ministry and mission, and looking after their physical health and emotional wellness. It culminates with giving members the tools to give Bible studies and form new D-groups.
The Bible and the counsels of Ellen White’s writings in the Spirit of Prophecy declare that the primary mission of the church — besides all the functions within the body of Christ — is to make disciples for Jesus. While many Seventh-day Adventists would agree with Jesus’ Great Commission in Matthew 28 — our Lord’s final charge — how often do we actually make disciples for Jesus? And does every church member participate in this mission to multiply the kingdom of God?
The focus of our Care Groups or Small Groups tend to be on nurturing and supporting, occasionally inviting seekers or interested individuals to participate. It is easy to join or leave a Care Group or Small Group, and discussion topics are often wide and varied. A typical Care Group or Small Group has anything from six to 15 people.
Conversely, a D-group is a closed group committed to meeting regularly, with expressed permission to hold each other mutually accountable in spiritual growth and maturity. It includes a desire to live an emotional and spiritually healthy life, developing a passion for mission and service, and ultimately to invest one’s life in another’s. The recommended D-group size is three to five people.
At the end of the D-group cycle, participants are encouraged to give Bible studies and/or lead new D-groups.
We understand things don’t always go according to plan. If a member is no longer able to commit to the D-group, dropping out is encouraged, preferably with an intention to join another suitable group at a future date after a break. We don’t recommend members joining a D-group mid-session as the D-group resources are designed to cover essential areas of every Christian life, and time is needed to form a good spiritual community among members. Situations may occur where discretion needs to be exercised to combine or stop groups. Consult your local church pastor in such instances.