What: A gender-specific closed group of three to five believers (including the leader) who meet together regularly for the purpose of accelerated spiritual transformation. A person joins a D-Group by invitation only.
Why: Connect Groups are for the broad purposes of community, Bible study, and evangelism. Connect Groups are “open” to anyone, regardless of where they are spiritually. D-Group consists of people (typically from the same Connect Group) who want more resourcing in biblical friendships. This does include both male D-groups and female D-groups.
When: D-groups will launch in the Fall although they can start at any time of the year. Groups should meet for 12-18 months. Some members will desire to leave the group and begin their own (again connected to a CG). Others will want to remain in the comfort zone of the existing group. Remember, the goal is for members to replicate their lives into someone else.
How: The format of a D-group is not one of teacher-student, but of a roundtable discussion. It has been said ‘A teacher shares information, while a discipler share life’. More details will be forthcoming, but expectations of a D-group are: regularly meeting together for encouragement, Scripture discussion, total confidentiality, active (with a spouse) in Connect Group (or Home Connect Group) and church.