5 Steps to Take Before Starting a Discipleship Group

5 Steps to Take Before Starting a Discipleship Group

You know you should be meet in a discipleship group, but you don’t have a clue where to begin. When we don’t know what to do, we don’t do anything at all. Checklists are invaluable tools for navigating challenging tasks. Here are 5 steps to take before Beginning a Discipleship Group:

1.     Pray: Ask God for Wisdom

Before selecting anyone to follow him, Jesus spent a considerable amount of time in prayer, particularly the night before selecting the 12. Luke 6:12-13, “In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles.” Before you talk to men about God, talk to God about men (or women).

2.     Prepare: Work out the details

Prior to your first meeting, you should be prepared to answer these questions: 

  • Where are you going to meet? 
  • What time will you meet? 
  • How long will you meet? 
  • What will you study? 
  • What Scriptures will you memorize?

By meeting in a group of 3 to 5, as opposed to 1 on 1, you won’t feel the burden of shouldering the weight of leading by yourself. If you missed any of those Episodes, You can find them here: 

What was the Ideal Discipleship Group Size for Jesus?
Why You Should Disciple in a Group of 3 to 5 (Part 1)
Why You Should Disciple in a Group of 3 to 5 (Part 2)
Should I Ever Meet with Someone 1 on 1?

3.     Perceive: Analyze potential group members

Your D-Group should consist of F.A.T. believers: Faithful, Available, and Teachable. You are looking for believers who have a desire to grow in their, a passion for the things of God, and a disposition to learn. Look for people who are already in your concentric circles: church, sunday school class, small group, job, neighborhood, etc.

4.     Proceed: Gather a group of people

After identifying a few potential people, prayerfully approach two to three individuals and ask, “Would you be interested in studying the Bible together? Would you be interested in memorizing Scripture and praying together?” I have personally found that many people are open to that. All you have to do is ask. Never say, “Would you like for me to disciple you?” as this question may come across in a derogatory manner. Keep in mind, men should disciple men, and women should disciple women.

5. Participate: Get in the Game

There are 3 types of people in the world:

  1. Those who make things happen
  2. Those who watch things happen
  3. Those who wonder, “What the heck just happened.” 

Sadly, many believers sit on the sidelines paralyzed by the lie that they’re incapable of discipling others.

Thankfully, the disciples didn’t buy into that. If so, none of us would be here today. You and I are links in the chain of 2 Timothy 2:2. Every one of us is either an outlet through which the life-changing gospel flows to others or an obstacle that impedes its advancement. (Tweet That)

Follow these Steps, and you will be on your way to beginning a Discipleship Group.
You can do it!
What are you waiting for? 

Robby Gallaty is the Senior Pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN. He was radically saved out of a life of drug addiction on November 12, 2002. In 2008, he began Replicate Ministries to equip and train men and women to be disciples who make disciples. He is also the author of Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples (2013), Firmly Planted: How to Cultivate a Faith Rooted in Christ (2015), Rediscovering Discipleship: Making Jesus’ Final Words Our First Work (2015), Foundations: A 260-Day Bible Reading Plan for Busy Believers (2015), and The Forgotten Jesus: How Western Christians Should Follow an Eastern Rabbi (2017).