Starting a Group: What Does The First Meeting Look Like?

Starting a Group: What Does The First Meeting Look Like?
  1.   Begin and end with prayer.
  2.   Pass out and explain the Spiritual Journey Inventory:
  • My first recollection of being in church was ___________.
  • The closest I have felt to God in my life was ___________.
  • The farthest I felt from God was ___________. 
  • If I could change one incident in my life it would be ________. Why?
  • If I could thank God for one person in my life, it would be _________. Why?
  • The turning point in my relationship with God was ________. Why?
  • Have each group member share their testimony with the group.

Next ask: 

  • Why Did you Choose to be in the Group?
  • What do you expect to get out of the Group?

Finally, offer three disclaimers to the group:

  1. You must be a note taker.
  2. Don’t Be THAT guy or girl by monopolizing the time.
  3. Go over the Disciplemaking Covenant.

Disciplemaking Covenant

  • I pledge myself fully to the Lord with the anticipation that I am entering a time of accelerated spiritual transformation.
  • I will meet with my D-Group for approximately one and one-half hours every week, unless providentially hindered.
  • I will complete all assignments on a weekly basis before my D-Group meeting, in order to contribute to the discussion.
  • I will contribute to an atmosphere of confidentiality, honesty, and transparency for the edification of others in the group as well as my own spiritual growth.
  • I will pray every week for the other men/women who are on the discipleship journey with me.
  • I will begin praying about replicating the discipleship process upon completion of this group.

Signed Mentee ___________________________________

Signed Mentor ___________________________________

Date ___________________________________

This post is a series on how to start a d-group in January. Click here to read the past ones.

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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) The Forgotten Jesus: How Western Christians Should Follow an Eastern Rabbi (2017), and Bearing Fruit: What Happens When God’s People Grow (2017).