I love the start of a New Year. All my boys want to do is stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve and shoot fireworks! I rarely stay up until midnight anymore. Isn’t that sad? I just can’t hang; I get too sleepy and go to bed. There’s always next year, right?

What I do love about this time is the anticipation of what is to come in this next year. If you are like me, you are reflecting right now and deciding what you want to change or adjust, or what areas you want to be better in. The new year is a great time to evaluate our commitments and determine what things we want to continue and what things we want to start fresh.

At the beginning of almost every new year, I start a discipleship group. A D-Group a perfect space to gather with a group of ladies so we can band together for a year of spiritual growth and fellowship. I always look forward to starting new groups because I need that time in my life just as much as the ladies I get the privilege of meeting with.

One element to starting a new discipleship group that I find essential is to establish a covenant of expectations. This covenant isn’t meant to scare anyone or cause any panic. It simply lays out all that you will be doing together so that everyone knows upfront what they are committing to. I go over this covenant a few weeks before the group starts and ask each lady to pray over it. If they want to commit to this group for the next year, they sign it and bring it back on the first day of your group.

This is a perfect way to discuss what you will be reading together and what you will be memorizing together. You can also talk about the importance of attendance and how transparency and confidentiality are crucial to the group. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want these things sprung on me out of nowhere. I want to know what is expected of me before I commit to anything.

A covenant will not eliminate any issues you may have during your year together, but it can significantly diminish them. I am serious about my commitments, and I want others to be as well. If you want discipleship to be effective, accountability must be present every step of the way. We can’t hold someone responsible for something they haven’t said they will do in the first place.

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So as we kick off this new year, I encourage you to start a discipleship group or participate in one for your own spiritual walk. If you are leading one, make sure you establish a covenant to ensure that everyone is on board and fully aware of what the year will hold.

Blessings to each and every one of you, and I pray that 2020 is your best year yet!

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