DG Leader Equip

Philosophy of Discipleship

Why is discipleship essential? • How do we do discipleship?


The Character of a Leader

integrity • authenticity • transparency and love


The Skill of Vision Casting

Giving Purpose • Building Culture • Motivating Others to Action


The Skill of Facilitating Discussion

Aiming for the heart by listening and asking questions


DG Ministry Guide

Philosophy and Methodology


Vision and Mission

Our vision, as a church, is to impact every city and neighborhood in the South Puget Sound Region with the gospel. Our mission is “go make disciples”. 

Discipleship Groups are small group gatherings, that meet in homes all across the South Puget Sound region. They are extensions of our larger gatherings and provide an opportunity for people to intentionally grow in their spiritual maturity. The group members are encouraged to have trustworthy, authentic relationships, and to engage in disciple-making. The participants are committed to helping one another worship and abide in Christ. They encourage each other to walk by the power of the Holy Spirit and invite others to live for Jesus. 


Discipleship Values

We have five core values; Jesus, Love, Truth, Transformation, Legacy that inform our philosophy for ministry and provide guidance in how we equip leaders.

JESUS - We follow Jesus.Jesus is God. He is supreme and preeminent over all things. As God, Jesus entered into the brokenness of humanity to redeem us and reconcile us to himself. He lived a perfect sinless life, setting the example of what true humanity should look like. On the cross, he died a sacrificial, substitutionary death taking the punishment we deserve for our sins. On the third day, he rose physically from the grave conquering sin and death.

LOVE - We are growing in love.
Love is a gift from God. The most powerful demonstration of God’s love is seen in the cross of Christ. Because we have been loved by God, we can worship him in adoration. Because we have been loved by God, we can love each other in the name of Jesus, for the glory of Jesus.  

TRUTH - We believe the truth.Truth is a gift from God. The Bible is God’s perfect revelation given to us so that we can know absolute truth. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.

TRANSFORMATION - We are experiencing transformation.Transformation is a gift from God. Though we were once dead in sin, we have been made alive in Christ. Being alive in Christ, means that we are in a process of growth and maturity as we are being transformed into the image of Christ, from one degree of glory to another.

LEGACY - We are building a kingdom legacy.Legacy is a gift from God. Before the foundation of the world, God chose us in Christ in fulfillment of his redemptive plan. Because Jesus sacrificially poured himself out to serve us, we can sacrificially pour ourselves out to serve God and his people by fulfilling our calling, growing in Christlike character and developing our gifts to build a legacy for Christ.


Guidelines and Operations

Discipleship Groups gather weekly, for 10 week cycles, at a designated host home. They have an option to share a meal, they have bible-based discussions, and dedicated times of prayer. Their goals are; to apply God’s truth to their lives, to disciple one another, and multiply. Between each cycle the group takes a break from their standard rhythm to engage with non-believers. 

Each weekly gathering is coordinated by the leader, or a designated admin from within the group, and should be organized through the groups’ page on Church Community Builder (CCB) or through the LEAD app. These messages should include; the meeting time, meal theme and any other information that will help each person prepare prior to the gathering.  


Host Homes

These homes belong to an individual or family within group. The host is responsible for ensuring that their home is prepared to receive the group each week. The group understands that this is an opportunity for the host to use their gift of hospitality, but is also an opportunity for the group to serve the host by helping to clean up after each gathering.


Childcare

Childcare is optional and dependent on the group leader(s) and hosts to determine which of
the following will apply to their group;

• Option 1: Childcare not offered. Parents to acquire outside of the group, as needed.
• Option 2: Group pays for childcare. The cost paid for by parents or shared by the group.
• Option 3: Groups trade childcare with one another, they alternate weeks.
• Option 4: Two adults from within the group conduct childcare. For safety purposes, preferably two adults of the same gender. They use curriculum and/ or activities provided.


Liturgy for Gatherings

Each Discipleship Group has a set liturgy or schedule which helps guide their time together. A set schedule is reliable, memorable and creates an expected standard for each gathering. It is a key component that helps shape the culture of the group.

Types of Gatherings

There are three options for gatherings. Each is lead by approved and trained leaders.
     • Option One: Co-ed - led by a married couple (exp. Aquila & Priscilla)
     • Option Two: Male - led by a single or married man
     • Option Three: Female-led by a single or married woman

Subgroups

Each gathering periodically breaks into smaller discussion groups, of 3-6 adults, for stronger relational discipleship. Co-ed groups are to separate by gender. Non-Co-ed leaders are to identify someone from within the group to lead/ facilitate the second smaller group discussion. 

Group Curriculum

Each group is to use a curriculum developed and provided by church leadership. This content will enable participants to engage with the scriptures discussed on Sundays and help equip each participant in the work of disciple-making. 

Group Commitment

Each participant is given a form which outlines commitment and group expectations.

Group Pathway

Group members are encouraged to invite their One Life to the Sunday gathering, then into relational discipleship within the church; Hospitality Team, Disciple Equip, Discipleship Group.

 

Leader Roles

Discipleship Group Leader

Each gathering is led by a Discipleship Group Leader. The leader is responsible for vision casting, facilitating discussion and being a champion of discipleship. They ensure that the gathering is a safe place for people to share and encourage a culture of co-discipleship. They also delegate ministry responsibilities such as; administration and event planning. 

Success for a Discipleship Group is evident when;

• Each person is being encouraged to worship Jesus and remain faithful to him.
• Each person is building supportive and mutually accountable relationships.
• Each person is learning to apply God’s word in their life by listening to the Word, learning God’s desires for them, participating in group discussions and living out a personal application. 
• Each person feels safe to share and is encouraged to embrace their identity in Jesus.
• Each person has a vision for multiplication and how they can actively make disciples.

Subgroup Leader

Each gathering periodically breaks into smaller discussion groups, of 3-6 adults, for stronger relational discipleship. Co-ed groups are to separate by gender. Non co-ed leaders are to identify someone from within the group to lead/ facilitate the second smaller group discussion. 

Leadership Coach

Each leader is given the opportunity to be coached by a Leadership Coach. This is a commitment to being developed as a disciple and gaining assistance in making significant changes in life and ministry. The coach is responsible for two to five leaders and helps each leader develop their God-given potential. During the journey, each leader will be encouraged to trust Jesus and grow in spiritual maturity.

Success for a Leader Coach is evident when;

• Each leader is encouraged to worship Jesus and remain faithful to him.
• Each leader is encouraged to establish goals and is working towards them.
• Each leader is learning to apply God’s word in their life by listening to the Word, learning God’s desires for them, participating in group discussions and living out a personal application. 
• Each leader feels safe to share and is encouraged to embrace their identity in Jesus.
• Each leader has a vision for multiplication and how they can actively make disciples.

Pastoral Oversight

The Discipleship Group ministry is overseen by pastoral leadership. The appointed pastor(s) are responsible for coaching Leadership Coaches and ensuring that the ministry is in alignment with the vision and mission of Resurrection Church. They ensure that leader coaches and leaders are equipped, encouraged and developed. They will also assist with counseling as needed.

Success for a Leader Coach is evident when;

• Each coach is encouraged to worship Jesus and remain faithful to him.
• Each coach is encouraged to establish goals and is working towards them.
• Each coach is learning to apply God’s word in their life by listening to the Word, learning God’s desires for them, participating in group discussions and living out a personal application. 
• Each coach feels safe to share and is encouraged to embrace their identity in Jesus.
• Each coach has a vision for multiplication and how they can actively make disciples.



Group Expectations

Purpose and Vision

Our focus as a ministry is to live out our church's mission and vision in our gatherings ;

• By encouraging disciples to abide in Christ and to grow in spiritual maturity.
• By encouraging a culture where each participant is committed to helping others live for
  Jesus in all of life, and incarnating the love of God to others.
• By equipping disciples with essential skills of disciple-making.

Matthew 28:19–20 - [19] Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, [20] teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

The Bible

We affirm the Bible as our ultimate authority and guide for knowing and following Jesus As disciples, we spend time in the Scriptures both individually and as a group so we can know God deeply and so we can live out his will for our lives.

2 Timothy 3:16 - [16] All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Desired Culture

We practice progress, not perfection. We strive to let grace, kindness, humility, forgiveness, and patience with one another guide us.

Ephesians 4:29-32 - [29] Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. [30] And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. [31] Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. [32] Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Commitment to Weekly Connection

In order to pursue true relational discipleship, we ask that each person commits to meeting weekly, as scheduled. We understand that challenges occur, so grace and understanding are the rules. By committing to the weekly gathering you are affirming the biblical reality that we need other disciples involved in our lives in order to grow in Christlike character, likewise, we are needed in the lives of others.

Hebrews 10:23-25 - [23] Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. [24] And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, [25] not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Methodology

Discipleship Groups gather weekly, for 10-week sessions, at a designated host home. They have an option to share a meal, they have Bible-based discussions, and dedicated times of prayer. Each group consists of 6-12 adults for greater depth in relationship to one another. Their goals are; to apply God’s truth to their lives, to disciple one another, and multiply. Between each cycle, the group takes a break from their standard rhythm to do informal gatherings and outreach in their community. 

Each weekly gathering is coordinated by the leader or a designated admin from within the group. These messages will include; the meeting time, meal theme (if applicable) and any other information that will help each person prepare prior to the gathering.  

Weekly Liturgy

Having a set schedule helps guide our time together and creates an expected standard for each gathering. Our weekly gatherings will generally include times specifically set aside for; 

• Vision - Leaders providing purpose (or why) and goals for the group. 
• Activity - Applying God’s truth to our lives and pursuing the real-world application of what
  we study together. This can include; biblical study, discussion or equipping.
• Prayer - Communing with God together

Prioritizing Mission and Life Together

Our dedication to the mission of God and to the discipleship of one another goes beyond our weekly gathering. We are committed to pursuing one another, in an appropriate manner, outside of our regular gatherings. This includes intentionally and joyfully gathering for service projects, missional outreach, and other social or recreational activities.

The Role of a Leader

All group leaders are imperfect and will lead imperfectly. Your group leader will need your help, encouragement, accountability, just as you need the same from them. However, the group leader bears added responsibility for your oversight. Therefore, in order to aid in the healthy progress of the group, all group members are asked - with kindness, and in pursuit of Spirit-led unity - to defer to the group leader in matters of disagreement and debate, as appropriate, so long as to do so would not be in conflict with Scripture.

Each leader is responsible for vision casting, facilitating discussion and being a champion of discipleship. They ensure that the gathering is a safe place for people to share and encourage a culture of co-discipleship. They also delegate ministry responsibilities such as; administration, coordinating childcare (if applicable) and event planning.

James 3:1 - [1] Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 - [12] We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, [13] and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.

Hebrews 13:17 - [17] Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

In review, as a group participant, we ask that you;

• Pledge yourself fully to the Lord with the anticipation that you are entering a time of
  intentional discipleship with others. 
• Agree to meet with your DG weekly when scheduled unless providentially hindered and will contribute to the needs of the group as you are able. 
• If applicable, helping disciple of the kids of your group by occasionally volunteering to care for them during group and using the Bible-based curriculum provided. 
• Contributing to an atmosphere of confidentiality, honesty, and authenticity for the edification of others in the group as well as for your own spiritual growth. 
• Participating in outreach opportunities with your group (service projects, missional outreach, etc.) as you are able. 
• Praying for others in your group and will begin praying about multiplying the discipleship process upon the completion of one years time with the group.



Ways to Serve Together

The following list of service opportunities are a few ways which will enable your group to tangibly share the love of Jesus with others. As you decide which service project your group will participate in, prayerfully consider how often your group can commit to serving and how many will commit long term.

Puyallup area

New Hope Resource Center - Serve food to the homeless in the area at 414 Spring St. Contact is “Brenda” at tbmabry@comcast.net. Make sandwiches to handout (could do ham and cheese, Egg salad, tuna, or meatloaf but no PB&J) along with a box of prepackaged chips, mixed veggies that are individually packaged, fruit (preferably bananas or oranges), and labeled cookies (or another dessert) either prepackaged or on a tray. They regularly serve 50 people. Also need paperware (bowls, utensils, etc.). You must premake food. This was previously done by DG Coach, Chad Dutcher, chad.dutcher04@gmail.com.

Puyallup Food Bank - Rachael Baltazar, Volunteer Coordinator contact at rachael@puyallupfoodbank.org, 253-970-7156.

Bridges of Love (old Love Inc) at bridgesoflovenw.org

Step by Step - helps at-risk pregnant moms, stepbystepfamily.org/volunteer

Edgewood Foodbank - with consistent service there is an opportunity for intentional relationships with people who use their services, https://nourishpc.org/volunteer

 

Tacoma area

Handing out food to homeless in the downtown area - the DiMarco and Francis DGs attempt to do this monthly. You can connect with Frank or Nick to find out more.

Volunteer to help Tacoma City Code Compliance - Kristin is the liaison, 253-591-5053. They typically do house repairs or yard work. Landscapers at Resurrection Church: Ron Richards or Josh Knapp. They may be willing to assist with supplies. Tacoma Tool Library willing to loan many tools for Tacoma project.

Stanley Elementary School - Natasha Wyatt is a counselor who can help coordinate care for elementary students in need, 253-571-7754.

Visit elderly at Northwest Retirement Center - ask for Erleen, the events coordinator. 

Tacoma Rescue Mission - sorting donations and/or Search & Rescue volunteer

Southeast Tacoma Foodbank

CareNet - help at-risk mothers with alternative pregnancy options, 253-383-2988.

 

Gig Harbor area

Care Net - help at-risk mothers with alternative pregnancy options. Contact: 253-858-5585 or Nancy Kuhuski at NKuhuski@carenetps.org. Open M-Th. No client contact. There are cleaning opportunities, baby boutiques gift prep (earn “CareNet” cash). Might divvy up wipes and diapers, driving to pick up supplies from stores/gather donations, canvassing to coffee shops, and putting up flyers/cards throughout the community - especially in businesses that people are familiar even out to peninsula (after a CareNet 101). 6-8 people max in their space.

FISH food bank - http://www.ghpfish.com

Visit the elderly at Cottesmore of Life Care (nursing home).

 

Auburn and Federal Way

Multi-service center - contact is Diane Lyons. One-time service is usually in the food bank (open M-W-F 9a-2p). Other small projects may be available like landscaping, clean up, and painting. Other opportunities may be to ask about taking meals to the “William J Wood” veterans house where they have homeless veterans (both their families and individuals) on Pacific Hwy; may be able to bring a meal and have a meal with them if planned in advance.

Feeding persons who are Homeless in Auburn area - some places they tend to congregate are near Les Grove Park, near the river off 8th st NE, at the Auburn Library, and the Game Farm Park (living under the overpass). DG Coach Alex Kiforshin has served the Auburn homeless population in the past, (253) 226-2539.

Serve student/families at Lakota Middle School, connect with families to provide their family needs - contact is the guidance counselor, Ms. Daniel.

BAG - Bridging the Gap Weekend Children Feeding Program - contact is Valerie Danforth. http://www.bridgingagapfw.org/get-involved/volunteer

Federal Way Coalition Against Human Trafficking - http://fwcat.org

 

Other ideas may include:

  • Gift bags for homeless as car handouts to people on street/intersections
  • Writing cards for NICU mothers and families to give at Tacoma General Hospital.
  • Visit nursing home in your area to spend time and love individuals there (great for families)
  • Find a literal neighbor that could use help with yard work or home repair and offer to help
  • Connect and collaborate with local community clean up (showing up with many people will raise questions allowing you to respond with the Good News)
  • Receive permission to plant flowers at an organization we may disagree with (ie. Planned Parenthood) with or without signage or handouts that expresses love and grace and invites persons to ask questions.


T.A.C.O.S. Prayer Model

purpose

Prayer is an action we take that cultivates increasing devotion to Jesus in all areas of life. This is a primary way we can have daily fellowship with God.

how it works

This prayer model is meant to help us remember the important elements of prayer which Jesus outlines in Matthew 6:9-13. This is intended to be a guide and a tool to help provide focus in your prayer time. When used within a group, start off by announcing the prayer model and giving some direction. For example you could say, “Tonight let's use the T.A.C.O.S. prayer model to help guide our time in prayer. To start, we will begin with thanksgiving. This is a time to thank the Lord for all that he has done and will do”. Then, at the appropriate time in the prayer, announce each topic to move the group through the time of prayer.

tips

The prayer time should be open where you and others can pray as the Holy Spirit leads. No one is required to pray and people can pray quietly or aloud. It is encouraged to pray through Scripture, as God’s word expresses his desires for our heart and mind; examples are below.

estimated time

10-30 minutes for group of 6

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Summer Social

The Summer in the Pacific Northwest is a great time to take your gatherings outdoors. During our 10-week sermon series, we are intentional and structured. We focus on discipling one another and tend to be more formal in the way we gather.

The Summer Social, however, is an informal time where we can take our gatherings outdoors and continue building relationships with one another in a less formal way. This is seven weeks of parties, events, and outreach in your local area with 3 main areas of focus;

  1. Having fun

  2. Building relationships

  3. Serving together

Rather than just doing a one-off occurrence, this would be seven straight consecutive weeks of fun gatherings where you and your group can invite non-Christian friends, coworkers, and neighbors to join you. A chance for you to invite them in, love them, serve them and build relationships with each other in the process. The hope is that through this effort there would be opportunities for the gospel to be shared and for your love for each other to grow. Then in August, we suggest taking the month off as a group in preparation for the 10-week session in September.

Some fun ideas that groups have done in the past are; attending city events together (farmers markets, outdoor movies, music festivals or service projects), going on hikes, camping, board game nights, handing out waters or Bibles at community events, cleaning up a local park or serving the homeless community. You could even start a bible study within the group in addition to the other activities.

For ideas on service projects in your city CLICK HERE

If you need help with ideas or planning contact your leadership coach. Many have organized events in the past. This is also a great time to connect with other Discipleship Groups in your area. Feel free to post events on the CCB-Ministry Team message board so other leaders/ groups can join in.