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