Discipleship resources top the list of recent requests from women’s ministry leaders.
Today, I’m sharing about Kandi Gallaty’s newly released book, Disciple Her: Using the Word, Work, and Wonder of God to Invest in Women.
Disciple Her shares how to create discipleship groups for the women in your church.
Kandi’s discipleship approach focuses on “spending time in the Word of God, memorizing it, journaling, holding one another accountable, and praying together.”
In Disciple Her, Kandi begins by laying the foundation for discipleship. What is it? Why is it important? How do we see Jesus model discipleship?
Discipleship is defined by Kandi as “intentionally equipping believers with the Word of God through accountable relationships empowered by the Holy Spirit in order to replicate faithful followers of Christ.”
Kandi and her husband, Robby Gallaty (Senior Pastor at Long Hollow), have refined this process of discipleship over the course of many years and many churches. They call this process D-groups or discipleship groups.
D-groups are groups of 3-5 men or women (single gender groups) that meet weekly for 12-18 months. Together they read the Bible, journal, pray, memorize scripture, and share their testimonies, all with the intention and expectation that those in the group will lead a new group at the end of their time together.
The two goals of D-groups are spiritual growth and replication.
Kandi shares in great detail how you might want to structure your weekly meetings. She also shares tips and encouragement for lovingly holding group members accountable to the covenant they have signed (covenant examples are included in the book).
Disciple Her is a fairly quick read, one that you’ll be able to implement almost immediately. Kandi does an excellent job of not over-complicating the discipleship process.
Similar in many ways to the READ Bible study format, I appreciate that the focus is always on God’s Word. The Bible is the textbook and the focus on the discussion and journaling. We both long for women “to walk away with a love for God’s Word.”
You may be wondering, how is this any different than small groups, Life groups, Sunday school, Bible class, Bible study groups, or even weekly worship?
While those are all good and necessary, Kandi explains:
- Every D-group member is an active participant. There is no sitting and listening to someone else teaching.
- D-groups are always gender-specific with 3-6 participants, unlike other groups that are usually larger and co-ed.
- D-groups are exclusively for believers, whereas the others are usually not.
- There is a greater level of accountability.
If God is leading you or your team to implement discipleship groups this year, Disciple Her is a resource you’ll want to explore.
You may also want to read:
Discipleship Idea: Bible Study + Practical Skills
Why I’m Tired of Bible Study Books
READ Bible Study Kit for Groups
Teaching Your Women to READ the Bible
10 Ways You Can Encourage Women to Read the Bible
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