What are they?
Discipleship Groups are small groups of Christians who meet together on a regular basis to help each other grow in their faith and to become better disciples of Jesus. People join a group for all sorts of reasons:
to grow in their experience of God
to understand the Bible
to worship and pray in a more informal way
to make friends with others in church
to explore issues of spirituality
to develop skills and gifts
to apply their beliefs to daily life
to learn how to serve God
If you are aged 18 or above and you are a member of St.John's, Yeadon then there is much to be gained by being in a Discipleship Group! If you are new to church or still investigating the Christian faith, we would strongly recommend that before joining a group, you first come on the Alpha course (see separate page for details). If you have already been on Alpha at St. John's then joining a Discipleship group would be an excellent way to continue to explore all it means to be a disciple of Jesus.
What do they do?
Discipleship Groups have five purposes
Worship: Expressing praise and thanks to God in song, word and prayer; growing in our knowledge and experience of him.
Discipleship: Learning from the Bible, applying its teaching to life, helping one another to grow in understanding, character and wholeness.
Fellowship: Building good friendships, learning to trust and affirm one another, helping each other in practical ways.
Ministry: Discovering the gifts God has given us and learning to use them to serve others.
Mission: Supporting each other in witness, working together on specific projects, helping the group to become strong enough and large enough to form the basis of two new Discipleship Groups.
When and Where?
Discipleship Groups meet weekly or fortnightly, on whatever day and time is most convenient to those in each group. They usually meet in the homes of group members.
In addition, we encourage everyone to see their group as a family to which they belong and not simply as a meeting to attend. We hope members will develop close friendships with others in their group and that they will value the way in which they can support each other in their everyday lives.
On the other hand, while the group has high aims, we hope that people will feel free to participate at whatever level they believe is appropriate for them. Although discipleship is a serious business, there is plenty of laughter and fun in the life of a group.
All we ask is that everyone should play their part in making the group work. This means coming to group meetings as regularly as time permits and learning to care for and support the other members.