Why Discipleship Groups?
At Midtown, we believe that gathering people in small groups for the purpose of discipleship is the most important thing we can do as a church. Jesus doesn’t call us to be church-goers. He calls us to be the church. He calls us to be disciples, and we look at how He discipled to find a biblical model for small group ministry. He used Scripture, told stories, and shared his whole life with his disciples. Eventually, He released them into the world to make disciples themselves, thus beginning a ministry of multiplication.
Midtown Discipleship Groups work in the same way. We focus on studying the Word, developing relationships with each other, and maturing in our faith until we are ready to make disciples ourselves. All group leaders are trained in a Biblical model of making disciples. As group participants experience spiritual growth, they become ready to make disciples and branch from their group to start a new one. Disciples become disciple-makers, and the ministry of Jesus continues to spread.
What does a Midtown discipleship group look like?
- Group size: 4-16 people A small group of any number can be a place to find biblical community and be transformed.
- Weekly meetings: Groups gather each week in homes throughout the city. All groups also take summer and winter breaks.
- Congregation-specific: We value connecting in community with those we worship with on Sundays.
- Mixed demographic: We value unity in our church body – all ages and stages of life coming together to learn and grow.
- Consistent study: All Midtown groups meet to study scripture from the current sermon series.
- Commitment: Discipleship groups are a safe place to bring your whole self. Give your group time and the opportunity to become a place for transformation and discipleship to happen.