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  • Dynamic Discipleship: A Life Journey Of Choosing To

    A September 2013 Small Group Experience

    Last Revised: 8.27.13

  • Dynamic Discipleship Overview & Schedule

    OVERVIEW The goal of Dynamic Discipleship is to encourage each of us to choose to be LOVING, GROWING, SERVING disciples who choose to live as Jesus lived and do as Jesus did. We hope this goal will be accomplished by having an intentional small group experience built around dialogue and community. These sessions are being designed to help each group explore and experience more deeply the power of God’s grace. Several sources were used by the Discipleship Ministries of FBC to uniquely craft this Love-Grow-Serve small group experience. During this process, we hope that each group and each person will experience discipleship and grow more deeply as disciples. Enjoy!! Brint SCHEDULE Session 1 Overview & Introduction Week of September 8 Session 2 LOVE Week of September 15 Session 3 GROW Week of September 22 Session 4 SERVE Week of September 29 AGENDA FOR EACH SESSION Each session will have three major parts: Start It Up, Fire It Up, Wrap It Up. Start It Up—Will be a time for icebreakers, fellowship, getting to know one another, and introduction to that particular session. It will end with the reading of Scripture together to setup the faith conversation that is to follow. Fire It Up—Questions, games, exercises, key points, etc. related to that particular session. These efforts are designed to create conversation and contemplation. The goal is that each person and the group will wrestle with the subject of the session. Wrap It Up—Final questions, parting thoughts, etc. The topic of the session will be “wrapped up” and a closing prayer or prayer exercise will finish the session.

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  • As you facilitate the discussion, do your best to focus less on task and more on process. As much as possible, focus more on our relationship with God and others and less on “knowing” and “doing” the right things so to speak. Try to do the following each week:  Focus more on the experience and less on the task. While we want learning to take place, we also

    want faith conversations that are guided by the Holy Spirit. Conversation is more important than finishing the material.

     Focus more on the questions raised and less on the answers. Work hard to avoid the "right

    answer" approach. Rather, encourage the discussion of many possible answers even if they may be questionable or even wrong.

     Focus more on listening and less on talking. Often, we as leaders or facilitators want to control

    the conversation. Resist this temptation and let the members of the group speak. Do whatever you can to allow for conversation.

     Focus more on accepting and less on judging. Often, we want to "win people over" or even win a

    debate. The Truth is important but a truth as advocated by us is not. We may be right or wrong but that is not the point. The point is to let the Holy Spirit do the convicting and convincing.

     Focus more on respecting and less on fixing. Often, we want to "fix the problems" and issues

    people are facing. However, we would better serve the participants and our world if we would focus more on helping others solve problems rather than telling them how to "fix them."

     Focus more on God and less on politics. Often, we think that God is exactly like us and has our

    exact views. Our discussions together should focus on the Kingdom of God, not the politics of the world. Politics are always changing, but God remains the same.

     Focus more on silence and less on noise. Often, we as leaders or teachers are uncomfortable

    with silence. We should not become concerned if silence happens but should welcome it. Silence, while at times uncomfortable, can also help us become more centered on God. If we jump to making noise or talking then we or someone else may miss God's message.

     Make sure to block out extra time for preparation each week. Depending on your level of

    comfort and expertise in leading small groups, it would be a good idea to schedule at least 2-3 hours for planning and preparation before each session.

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    Dynamic Discipleship The Role of Facilitator

  • It is important that your group listen together, learn together, and live it out together. While only 4-weeks, we hope this experience will help you develop a deeper sense of Christian community as well as a stronger appreciation for community. To help this listen, learn, and live happen, try to do the following each week:  Priority: Block the time on your calendar and make sure you give time for the group and some

    time for preparation.  Participate: In order for this experience to be meaning for you and others, participate in the

    discussion and do not let anyone dominate it.  Respect:: Give respect to every person and their opinions. Right and wrong are not the focus,

    relationships and faith building are.  Confidentiality: What gets shared in the group stays in the group. If something needs to be

    shared then get permission.  Care & Concern: Care for every participant in the group and be willing to meet or take action

    beyond the group meeting. Be concerned for everyone and work to create safe environment.  Accountability: You should try to process the material together and with your group. You must

    be willing to hold others accountable as well as be accountable.  Ministry: As an individual and even as a group be willing to enter into ministry opportunities

    together. In 4-weeks this may not happen but be open to it. God works all the time!  Transformation: Take time to regularly assess your life and how it is lining up with this

    experience. Encourage others in their pursuit of Christlikeness. *Adapted from Life Connections by Serendipity House small group tools and guides.

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    Dynamic Discipleship The Role of the Group

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    START IT UP (30-45 Minutes) Icebreaker (Facilitator & Participants; 10-15 Minutes)

    EVERYONE start by reflecting on these questions. After a time of reflection, your facilitator

    will ask everyone to share their thoughts. Take each question one at a time and then move on.

    There are not any “right” or “wrong” answers. You may also choose to pass.

    1. Why have you decided to participate in this small group experience?

    2. In your own words, what does Dynamic mean?

    3. In your own words, what does Discipleship mean?

    A Game Of Definitions (Facilitator Directs; 20-30 Minutes)

    Facilitator says: Dynamic Discipleship is focused on a journey for a lifetime, not on a one-time

    event (examples: I was saved on this date, baptized on this date, married on this date, etc.).

    To better understand what Dynamic Discipleship is or can be, we need some basic definitions.

     Dynamic: Social, intellectual, or moral forces that produce activity and

    change in a given sphere.

     Discipleship: The process of following the teaching of another. The process of

    embracing the teachings of Jesus so that we take on the character of Jesus

    to such a degree that we intentionally spread His teachings to others.

    As a group, work together to develop a group definition of Dynamic Discipleship. Please write

    down final version in the space below. Please be prepared to share at a later date. Facilitator,

    please send Brint a copy of your work.

    READ TOGETHER: John 15:1-17

    Dynamic Discipleship Session One: What Is Dynamic Discipleship?

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    5. Some key points we can learn about Discipleship from John 15:

     Discipleship is PROCESS, not a product.

     Discipleship REQUIRES growth.

     Discipleship is an INTENTIONAL process.

     Discipleship expects COMPASSIONATE action.

    Facilitator: take a few minutes to lead the group in a discussion about these key points from

    John 15. Some key questions are:

     Do you agree or disagree with these points? Why or why not?

     How intentional do we need to be?

     What does compassionate action look like?

     Etc.

    WRAP IT UP (5-10 Minutes) Facilitator: Help your group process the following statements and questions.

    6. A Simple Discipleship process from John 15 and all of Scripture is:

    Choosing to LOVE, GROW, SERVE

    7. What is needed to make Dynamic Discipleship more important in your life?

    8. Any final thoughts or question?

    9. Close In Prayer

    FIRE IT UP (20-30 Minutes) Facilitator: Guide the discussion and encourage each participant to work through the

    questions and give responses when called upon.

    4. Write below some key words or phrases that stand out in John 15 that help you

    understand Discipleship better. After everyone has worked on this for a few minutes,

    the facilitator will lead your group in a time of reflection and sharing.

  • START IT UP (15-20 Minutes) Icebrea