What is a Discipleship Group? A Discipleship Group (D-Group) is not a class or program but an apprenticeship in Christian living, based on the model of Jesus and his twelve disciples as well as early Christian communities. A D-Group is a (all male or all female) small group of 5-8 youth led by 2 adult mentors (either parents or non-parents), who commit to meeting regularly to grow in faith & life together through study, sharing and discussion, prayer, and service. It is a place to belong, be loved, and grow. Using the method of “Teach, Show, Try, Do”, the D-Group Mentors lead the group of teens to grow in spiritual disciplines. D-Groups are formed in partnership with parents and are eventually launched into homes for home meetings. These groups commit to meeting through all four years of high-school (two years before Confirmation and two years after). Yes, we expect a four year commitment because Discipleship doesn't end with Confirmation in 10th grade.
D-Group Mentor Resources:
What is YDisciple Online? YDisciple online is a video library of faith-based videos that make up the primary curriculum for D-Groups. Each Faith formation family has access to an account on the online Y-Disciple platform (Instructions for YDisciple Online Platform below). From your family account, you can stream the faith-based videos (before or during) you D-Group meetings. These videos will be the launching point for your D-Group/s discussion each week.
Instructions for YDisciple Online Platform:
Each registered Faith Formation family of a high-school D-Group teen(s), will receive an e-mail (sent to primary parent's e-mail address) titled "Welcome to YDisciple". This e-mail will include your username and password for www.ydisciple.com. Log on to access all of the YDisciple videos! Note: You may also receive a "confirmation of purchase" e-mail for joining Y-Disciple. As you can read in the e-mail, there is no additional personal cost for the subscription (the purchase was made by the parish).