Discipleship groups or "d groups" are structures that we use in Campus Outreach to give students concentrated training time in the Bible and to help them grow in vulnerability and accountability. In our ministry these groups are pretty small, maybe 4 or 5 at the most, to help foster intimacy. The goal is to have quality time with student leaders so that we can help make our ministry on our campuses more effective. If we have well trained student leaders then we will have a better chance of achieving our mission of building laborers on the campus for the lost world.
I have had the pleasure of leading women in bible studies and d groups in the past, but the Lord has provided some new joys this semester. This year at Clemson, there were about 12 girls who I hoped to lead, and now 10 have committed to come and be a part of a d group together. This is an exciting moment in our women’s ministry, as our staff team has been working hard for the last two years to launch our ministry at Clemson. I have spent a lot of my time all over campus, and I have felt a little over-extended most of the time. I had several bible studies with girls but they were not necessarily connected to one another. So the development of this d group represents a coming together of ministries that were spread far and wide. These women are all in similar places spiritually and are beginning to form close relational connections.
At Clemson, we have been asking God to provide a multiplying movement and I am hopeful that this is the beginning of God answering that prayer. These women have such a desire to lead and to help others know more of Jesus. I am constantly encouraged by their deep love of the Lord. I believe that having all these girls together will create momentum and, not only will they spur one anther on to love and good deeds, but they will bring more and diverse women in to our ministry. My prayer is that Campus Outreach at Clemson would begin to look more like this group in that there would be various members of the church of Christ delighting in fellowship and mission together. Just to give you a brief look at the make up of the group; two of the girls are in sororities, two of them live on freshmen halls, and three of them are leading freshmen bible studies. Most of the girls are juniors, but there are a few seniors and a sophomore. I can’t wait to see what the Lord will do in the lives of these women this year and in the years to come.
- Lindsay Shane