Group Structure

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Biblical Discipleship:

The Fellowship of the Believers: Acts 2:42-47

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

What is a Bridge Group?

A Bridge Group is a group of 12 people [not including the leaders] that are in relationship with each other and meet together for the purpose of worship, discipleship, and fellowship. It’s “doing life together.”

  • Bridge Groups are the way we preserve the feeling of community and personal interaction that many of us seek.
  • While weekend services offer all the energy and excitement of many people gathered together in praise, a Bridge Group centers more on the personalized discipleship and community. This blueprint for discipleship was shown to us by Jesus and his relationship with the 12 disciples.
  • Every Bridge Group is made up of a group leader, assistant leader, and group members.

What is a D-Group?

  • A D-Group is gender-specific closed group of 3 believers (not including the leader) who meet together weekly for the purpose of accelerated spiritual transformation. A person joins the D-Group by invitation only.
  • The format of a D-Group is not one of a teacher-student, but a round-table discussion. In their book The Invested Life, Joel Rosenberg and T. E. Koshy suggest that a discipleship relationship is “more personal, more practical, and more powerful.” This blueprint, sketched by Jesus Christ through His personal example to Peter, James, and John, is how discipleship is accomplished in the lives of believers, and, ultimately, within the local church.

Structure: POD System

  • Bridge Discipleship Path will use a 2 POD system that accomplishes 2 things; provides multiple options for people to join a new group at any point throughout the year and provides strategic times of rest for group leaders and members
  • Each Pod will work in 12-week intervals. 8 weeks on and 4 weeks off.
  • Fill Months: The months the group has off that will be used to allow new group members to join.

* See example of the POD system below in 2018 and 2019.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
A A A A A A
B B B B B B

Curriculum: Each POD will consist of the groups below but will not be limited to:

  • Sermon based – Discuss the previous Sunday’s sermon.
  • Bible study
  • Book based – Study a book
  • Topic based – Study a particular topic of interest.
  • Foundations – New believers or people who are interested.
  • Virtual – meet via internet chat room.
  • Men’s
  • Women’s
  • Leadership Track – Flows from Bridge Leadership Path. The Bridge Leadership Path Ministry Track is a path for people who have been called to full-time ministry, part-time ministry, vocational ministry, or leading at a high level within Bridge Church.

Group Makeup: Pockets of 12

  • Leader [s]
  • Assistant Leaders [s] – Assistant Leaders shadow for one semester then begin their own group inside of their POD.
  • 12 group members
  • Group multiplies at 12 members
  • We begin each group with the mindset of multiplication

Groups Will:

  • Meet together
  • Pray together
  • Discuss together
  • Have fun together
  • Serve together

Group Leaders Will:

  • Some will facilitate
  • Some will teach
  • Some will host