This book is a great resource for any individual or church interested in beginning Discipleship groups. Kandi shares her experience, working with other women (usually for one year) and establishing spiritual disciplines such as prayer, journaling Bible study, Bible memorization. At that point, the members are equipped to go forth and start D-groups of their own. If you have the spiritual gifts of shepherding and/or encouragement, this book will inspire and motivate you. According to the forward, Kandi
“… has defined what discipleship is, and outlined a pathway for investing in other women.”
An appendix at the back of the book includes:
sample covenants for the D-groups, a suggested reading list, a sample journaling process, a worksheet for planning your own group, a Bible reading plan and more. I especially appreciated her plan for journaling. Although I love to write, I have never been particularly successful at journaling. Kandi’s model is H.E.A.R —
- Highlight the passage you are studying each day
- Explain the background and meaning of the verse
- Apply the verse generally and specifically to your own life
- Respond to the verse in prayer
I plan to give this method a try!
I also appreciated her explanation of the MARCS of a disciple. They should be:
Does your life show all of these marks?
As an interesting, aside, Kandi’s husband Robby wrote the series of books that include Bearing Fruit, Firmly Planted and Growing Up. I believe I reviewed one of these on our blog some time ago, and highly recommended it.
VERDICT: 5 stars. This book is a must for the Women’s Ministry of the church.
If you wish to purchase it go to the link below:
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