Discipleship Small Groups, or DSG, is a small group ministry on campus, which aims to cultivate lifelong followers of Jesus Christ through the communal reading of God’s Word, both prayerfully and contemplatively. Typically, students help other students to walk as Jesus walked.
DSG is overseen by Ray Chang, Ministry Associate for Discipleship for the Chaplain's office.
Every DSG is marked by 7 pillars, which define each gathering:
- Read the Bible
- Pray for One Another
- Apply the Gospel
- Listen in Love
- Confess Sin and Share Struggle
- Celebrate Ethnic and Cultural Diversity
- Meet on a Committed and Consistent Basis
The goal for each group is to foster what matters most in life: understanding of the Bible, honesty, prayer, accountability, ministry to others, support, spiritual growth, encouragement, and friendship.
Each student-led group consists of 4-6 members. There are two types of groups: underclass and upperclass.
Upperclassman groups consist of juniors and seniors and are usually self-led, with some being graduate student, staff, or faculty led. If you are an upperclassman, you can reach out to Ray Chang in the Chaplain's Office or gather a group of friends to form a group and contact the Chaplain's Office for resources, training, and support.
DSG also emphasizes leadership development. One of the ways we grow most is when we lead. Leadership stretches us, helps us see our gifts and our weaknesses, and pushes us to become more dependent on God's strength. We provide mentoring and training for all DSG leaders with the aim of developing them as future spiritual leaders in the church.
All leaders and coaches are in a group as they lead one. This provides opportunities to receive feedback, learn small group ministry skills, and grow through experience.