In 2011, while alone on a sabbatical in the Carolina mountains, God told founder and author, Dr. Jay Zinn, that discipleship was MIA (missing in action). God gave him the assignment to develop a systematic course of three years to teach and equip believers how to become disciples and make disciples of others.
In the first days of his research, he discovered that only 3% of professed Christians read their Bibles more than four times a week. Four times a week in the Bible is, significant, but not even the bare minimum for a disciple of Jesus.
Dr. Zinn also discovered that only 7% of churches in America multiplied other churches. A stark contrast to the rapid multiplication of churches in the first century. How did they do it back then? They did it by entering towns, villages, and cities with the gospel message, won souls for Christ and established a foundation of disciples. The members within each group of disciples were equipped to know and experience Christ on a deeper level. The natural outflow of this turned men and women into ambassadors for Christ who reconciled the world to him. The influx of new believers necessitated the creation of new groups of disciples facilitated by older disciples. This is how the gospel was spread in the early church. Through discipleship. This multiplication of discipleship groups brought the disciples together in weekly home meetings (or house churches) wherein they celebrated, as a community, their life in Christ.
Today, the majority of church-attending believers aren’t engaged in any form of discipleship. The great commission to make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20) is mostly ignored, not intentionally, but because most Christians don’t know how to make disciples. They haven’t been shown or taught, which is a serious problem. The gospel won’t spread by “decisions” for Christ alone, it can only be advanced by disciples who are being equipped and growing in Christ. No wonder “church attendance” is been hurtling toward a rapid decline in the last ten years and even more so in the years to come.
So what can we do to turn this trend around? We reinstate the lost art of discipleship back into the church and bring new believers into an effective discipleship program. To make disciples begins with knowing how to disciple oneself and we have the time-tested tools, materials, and resources to help.
Dr. Zinn has created a turnkey, six-course discipleship program that takes you through three years of comprehensive study and training. These studies include a weekly discipleship group meeting to go over the same materials with three other disciples who are committed to the same journey with you. Today, hundreds of disciples are experiencing great transformation in this program with other like-minded saints who are hungry for God and want more. New discipleship groups are forming every month and because of this, we’ve launched the DG Project as a corporate, global initiative to bring our Discipleship Group curriculum to the world. Together we stand as an alliance of disciples in our DG Family who are dedicated to establishing a worldwide network of discipleship groups for Jesus in every city and nation on earth until the Lord returns.
It’s simple. It’s discipleship. It’s fulfilling the Great Commission.