We all need friendships, places of refuge and learning for nurturing and interpreting the journey of faith. By participating in a small group you enter into a weekly rhythm of setting aside a time to pause for rest, encouragement, laughter, learning and spiritual friendship. Our goal for D Groups is that we would experience the power of a healthy community and God's transforming work in our lives both individually and communally in ways that guide, shape and impact our world.
Many D Group Leaders work intensively with Freshman dorms, providing a variety of small group offerings as well as dorm-wide spiritual formation activities and opportunities. Freshman are able to join a group that fits their schedule and provides an intimate space for sharing their spirituial journey with friends, hallmates, and/ or their RA. These groups are guided by a D Group leader who receives training, mentoring, and ongoing guidance from the Discipleship Ministries office.
Other D Group Leaders invest in the lives of non freshman at PLNU. Any undergraduate can join a group with friends or take the opportunity to form new intentional relationships across campus. Groups are led by trained D Group leaders who work closeley with Discipleship Ministries staff. These Leaders walk alongside their peers and facilitate regular time together to share faith journeys, highlight spiritual practices, and encourage one another.
The Discipleship Ministries student leaders form a cohesive team across campus that meets weekly, attends a fall & spring retreat, and is advised by Melanie Wolf, Director of Discipleship Ministries. Applications to lead are available in the spring for the following year.
Each semester various Faculty and Staff at PLNU lead topical, 8-10 week studies for upper classmen. These groups are available via a sign-up process and are specifically tailored to older students as they prepare to transition and graduate.
If you are interested in leading upperclass students or attending a group, studies begin mid-September and again in February. Group size ranges, but is typically around 10 students. Topic and meeting location vary by group. Please contact Melanie Wolf for more info.