New Year, New Discipleship Groups

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Point Loma Nazarene University offers many opportunities for students to get involved in small groups and mentoring. These programs shift every year as new students take over, but they constantly provide opportunities for students to express their faith and form deep friendships as they discover how to love God and others while at PLNU.

One specific form of ministry offered, Discipleship Groups (D-Groups), is designed for sophomores, juniors and seniors. These small groups offer rich conversation and provide companions for students on their spiritual journeys. All groups vary and meet at different times and places. Each group is guided by a D-Group leader who receives training, mentoring and ongoing guidance from the Discipleship Ministries Office.

Chandler Lane, Senior, Psychology Major

The Point: Why did you choose to become a D-Group leader?

Chandler Lane: I chose to be a D-Group leader because I love having meaningful, authentic, and challenging talks on God and His place in every area of our lives.

TP: Where does your group meet?

CL: My D-Group will be meeting at 7:00 p.m. on the deck at Latter Hall and will be a place of rest to appreciate the small joys God has put in our lives and practice growth in relationship to God though spiritual practices

TP: Interesting/random fact about yourself?

CL: I can name all 13 dwarves from The Hobbit.

Conner Drinkward, Sophomore, Finance Major

The Point: Why did you choose to become a D-Group leader?

Conner Drinkward: I decided to be a D group leader because I wanted to create a space for guys to hang out and have intentional conversation and also to push myself in my own faith as I try and push others towards growth.

TP: Where does your group meet and who can come?

CD: My group will be meeting at Young hall and will be geared towards young males. We will be going through a devotional throughout the week and then on meeting days we will focus on talking about the devotional and specific topics and questions that the group comes up with together and whatever else is going on in the lives of the guys in the group.

TP: Interesting/random fact about yourself?

CD: I played 6 different sports in three years of high school.

Julia McCurry, Sophomore, Business Marketing & Finance Major

The Point: Why did you choose to become a D-Group leader?

Julia McCurry: D-Group is a time to build community and spend time with God together. I decided to become a D group leader because I wanted to bring a group together to better know God and have fellowship together.

TP: Where does your group meet and who can come?

JM: We meet at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays on the patio above the library. The purpose of my group is to create a community for people who are studying abroad, so anyone planning on studying abroad is welcome. This group is to create a space for those preparing to go abroad in the spring and providing support, and guidance alongside time in the word and prayer.

TP: Interesting/Random fact about yourself?

JM: I am studying abroad in Spain next semester!

Phoebe Pinder, sophomore, Marketing major

The Point: Why did you choose to become a D-Group leader?

Phoebe Pinder: I decided to be a D-group leader because I feel passionately about creating spaces where people feel safe and encouraged. Being a D-group leader involves designing what weekly meetings will look like, meeting with all of the D-group leaders once a week, and just being an intentional leader.

TP: Where does your group meet and who can come?

PP: The D-group that I am co-leading with Sidney Blankespoor is geared towards real talk. Our main focus is to meet the needs of our members, whatever that may look like. Every monday we plan to come together and celebrate in our highs and support one another in the lows. We want this space to be one of authenticity and love, ultimately reaching a place where all group members feel fully known and fully loved. Any and all sophomore to senior women are welcome to join us! We will be meeting every Monday night from 7-8 p.m. on the New Nease patio.

TP: Interesting/random fact about yourself?

PP: A random fact about myself is that I love to travel! I have lived in several different places including Maryland, Texas, Germany, India, and now California. Exploring the unknown is one of my favorite things!

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