One of the highlights of our student ministry calendar will be here before you know it. Our Disciple-Now weekend kicks off Friday night, February 24th with registration beginning at 5:30pm and dinner at 6:00pm.
D-Now 2017 – AWAKENING: Ezekiel 11:19-20
What Is D-Now?
“D-Now”stands for Disciple Now. So, a D-Now Weekend is a Disciple Now Weekend. In its simplest form, a Disciple Now Weekend is a weekend retreat for a youth group. Chances are you do some form of a retreat with your students, right?
But there are a few distinctions that make D-Now Weekends different from a normal retreat. D-Now Weekends are an amazing time where a large portion of your church has the chance to play an important role in your students’ lives. Check out this short video, where we asked members of the D-Now Student Advisory Team to share their thoughts on why Disciple Now is so important to their youth ministry, church, and students.
Components Of A D-Now Weekend
While not every D-Now Weekend is the same, here are a few of the core components that make them such an awesome environment for your students to grow spiritually.
Whereas some retreat weekends are more about getting away and hanging out (which is NOT a bad thing), D-Now Weekends put a high premium on discipleship. There are Large Group sessions where a speaker can move the weekend’s theme along from a big-picture perspective. And there are super-intentional Small Group times where students go deeper with their individual small group leaders. It’s a focused time of spiritual growth and application.
Host Homes & Small Groups
“Host Homes” are a key feature of DNow Weekends. A host home is where a family in the church agrees to host a Small Group for the weekend. Many youth ministries will bring back former students to lead a Small Group, or use the weekend as an opportunity to plug-in prospective adult volunteers. Regardless of who’s leading the Small Group, the leader & the students will meet in the host home for Bible Study (when they aren’t at the church for Large Group sessions, or other activities). Groups consist of similar aged students. They’ll usually spend at least one night and will eat a few meals with the host home family. It’s an AMAZING way to get a greater portion of your church involved in your ministry.
While it’s not the case in every single D-Now Weekend, the vast majority of them take place at your church, as opposed to a retreat facility. Most D-Now Weekends will see the Large Group Sessions occurring at your church, while the Small Group Sessions happen in host homes. It’s an awesome way to create a real tie-in to your church and your city.