Huddle Groups are small groups and Bible studies focused on helping its members engage in making disciples.
“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses
entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”
– 2 Timothy 2:2
A Huddle Group is a gathering of potential disciple makers who come together for the purpose of action-oriented accountability, encouragement and prayer. Existing small groups and Bible studies no longer meet for the sole purpose of the growth of its members, but lock arms together so that each member is able to reproduce themselves through personal discipleship with unbelievers, new or untrained believers. Many current Bible studies which have been meeting together for years and have perhaps become comfortable “Holy Huddles” need to be encouraged to transition into outreach-minded Huddle Groups in order to help its members begin to multiply.
Why Huddle Groups?
The Christian life is not meant to be lived alone. We all need accountability, but not only for avoiding sin; we also need to surround ourselves with likeminded believers to help us be obedient in the things God calls us to do. (Proverbs 27:17, Hebrews10:24) There is a major need for accountability among believers to be engaged in multiplying our faith, and this is the primary reason for the formation of offensive-minded Huddle Groups.
And let us consider how to stir one another up to love and good works,
not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some,
but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
– Hebrews 10:24-25
The Purpose of Huddle Groups
In addition to ongoing encouragement and accountability, Huddle Groups also:
• Pray together for wisdom and effectiveness.
• Share ideas and best practices as well as recommended materials for disciple making.
• Provide guidance through the struggles and questions that arise.
• Provide evangelism training.
• Act as a referral network for those desiring to be discipled.
• Share local ministry and outreach opportunities.
Huddle Group Members are believers who understand the gospel, how to read and interpret Scripture and how to pray. (2 Timothy 2:15) They are believers who are called to multiply.
Characteristics of Effective Huddle Group Members:
• Understands that all Christ followers are to be disciple makers and have the desire to be obedient in this area. (Matthew 28:18-20, Act 1:8, 2 Timothy 2:2)
• Are committed to pray daily for God to provide 2-4 unbelievers, new or untrained believers to disciple. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
• Seeks to continue their own spiritual growth as they lead others. (Colossians 3:16)
• Desires to overcome sin as they grow in their love for the Lord. (Psalm 97:10, 1 Peter 2:11)
• Committed to spending time in the Word and prayer in preparation for the discipleship group meetings. (2 Timothy 2:15, 1 Peter 1:13)
• Seeks mutual encouragement and accountability with other like-minded believers. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
• Committed to turn their discipleship group into a new Huddle Group after 1-2 years so that those being discipled are trained, encouraged and held accountable to multiply themselves. (2 Timothy 2:2)
Huddle Group Leadership
Each huddle is facilitated by a “Captain,” or experienced disciple-maker/coach and often consist of 4 to 20 believers who are fully committed to the priority of obeying God’s Great Commission. The Huddle Group Captain is simply a disciple maker who leads a team of other disciple makers. Many Bible study, small group and Sunday School teachers are in great position to become Huddle Group Captains. They already have groups of potential disciple makers formed who just need to be encouraged and mobilized.
Characteristics of Effective Huddle Group Captains:
• Mature, theologically sound believers who use their leadership and influence to encourage others to join them in making disciples. (2 Timothy 2:2, Ephesians 5:15-17)
• Facilitates meetings and ongoing communication for prayer, encouragement and accountability for each person in the Huddle to lead a Discipleship Group. (Hebrews 10:24- 25)
• Facilitates training and equipping of Huddle Group members when necessary. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We suggest an initial meeting schedule which includes a 6-week evangelism & discipleship training series to jump start the group. Attendance should be required, either in person or zoom. Afterwards, the Huddle Group meets as desired, but proposed monthly.
Time to Act?
Have you been in a Bible study which has been meeting for several years? Perhaps it is time for the Bible Study to transition into a Huddle Group, where each member begins their own Discipleship Group with unbelievers, new or untrained believers. While it is necessary that every believer have a source for growth and training in righteousness, it is also necessary that every mature believer be involved in actively reproducing their faith in the lives of others.
Ongoing Role of Reel Life
In addition to promoting the formation of Huddle Groups, Reel Life will produce blogs or video material to encourage leaders to “press on towards the goal to win the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:14)
Reel Life encourages life on life, obedience-based discipleship as opposed to the transfer of knowledge alone. Just as Jesus, the Master disciple maker, taught his followers and ministered alongside them, we promote equipping believers in both word and deed. Involvement in local ministry and outreach is foundational, and Reel Life also provides opportunities for Discipleship Groups to serve together locally.
We also recognize that Huddle Group Captains are potential mission trip leaders and encouraged to participate in an annual short-term trip. The trip would serve as a platform for ministry alongside other members of the Huddle as well as those being discipled as a vital part of their equipping initiative.
For information about starting a Huddle Group, or transitioning your existing Bible Study or small group into a Huddle Group, please contact us at email@example.com.