The goal of a Huddle is for participants to develop their ability to independently hear God, develop action plans, and follow through.
The Huddle process helps build confidence in hearing God and capacity to obey him. Yet Huddle isn’t just about building disciples, it’s about building disciples who disciple. Once Huddle participants have grown as disciples, we hope they begin their own discipleship Huddles. This is how the church can see discipleship multiplication.
What is a huddle?
HUDDLE IS A GROUP OF 4 TO 8 CHRIST FOLLOWERS THAT COVENANT TOGETHER FOR 8 MONTHS TO DEVELOP THEIR ABILITY TO HEAR AND RESPOND TO GOD. IT MEETS BI-WEEKLY.
The huddle leader helps facilitate this process. It is not discipleship through knowledge learning, but discipleship through doing. Rather than curriculum, huddle revolves around two major questions: first, what is God speaking to you? Second, how are you going to respond? Therefore, huddle is ultimately about developing our ability and confidence in hearing God and our ability and confidence to do what he says.
HUDDLE FOLLOWS THE PATTERN OF DISCIPLESHIP WE SEE IN THE GOSPELS. JESUS CALLS A GROUP OF DISCIPLES TO JOURNEY TOGETHER FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD.
During this time, the disciples learn to emulate Jesus. Jesus sends them out into mission. The disciples go out. Then they come back together to receive encouragement and challenge. Next, they are sent out again and the cycle continues.
HUDDLE IS DONE IN A GROUP AND NOT ONE ON ONE.
As we look at how Jesus discipled it was never one-on-one but always done in groups. We learn and gain confidence in hearing God as we see others learning and gaining confidence in hearing God. We use the Huddle time to help process what we hear from God and turn it into positive movement together. Furthermore, in a group you have more opportunity to learn from others.
HUDDLE IS DISCIPLESHIP FOR THE PRESENT, NOT DISCIPLESHIP FOR THE FUTURE.
The goal of discipleship curriculum is often to prepare you for the future. You learn a systematic spectrum of things so that you are prepared when x, y, and z happens, whereas huddle is about discipleship for the present. What’s happening now? And what are you going to do about it?
HOW DO I JOIN?
Huddles begin in both February and September and meet bi-weekly for 8 months.
Before joining, think through these questions:
1) Do I want to hear more clearly from God on a regular basis?
2) Am I ready to be challenged and held accountable to the plans I create?
3) Do I have the time in my schedule to fully commit to this discipleship process?
If you answer yes to these questions and you want to join a Huddle, please contact Curtis Carnes at firstname.lastname@example.org.