1. It is not a Bible study - The local church does a great job with Biblical education through sermons, Bible studies, etc. (We have plenty of theological info!!)
2. It is not an accountability group - Accountability is not discipleship because it is behavior focused, makes it too tempting to not tell the whole truth, & it creates expectations for one another. The bottom line is that discipleship should be a spiritually empowering relationship and accountability groups do not tend to empower one another spiritually.
3. It is not a "small group" - Small groups focus on the weekly meeting. Our focus is building genuine, intimate relationships. Eventually, what happens between the meetings will be much more powerful than what happens in the meetings.