About G.R.O.U.P

The Beginning

G.R.O.U.P. was originally a Bible study that started out of a desire to make disciples of men.  Barry McAlpin, a painter by trade, at the age of 30, knew that there should  be more for the young men in his church than was currently available. At Barry’s invitation, Blaine Williams agreed to meet weekly to grow deeper in the Lord and in relationship with each other.  Barry recalls, “each week the Lord blessed our time together.  Blaine and I would meet to read the Bible, to talk and to pray.  It was just the two of us, but as our friendship grew it transformed into a father son relationship.” As time went on the call went out to about ten other young men in the church to join this journey of radical discipleship.  Under Barry’s direction the Bible study developed with its continued focus on prayer and teaching the Word. As the word began to spread among the young ladies about what was happening with the young men, in the fall of 1996, Barry’s wife, Esther, started a discipleship group for young women as well. They would meet in the McAlpin’s home on the same night. The ladies would meet upstairs in a room nicknamed the “upper room,” and the men would meet downstairs in the basement nicknamed the “deliverance chamber.” Both groups used discipleship material that was currently available for the weekly lessons.  Material like, Bondage Breaker by Neil T. Anderson, Root of Rejection by Joyce Myers, and Experiencing God.

The Name and the Manual

As time went on and the Bible study gained momentum, the two groups decided to adopt a name.  Barry “recalls I wanted the name of the bible study to reflect what were striving for.  We were growing, and we needed a name for the group.  Not just, “hey come to the bible study,” but, “Come to G.R.O.U.P., where you can learn to be God’s radical, overcoming, and uncompromising people.”

By the spring of 1998, Barry had developed a weekly lesson outline for the meetings to follow.  He decided to tape record the lessons for those that might miss any of the weekly lessons.  However, with the encouragement of Mitch Maloney, Barry’s pastor, he decided to compile the lessons into a manual format to be used in the future by anyone that wanted to teach.  With the help of Marishell Alarcon, Chris Klicko, Nikki Williams, Esther McAlpin, and Ryan Walburn, the tape-recorded lessons were transcribed, outlined and edited into what is known as the G.R.O.U.P. Manual.  Since the spring of 1999, G.R.O.U.P. has met in many households while using the G.R.O.U.P. Manual as a tool for discipleship and training.

In March 16, 2001, the manual it was being used at Lee University for their discipleship program for students.  There were are also other student groups from Southern in Collegedale, TN, using the manual for discipleship.  The manual has been translated in Croatian and in Russian and India Hindi.

In December of 2000, G.R.O.U.P Ministries Inc. received its 501 c-3 status as a non-profit organization.  We also had our first outreach as an organization in the spring of 2000.  G.R.O.U.P Ministries went to North Carolina to start a satellite group at the Biltmore Church of God.

G.R.O.U.P. HISTORY POINTS

 

1995

  • G.R.O.U.P. started in the spring of 1996 as a bible study under the direction of Barry McAlpin.
  • Its purpose was to nurture and disciple young men into Christ likeness.
  • Under Barry’s direction the Bible study grew and developed with its focus on prayer and reading the Word.
  • G.R.O.U.P.  was chosen as the name for the Bible study. (God’s Radical, Overcoming, and Uncompromising People)
  • Later that year Barry’s wife, Esther, started a discipleship group for young women.

 

1997

  • Both groups used discipleship material that was currently available for the weekly lessons: Bondage Breaker (Neil T. Anderson), Root of Rejection (Joyce Myers), and Experiencing God.

1998

  • By the spring of 1998, Barry had developed a weekly lesson outline for the meetings to follow.  He decided to record the lessons for those that might miss that week’s lesson.  With the encouragement of Mitch Malone, Barry decided to compile the lessons into a manual.
  • With the help of Marishell Alarcon, Chris Klicko, Nikki Williams, Esther McAlpin, and Ryan Walburn, the tape-recorded lessons were transcribed outlined and edited into its current manual format. The final edits were finished in January 2001.

 

1999

  • Since the spring of 1999, G.R.O.U.P. has met in various households while using the manual as a tool for discipleship and training.

 

2000

  • The manual has been translated in Croatian and is in the process of being translated in Russian.
  • The manual is being used at Lee University for their discipleship program for students.  There is also a group of students from Southern in Collegedale using the manual discipleship.
  • In December of 2000, G.R.O.U.P. received its 501c-3 status as a non-profit organization.

 

2001

  • Our first outreach as an organization happened in the spring of 2001, when we went to NC to start a satellite group at Biltmore Church of God.
  • To be updated to the current time line. Our story is still being written.
  • ABOUT US
    G.R.O.U.P. Ministries Inc. is a non-profit (501c-3) organization who’s main objective is to disciple individuals into Christ likeness. We believe that through teaching the TRUE DISIPLE manual and building healthy relationships, G.R.O.U.P. has the potential to make a life changing impact on individuals. G.R.O.U.P. stands for God’s, Radical, Overcoming, Uncompromising People, and that is just what we are, His people. The concept of discipleship is not new, it was demonstrated by Christ modeled to us in His relationships with His disciples. We are just fulfilling the great commission as He has commanded us to. Enjoy checking out the rest of our site, and if you have any questions, be sure to contact us.
  • OUR MISSION STATEMENT
    The purpose of G.R.O.U.P. is to fulfill the great commission of Christ by making disciples of men and women throughout our community and then the world. It is our goal to admonish, to encourage, to teach servant hood as the model for leadership, and to minister healing and restoration to the body of Christ in love. It is our desire to participate in God’s Kingdom by being ambassadors of reconciliation: First, as reflected in 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, where God’s loving appeal of salvation is made through saints to sinners so that they might be restored to the Father. And secondly, by becoming ambassadors of reconciliation in our relationships to each other. As ambassadors of reconciliation we will walk in love, compassion and forgiveness in order to fulfill God’s greatest commandments of loving Him and loving others as stated in Mark 12:29-31. We will be mindful of John 15:1-8 and John 15:5, where Christ calls himself “the vine”, His church “the branches,” His father “the gardener”, and says, “I am the vine; you are the branches”. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” We understand that G.R.O.U.P. Ministries is ultimately God’s work, and that apart from Him we can do nothing. We will strive to bear good fruit; for a disciple is known by this (Matthew 7:16). The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control as stated in Galatians 5:22-23. Jesus has commanded us to bear fruit (John 15:15-17), the kind that would cause unbelievers to believe. The only way that the world is going to believe, is when we are consistent in bearing good fruit in our attitudes, actions and relationships.
  • COUNTING THE COST
    The cost of following Jesus may cause disagreements, arguments and even persecution by the community, family and friends. However, Luke 14:25-35, states that anyone who desires to follow Christ should count the cost before taking up the cross. The cost of pursuing Christ is total and complete abandonment to everything of this world and of self. Jesus said, “If anyone does not carry his own cross, and follow me, he cannot be my disciple.” John 15:18-25 clearly states that the followers of Jesus will be hated and persecuted just as He was. As you consider your desire to be a G.R.O.U.P. leader and the commitments you are making to others and to the Lord, pray and ask God to help you discern His will for you concerning involvement in discipleship.

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