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Discipleship Makes a Difference

University Relations // 11.15.2016

The dictionary describes a disciple as a learner or a pupil.  A biblical definition of a disciple is someone who follows the teachings of Jesus. 

At Charleston Southern, D-Groups, discipleship groups, are forming and meeting in record numbers.  Every week, these groups gather on campus and in Lowcountry neighborhoods.  So far, 25 groups involving 280 students come together once a week to learn more about Jesus’ teachings and God’s love.

“D-groups are designed to create disciples in a culture that raises a generation that live for His name,” said CSU Campus minister Jon Davis.

Judith Caton (’16) is CSU’s discipleship and missions coordinator. She says most of the groups are upperclassmen with 60 percent female and 40 percent male. Participation is strictly voluntary, and the leaders are screened before being given the opportunity to guide the group in learning more about God’s word.

Katrina Houston ’16, assistant campus minister, remembers how members of a discipleship group specifically helped her through difficult times during her senior year.  “The compassion and love exhibited by some fellow students made a huge difference,” recalls Houston. 

Students interested in learning more about Charleston Southern University’s D-Groups can contact Judith Caton in the Brewer Center.


Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The University's vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.