Spiritual growth is a community project. The most powerful context for growth is a group of followers of Christ committed to pursuing love for God and one another together. This is especially true in college. Much of the deep learning and transformation that happens during the college years happens outside the classroom, in conversations between friends. Transformation happens when someone takes a risk and shares something vulnerable, when there is enough safety for people to wrestle with difficult ideas, and in the laughter and joy of a community that can let their guard down with one another. This is the context where people can "speak the truth in love" to one another, and so "grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ" (Ephesians 4:15). This kind of community is what DSG seeks to foster.
DSG is a small group ministry overseen by the Chaplain's office with an advisory Cabinet of Juniors and Seniors. Each student-led group consists of 4-6 members. The groups are uniquely designed to provide Wheaton College students the safety of a trusted group where faith struggles and personal needs can be shared as they journey together with and towards Christ. The goal for each group is to foster what matters most in life: honesty, prayer, accountability, ministry to others, support, spiritual growth, understanding of the Bible, encouragement, and friendship.
DSG also emphasizes leadership development. One of the ways we grow most is when we lead. Leadership stretches us, helps us see our gifts and our weaknesses, and pushes us to become more dependent on God's strength. We provide mentoring and training for all DSG leaders with the aim of developing them as future spiritual leaders in the church.
If you are interested in being involved in a DSG group, there are two ways to get into one. If you are living in Smith, Traber or Fischer, you can sign up on your floors at the beginning of the year. If you are an upperclassman, you can gather a group of friends to form a group and contact Clayton or a member of the DSG Cabinet for resources, training, and support.
Applications for Leadership
There are three leadership positions in DSG: Small Group Leader, Floor Leader, and Cabinet.
- DSG Small Group Leader: Each group has two leaders who facilitate the group conversation each week. (Online application)
- DSG Floor Leader: Floor Leaders are juniors and seniors who oversee all the small groups on one floor, offering support, coaching, and encouragement to leaders. (Online application)
- DSG Cabinet: The DSG Cabinet is made up of Floor Leaders who also help cast vision and help train other leaders on campus. They work closely with the DSG Coordinator and GRA. To be on Cabinet, you must first apply to be a Floor Leader. In the course of the interview process, you can discuss with DSG staff about your interest in being on Cabinet.
Clayton Keenon is Ministry Associate for Discipleship and Grad Chapel. Clayton is a native of Glen Ellyn, IL, and graduated from Wheaton College in 2005 with degrees in Christian Formation and Ministry and Biblical Studies. He went on to complete Masters degrees in Biblical Exegesis and Historical and Systematic Theology from Wheaton, and is currently working on a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Trinity International University. Prior to working at Wheaton, Clayton was part of the pastoral staff at Wheaton Bible Church. Clayton is married to his high school sweetheart, Michelle (also a Wheaton grad), and they have two beautiful daughters named Annalise and Lydia.
You may contact Clayton at Clayton.Keenon@wheaton.edu.