DNA Groups: Discipleship, Nurture, Accountabilit

  • What are DNA Groups?

    What is a DNA Group?

    A DNA Group usually consists of three or four people—men with men, women with women—who meet together weekly or every other week to be known and to bring the gospel to bear on each other’s lives so that they grow in and live out our DNA as a church to love God, love each other, and love our world.

    Discipleship, Nurture & Accountability (DNA)

    The mission of God is to restore all things to himself in and through the work and person of Jesus Christ. His chosen vehicle through which he is accomplishing that mission is the church. As God restores us to himself, he is also restoring us to be who he intends us to be. This restoring work does not happen in isolation, but rather in and through our relationships with each other as family. We do not do it alone. We need each other. The groups consist of:


    A disciple of Jesus is someone learning to apply the gospel to absolutely every part of life.
    Essentially, everything we do together in community is a part of discipleship. However, discipling one another will involve:

    • Reminding one another of our identity in Jesus Christ
    • Admonishing and teaching one another to obey Jesus’ commands (Matthew 28:18-20)
    • Training one another to serve in tangible ways



    Care sincerely for one another.

    • Getting to know one another’s stories, listening closely to each other and to the Holy Spirit so we can carefully and empathetically direct each other to truth;
    • Checking one another’s heart and passions by asking question like: How are you doing? Who are you loving well? Not so well? Where are you living in fear? What can we celebrate with you? What are you struggling through?
    • Praying with and for each other.



    Holding one another accountable is more than just asking hard questions.

    • Encouraging each other to live out what we believe through setting goals and helping each other fulfill them
    • Review the past week and how faithful we have been in keeping our word
    • Speak the truth in love as we see areas of sin, correcting and rebuking with God’s Word when necessary


    How Do I Get In One?

    • Express your interest by completing an online application
    • Find friends who want to form a DNA group and have them complete an online application
    • Enquire about openings in existing groups


    What Is the Format?

    Every group can and will look different than another. Some will work through a curriculum in order to bring about the goals. Some will work through a setup they designate themselves (i.e. rotate through pieces of Scriptures, a chapter a week, book study). Here is the framework that leaders are encouraged to walk through:

    • TEXT

    A DNA Group agrees to focus on a common biblical text or curriculum. Each person in the Group commits to devotionally read the same section of Scripture or book for each meeting. As you read, make a point of asking the Holy Spirit to draw your attention to whatever He wants you to know. The Spirit may be prompting you to repent of a sin, rejoice in a promise or meditate on an insight. Each week when you get together, make the text your initial focus.


    Work through the verses or book in community, trying to follow the flow of the author. From there, try to understand the central theological message of the chapter. Be sure you ask the question: “How does the person and work of Jesus inform this text?” Strive to be Christ-centered, not application-centered. Jesus is sufficient for our failures and strong for our successes.

    • LIFE

    This is followed by bringing in your personal struggles and successes from your devotional reading. Be sure to allow plenty of time for this. Share your lives; promote godly accountability and faithful prayer. Finally, be sure to share the names of people whom you are trying to bless with the gospel. Pray as a group, asking God to help you trust His promises, as well as asking Him to give unbelievers the same gift of faith.

    DNA Groups are simple, biblical and missional, following the pattern of Text-Theology-Life. They avoid legalism by promoting a Christ-centered reading of the Scriptures. They avoid license by taking seriously the fight of faith against the flesh. Best of all, they promote lasting joy in Jesus.

  • study suggestions for your group


    Suggestions for DNA Group Study


    1. Conversational Evangelism: Connecting People to Share Jesus, by David Geisler and Norman Geisler

    2. How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guided Tour, by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart

    3. How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart

    4. Becoming a Healthy Discipleship: 10 Traits of a Vital Christian, by Stephen A. Macchia

    5. Prayers Jesus Prayed: Experiencing the Father through the Prayers of His Son, by Timothy Paul Jones

    6. Crafting a Rule of Life: An Invitation to the Well-Ordered Way, by Stephen A. Macchia

    7. Ancient-Future Bible Study:

    1. Abraham

    2. Peter

    3. David

    4. Women of the Torah

    5. Women of the Gospels

    6. Paul

    8. Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith, by Michael Reeves

    9. Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church, by J. Todd Billings

    10. Visual Theology, by Tim Challies and Josh Byers

    11. Seven Days of Faith: Every Day Alive with God, by R. Paul Stevens

    12. The Baptist Way: Distinctives of a Baptist Church, by R. Stanton Norman

    13. Know What You Believe, by Paul E. Little

    14. Chosen But Free: A Balanced View of Divine Election, by Norman Geisler

    15. Grace, Faith, and Free Will, by Robert E. Picirilli

    16. Who Moved My Church? A Story about Discovering Purpose in a Changing Culture, by Mike Nappa

    17. Marketplace Christianity: Discovering the Kingdom Purpose of the Marketplace, by Robert Fraser

    18. The Case of Antioch: A Biblical Model for a Transformational Church, by Jeff Iorg

    19. Know Why You Believe, by Paul E. Little

    20.Simplify Your Spiritual Life: Spiritual Disciplines for the Overwhelmed, by Donald S. Whitney

    21. The Practice of Godliness, by Abraham Kuyper

    22. The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives, by Dallas Willard

    23.Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith, by

    Wallace J. Warner

    24.How Does Sanctification Work? by David Powlison

    25.The Attributes of God, by Arthur W. Pink

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