DNA groups are at the heart of Journey’s mission to not only reach every man, woman, and child and tell them of the love and saving power of Christ, but to help you grow spiritually. DNA groups are your chance to dive deeply into God’s word–and develop strong friendships.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does DNA stand for?
Devotion & Accountability.
- Devotion to God’s Word through SOAPing Scripture
- Biblical accountability to one another, spurring each other towards Christ
Where do DNA groups meet?
Where you meet is completely up to your group. Groups can meet in homes, over coffee, or over a meal. Meeting in a public place may be a great opportunity to be on display for a watching world, but groups must be careful not to allow their environment to hinder the quality of the time.
How long do DNA groups meet for?
Typically groups meet for one hour, spending 30 minutes in devotion reading Scripture, 20 minutes in accountability, and 10 minutes in prayer.
Why 2-4 people? Why can’t we keep growing?
At Journey Church, our discipleship system works within two structures: missional communities and DNA groups. Whereas a Missional Community facilities a wider form of community, DNA groups allow you to go deeper with each other and form close relationships. Therefore, the larger your group becomes, the greater the risk of missing out on depth. When your group grows to about 4-5 people, we advocate multiplying into two or more groups.
How many semesters is a DNA group designed to last until it multiplies?
This answer will vary for different DNA groups, but each group will likely need to multiply after roughly three semesters.
How do I connect into a DNA group?
The best way to connect into or create your DNA group is through your Missional Community. Talk to your Missional Community leader about your interest in joining a DNA; they are eager to help!
Can our DNA group choose to do a Bible study or read a book together?
We encourage groups that are interested in doing a Bible study or book study together to go for it but keep it separate from your Scripture study time at your DNA meeting. The best way to do a book/Bible study is to read it separately throughout the week and briefly discuss it together at your DNA meeting. But we advocate direct study of the Bible be the focus of your time spent together.
How do we know which Scripture to study?
We want you to learn how to study the Bible in its purest form, which means reading the Bible itself. To that end, Journey has broken up certain books of the Bible into bite-size DNA devotions you are welcome to use in your DNA group.
How do I become a leader of a DNA group?
If you are not already a part of a DNA group, the most popular way to connect into or create a DNA group is through joining a Missional Community. If you are already in a DNA group, communicate to your leader that you are interested in leading a new group when next your group needs to multiply. Your leader will give you chances to try it out.
What are the expectations of a DNA group leader?
- A DNA leader must be a true disciple of Jesus Christ.
- A DNA leader must be committed to making disciples and growing as a leader.
- A DNA leader must have a rudimentary ability to handle God’s Word.
The role of the leader is merely to facilitate the conversation. The leader simply makes sure that the group stays on track and accomplishes it’s purpose for the meeting.
Have more questions? Contact Dawjr Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org.