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 A COLLECTION OF DNA RESOURCES

What is a DNA Group? A DNA Group usually consists of three people—men with men, women with women—within a particular community on mission, who meet together regularly to be known and to bring the gospel to bear on each other’s lives so that they grow in and live out their gospel identity. DNA Groups are not about self improvement, but God’s unending grace to transform us through the gospel–Jesus’ perfect life, death, and resurrection. (Galatians 1:102 Corinthians 5:21)

Below you’ll find some video resources for DNA formation and best practices as well as a guide to get you started.

Start and Lead a DNA with Growing in Christ Together

Growing in Christ Together is a sixteen week curriculum designed to help groups of men and women initiate this life-long process of discipleship.

Growing in Christ Leader Guide

The Leadership Guide is curated from pastors across the Soma Family of Churches and comes with nearly two decades of experience leading D-N-A groups. Consider this curriculum as training wheels for creating a discipleship environment.

Growing in Christ Participant Guide

You will focus on the essentials of following Jesus through reading, conversation, community, and obedience. Be prepared: this is more than a Bible study you attend. Growing in Christ Together will invite you to grow as a disciple and help others grow, too.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Leading an Effective DNA, Pt 1

Leading an Effective DNA, Pt 1

Leading an effective DNA Part 2

Leading an Effective DNA, Pt 2

Value of DNA for Women

Value of DNA for Men

How to Share Your Story
There is ONE dominant story that all stories will ultimately find their place in and finally be complete because of God’s story: the Gospel. His story precedes, finishes, corrects, and ultimately makes sense of all other stories. In order to administer the Gospel effectively to people, we must listen with “Gospel-ears” for where any part of someone’s story is not in line with or influenced by the Gospel.

Gospel Shepherding – Listen for the Heart
90% of good discipleship and shepherding is listening. When you’re engaging a person’s story and life, how do you listen to the Spirit and listen to their hearts for the sake of gospel change? This resource outlines very helpful ways of understanding and hearing others as we love them in relationship. Authored by Abe Meysenburg

Gospel Shepherding – Speak the Truth in Love
How do I speak the truth in love? This is one of our primary tasks as a disciple who makes disciples. We know we’re called to do it, but we’re either tempted to just give advice or intimidated by the challenge. This resource gives sage advice and principles to follow as you step into this essential practice. Authored by Abe Meysenburg

Studying the Bible
How do we read the Scriptures in community and with God at the center? In other words, how can we engage the Bible together without it being a manual on life but as a the life-giving story where we discover the character of God, what he’s done, who we are, and then, how we should live? This simple resource provides practical wisdom in engaging the Bible with others in a DNA Group, community, or as individuals. Authored by Abe Meysenburg

Listening to the Spirit
How do I bear fruit in keeping with repentance? The Spirit will always call us to live out our gospel identity. This simple tool allows you and fellow disciples to consider and pray through ways to walk in faith. If the gospel applies to every aspect of our lives, the fruit of the gospel will be evidenced in actions and obedience in all aspects of life. Authored by Abe Meysenburg

Gospel Shepherding – Speak the Truth in Love
How do I speak the truth in love? This is one of our primary tasks as a disciple who makes disciples. We know we’re called to do it, but we’re either tempted to just give advice or intimidated by the challenge. This resource gives sage advice and principles to follow as you step into this essential practice. Authored by Abe Meysenburg

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