DNA Groups

What is a DNA Group?

Discipleship is one of the highest priorities that we have at Center Church. We believe that God has called each and every one of us to be all of life disciples. One of the primary ways that we accomplish this is through our DNA Groups. 

A DNA Group is a closed group of three to five people same gender who gather regularly to invest in one another through Discipleship, Nurture (Care), and Accountability. 


What should our DNA Group look like and what should we do?

There is so much freedom to how a DNA group can look. Groups might have different settings, take place over different activities, and have all kinds of different rhythms and seasons. 

However, if you are looking for some good direction on what a DNA Group can look like, check out our DNA Group Leader Guide. This guide will answer almost any question you have about DNA Groups, how to start and run a group, and it’s full of really helpful and practical resources.

How many people should be in a DNA Group?

Because accountability works well in a smaller setting, the ideal size of a disciple-making group is 3 to 5 – you and 2 to 4 other people. We recommend that you do not have more than 5, and remember that a one-on-one relationship is not ideal.

How often do DNA Groups meet?

Ideally, you should meet once a week for about an hour to two hours. You can meet more frequently, but it is important that you meet at least once a week. This schedule does not prohibit those you are discipling from calling you throughout the week or connecting for counsel when needed. It is important to remember that discipleship is about the relationship between you and your group members, not about checking a requirement box. Disciple-making is a way of life, not a program.

How do I find a DNA Group?

DNA Groups are different in the fact that people form them, not Center Church. The best way to form them is through the relationships you are already building.

If you would like to be in a DNA Group, the first step on the pathway is to join a Missional Community. If you are currently in an MC and desire to be in a DNA Group, talk to your MC Leader.

Other great places to look for people to join your DNA Group is on your serving team!

Where should we meet?

Find a meeting place away from the church. Restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores, diners, and homes are all good options. Meeting outside the church in the community encourages your group members to publicize their faith, teaching them it is okay to read the Bible at a restaurant or pray in public. Be sure to select a place that is convenient to all group members.

How do I lead a DNA Group?

The only absolute requirement for leading a DNA Group is that you be intentionally pursuing Christ. You do not need to be a master teacher or have all of the answers; you do not need to be able to say, “Listen to me.” If you can say, “Follow me; I’m pursuing Christ,” you have the tools you need to lead a DNA Group.

For more specific, be sure to check out our DNA Group Leaders Guide.