Over the past few years we have been exploring incarnational discipleship and looking for ways of putting what we had learned into practice. At the same time there was a concern that our mid-week prayer meeting was poorly attended and had little impact on the church. Our solution was deceptively simple: we scrapped our mid-week prayer meeting and launched DNA.
In brief: DNA stands for Discipleship, Nurture and Accountability. We invited people to create groups of 3 to meet once a week, at a time and place of their own choosing, for mutual discipleship, to nurture each other’s faith and to hold one another accountable in discipleship all in the context of prayer. I want to say quite firmly that DNA is not just a new name for house groups or prayer cells, it is much more focused on nurturing incarnational discipleship in the lives of the disciples involved. We have 20 groups and they have no hierarchy, no leadership structure, and vary in their content, for example: some have a devotional type Bible study, some don’t.
All the groups come together 2-3 times a year to share stories of God’s presence in their lives. One senior member of the congregation who had served as a deacon for 50 years has said that DNA is the best thing to happen to Denny Baptist. I have run out of word count but if you want to know more email firstname.lastname@example.org