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Family Groups are a space to grow in community with God, and one another.
We help people belong to groups that love one another and live out the gospel of Jesus Christ—together. Family Groups are a space where you get to grow in community with God and one another, using the gifts that the Lord has given you to build up the body of Christ. Groups are for everyone, in any stage of life, and every person offers a unique contribution to this smaller expression of the people of God.
Not every group will have the exact same rhythm, but you can expect some combination of:
A place to process and practice what is preached on Sunday morning
Prayer in community
Living on mission with your group
Our groups meet throughout the surrounding Joplin Metro area as we seek to be lights in the neighborhoods of our local church.
DNA Groups are a space to be known and to disciple one another through God's word
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DNA groups are small, bible based, single-sex groups who meet regularly to encourage each other to grow as disciples of Jesus and as disciple-making disciples. DNA groups are mainly formed from within Family Groups, which helps to provide support and accountability.
The acronym DNA stands for:
Discover: Discover Jesus through reading the Scriptures Nurture: Nurture one another with the truths of the gospel in our hearts in the confessing of sin Act: Take Action by obeying Christ’s call for us to live on mission for the lost
DNA Groups are the most organic, core level of fellowship within the church. You get out what you put into this time with your brothers and sisters in Christ, and it’s our hope that a culture of gratitude and service in our church would overflow from the love shown in our DNAs.
DNA FAQ What should I expect at a DNA meeting?
1-2 hours of Scripture study, accountability, encouragement, confession of sin, and prayer.
What should my DNA study content be?
Content assigned by Elders or other books of Scripture.
Is it okay if I am not comfortable sharing sin?
We believe confession is a vital factor in a believer’s growth. While your DNA will never shame you into sharing, they are not loving you well if they can’t help you enjoy the blessings of the Gospel: confession, grace, and mutual accountability
What do I do if my DNA remains surface level, or if members are not faithfully operating?
This includes inconsistent meetings, failure to read, confess sin, live on mission, etc. Lead in action and vulnerability! You get out what you put in; be faithful to read, confess, act, and trust others to do the same! If problems persist over time, be honest and express your concern. If they still persist, let an Elder know so we may help. If the problems persist beyond these two steps, you then have cause to humbly part ways and seek a new DNA with both a clean conscience and your Elders’ blessing.
How do I lovingly ask tough, accountability-based questions?
Begin with asking what questions they want to be asked, and the questions they need to be asked. As trust builds, asking tougher questions will come more naturally. Each member of the DNA has the spiritual responsibility to ask these questions in love and receive them in love. Remember, the goal is to edify.
How do I apply the Gospel to confessed sin?
Remind them of grace, the atoning work of the Cross, their justification by Christ, and their identity as a child of God. Encourage them to think of how Christ died for that confessed sin and how God’s grace grants eternal forgiveness that equips all saints for a practical pursuit of holiness.