DNA Groups are gender triads (3 men or 3 women) that meet together weekly for a 16-week session. These groups foster discipleship relationships in order to help each person trust and follow Jesus.

The group is committed to three key components of discipleship:

  1. Discovering Jesus
  2. Nurturing truths in our hearts
  3. Acting on what the Spirit says


The members of a DNA group should be committed to meeting together regularly for 16 weeks, usually for about 90 minutes at a time. These meetings consist of sharing personal stories, asking questions, listening to each other, reading Scripture, praying, speaking the truth in love, repenting and confessing sin, and listening to the Holy Spirit. Beyond the weekly meeting, DNA groups should seek to build trusting relationships by sharing life together.


There is no rigid formula for growth and multiplication of a DNA group. Every situation is different, and the group members must be willing to submit to the Spirit’s leading. With that said, multiplication is the model of Scripture and a large value in the discipleship model of Arbor Road. We ask that each member be prayerfully open to the Spirit’s leading of multiplying DNA groups.


  • “My husband is more devoted to reading his Bible than I have ever experienced in our 10 years together!”

  • “Through DNA groups God has helped me develop meaningful friendships built securely around His Word. He’s taught me more and more, how to apply the gospel to every part of my life!”

  • “It’s much harder to hide insecurities and sins in a DNA group setting. This is a GOOD thing and may be my favorite thing because it helps us more intentionally know and care for each other.”

  • “DNA groups have taught me a whole new way to read the Bible. When I see who God is and what He’s done for me, what follows is freedom and confidence in who that makes me and how I should act in response.”

  • “DNA groups gave me a passion to make more disciples AND the tools to make it happen!”

  • “I was nervous about getting involved because being vulnerable has brought deep hurt into my life. But I’m so glad that I did! God’s been healing those hurts and showing me that when relationships are gospel-centered, there is freedom and joy.”


The nature of DNA groups is that each member is seeking the leadership of the Spirit together, so there’s technically no leader. We don’t want two members of the group solely looking to a single leader for guidance, but rather to the Lord. With that said, it is inevitable that someone in the group will take the initiative in setting things up, gathering the group, and keeping everyone on track.

If you are interested in leading a group we have a 2 hour training video and manual that will equip you to organize and start a DNA group.

We have found that 3 is an ideal size for fostering trust and transparency. If the group expands beyond 3 there tends to be less depth and it’s easier for some members of the group to “hide”. We want each member to be deeply known and cared for, which is why we limit it to 3.

Unbelievers are welcome to join! DNA groups can be a great opportunity to disciple unbelievers and discuss the gospel more in depth

Each group is different. DNA groups will discuss and decide on a time and place that works best for the group. Public spaces (coffee shops, restaurants) tend to be difficult environments for these groups. Private spaces are highly recommended.

Each member of the group signs a covenant committing to transparency and confidentiality. With that said, vulnerability is never safe. It’s our hope that each member would experience the freedom the gospel brings — that because Christ has forgiven me of every sin, I’m free to be honest knowing that God declares me as righteous.

Yes. Each DNA group walks through a book that guides the time each week.

No. But each group member commits to following a Bible reading plan six days a week.

During the 16 weeks you will engage in praying and asking the Lord what his desire is for your group. Some groups may commit to another 16 week session. Others will be led to multiply their group in order to increase the discipleship impact. In this case, some members of the group may start a new DNA group.