DNA has moved from science classroom discussions to the mainstream of television shows and nightly news reports over the years. What is it? It is the genetic code or the hereditary material of all organisms, including humans. DNA is what helps us determine identity and health.
Imagine if you could create the DNA of your ideal class and embed it in all future groups! What would it look like? I believe you can help create the identity and health of a new group through the right values (DNA). What is the right DNA for a healthy group? Numerous ideas exist, including one that can be found in Extreme Sunday School Challenge by Bruce Raley and David Francis.
As you create a new group, you will need to think about its’ DNA. What will the group look like, how will it function, and what will it value? Maybe you will decide that it needs to reach, teach, minister and multiply. If so, you need to plant people in the group that will give life (place value) on each of these functions. These tasks will not get done unless key leaders are intentionally placed into the ‘class DNA.’
Here are some ideas to help in embedding this value-based ‘genetic code’ in a group:
Values are vocal – Someone needs to be responsible to make sure the value is addressed verbally by the group each time it meets.
Values are visible – ‘Trace evidence’ of the group’s DNA should be visible on the walls and in front of the group to remind it of the mission.
Values are verifiable – there should be tangible evidence to demonstrate the accomplishment of purpose. For example, if the class values care ministry it will develop care groups and be accountable for ministry action.
Values are validated – the group leader gives validity to what is valued when he affirms the efforts of those involved.
Values bring victory – and should be celebrated throughout the church, if you are hoping for multiplication. We get what we celebrate.
Celebrate the birth of a new group with the right DNA. Challenge the group to ‘be fruitful and multiply.’