The Disciple Nations Alliance began in 1997 as a joint initiative of Food for the Hungry and the Harvest Foundation to envision and equip local churches worldwide to fulfill their strategic, God-given roles in the transformation of communities and nations.
The DNA began by promoting a “school of thought” centered on the power of Biblical truth for cultural transformation, the strategic role of the church in society, and the importance of wholistic, incarnational ministry.
This school of thought initially was spread through five-day Vision Conferences which featured the teaching of DNA co-founders Darrow Miller and Bob Moffitt. The first Vision Conference was held in Lima, Peru in 1997. Fewer than two years later, Vision Conferences had been conducted in Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, and Ethiopia. Since then, hundreds of Vision Conferences have occurred in more than 60 nations throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.
As the Vision Conference spread, local leaders emerged with a passion to spread the training in their own communities and nations. Today, local, self-governing DNA networks exist in more than 45 countries, including a prominent pan-African network called Samaritan Strategy Africa.
DNA books and training materials have been translated into more than 20 languages. Through the DNA, God has impacted thousands of churches, ministry organizations and networks worldwide. As a result, communities and nations have been impacted through countless church-organized wholistic ministry initiatives known as Seed Projects, all conducted with local resources.
Many of these Seed Projects have grown into significant ongoing wholistic ministries with tremendous impact.
In January 2008, the DNA Global Secretariat office was formed as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2008, an all-volunteer Global Advisory Team (GAT) composed of key national DNA leaders was established. Together, the GAT and Global Secretariat exist to provide support, coordination and guidance to the worldwide alliance.
Today, the DNA works in cooperation with Food for the Hungry, Harvest Foundation, and a number of other affiliated organizations that have incorporated DNA teaching and ministry models as a part of their programs.