What is a Local Network?

Local Networks are teams of Christians organized to represent and carry out the mission of the Disciple Nations Alliance (DNA) locally. The mission of the DNA is to help the Church rise to her full potential as God’s principal agent in restoring, healing and blessing broken nations.

“Local” is defined by the members of the network. It may be city-wide, nation-wide or, in some cases, it may encompass a continental or sub-continental region.

What is the purpose of the Local Network?

Local Networks exist to carry out the mission of the DNA locally. They serve as the local expressions and points of contact for the DNA in their particular geographic locations.

Local Networks provide support to (not control over) a local, volunteer-based movement. To this end, they function largely “behind the scenes” and look for ways to add value to the larger local network.

The DNA is a network of peers. As such, its nature is non-hierarchical. Leadership is exercised as consensus building and service, not top-down command-and-control. 

What do Local Networks do?

  • Resource Distribution: Oversee the translation, contextualization and distribution of DNA training materials and other resources.
  • Multiply Trainers and Practitioners:  Train trainers and support practitioners by facilitating local Vision Conferences, follow-up conferences, training-of-trainers workshops, mentoring relationships and empowerment of new trainers and practitioners.
  • Key Contact: Serve as a DNA point of contact for individuals, churches and organizations that want information and wish to engage.
  • Communication: Develop and distribute a local newsletter that publicizes upcoming trainings, events and resources, as well as important stories, models or methods of church-based transformation.
  • Convene: Organize local gatherings of church leaders, trainers and practitioners for the purpose of developing the network, nurturing relationships, providing encouragement, stimulating vision, and sharing stories and models.
  • Strategize: Develop and support locally appropriate strategies for carrying out the DNA mission. This may involve multiplying trainers, supporting model churches, engaging on particular social/cultural issues, or working in particular vocational areas or social spheres. The more, the better.

What are the qualifications to be recognized as a Local Network?

  1. Be able and willing to carry out the six responsibilities listed above, under “What do Local Networks do?”
  2. Affirm and/or adopt the DNA’s mission statement.
  3. Promote and be fully committed to the DNA’s seven core truths in their entirety.
  4. Be fully committed to–and function in accordance with–the DNA’s operating principles.
  5. Actively participate with other DNA Local Networks, both regional and global.
  6. Participate in the DNA Global Forum.

Local Networks will be represented on the DNA global website with a contact person and e-mail address.

Local Networks will be reviewed by the DNA Global Leadership Team every two years. Those that are inactive or no longer in alignment with the qualifications above will be removed from the DNA global website.

How are Local Networks formed?

It begins with individuals who sense God’s calling and are deeply committed to the mission of the DNA, the seven core truths, and the operational principles. Typically, they will have attended a Vision Conference and will have begun to put the teaching into practice. They may be serving as trainers, practitioners, or both.

As such individuals grow in a particular geographic area, they are encouraged to form a local network and take ownership of the mission of the DNA locally.

This encouragement may come from a broader regional network or from the International Secretariat; however, formation is demand driven. Local networks form as there is a vision or passion on the part of local Christians to do so.

How are Local Networks structured?

Most Local Networks ascribe to this structure:

  • A leadership team or steering committee: This is a small team of passionate, committed volunteers under compulsion to see the DNA vision advanced locally. They commit time, talent and resources to the cause.
  • A coordinator or key contact person: This person convenes the leadership team and provides facilitative leadership. She or he serves as a point of contact for the larger DNA alliance. As with all leadership roles in the DNA, this person is characterized by responsibility and service, not by top-down authority and control.
  • A “board of reference” or advisory council: This group is composed of prominent and respected church and organization leaders who support the DNA and agree to lend their names and influence to the movement. They provide credibility and connections to the local network.


Are Local Networks legally recognized organizations?

In some cases, yes; in some cases, no. If members of a Local Network believe forming a legally recognized organization is important to more effectively carry out their purpose, they may do so.

If a Local Network forms as a legally recognized organization, however, they must understand their role is to provide support to (not control over) a larger volunteer movement. To this end, the formal organization should be largely “behind the scenes” and should look for ways to add value to the larger local network.

The DNA is a network of peers. As such, its nature is non-hierarchical. Leadership is exercised as consensus building and service, not top-down command-and-control. 

How are Local Networks funded?

Local Networks are responsible to raise the funds needed to carry out their mission. The International Secretariat does not raise funds for the ongoing operation of Local Networks.

Are Local Networks required to use the name “Disciple Nations Alliance”?

No, they may choose whatever name they feel is most strategic. However, the advantage of using the name “Disciple Nations Alliance” is that it helps identify the local network with the larger DNA global alliance.

Can there be more than one Local Network in a particular geographic area?

Preferably, no; but in some cases, there may be legitimate reasons to have more than one network in the same location. In such cases, it is critical that both networks collaborate and not compete. Again, carefully adhering to the DNA operating principles is vital.

What are Key Contacts?

Key Contacts are individuals who ascribe to the DNA’s seven operational principles and seven foundational truths but may not yet have a team to qualify for a Local Network. They may carry out the DNA mission in their organizations, churches, neighborhoods and/or families.

What do Key Contacts do?

Key Contacts’ names and e-mail addresses are listed on the global DNA website; they serve as the first point of contact for someone in their same country seeking to connect with the DNA locally, for the purpose of learning and/or collaboration. Key Contacts should continually refine their Biblical worldview and seek to grow the presence of the DNA in their spheres of influence.