DNA Discipleship Groups

Thrive, the student ministry at Calvary Baptist Church of Santa Barbara, is passionately committed to seeing the Gospel made flesh and come alive in the lives of students.

The Bible is clear that it is through the regular interaction and meaningful relationships with other believers that we are conformed to become more like Jesus.

What Are DNA Discipleship Groups?
DNA groups are simply the laboratories at Thrive for making disciples. We believe every believer has been entrusted with the amazing mission of being discipled and making disciples.  DNA groups are same gender groups of 2-4 students that meet regularly with an older mentor to share life together, study the Word (some groups may want to read a Christian book together), fight sin, encourage and challenge, and love and pray for each other.

DNA Groups are a primary environment through which our students mature at Thrive.  These small groups enable every member to minister to each other by pouring our lives into one another.  Jesus modeled that disciples are made through time, proximity, and relationship.  On Sunday mornings the Bible and its Gospel will be “taught,” and in DNA groups it is “caught” and put into practice!

For more information, please contact
Pastor Will O’Brien at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.