When we planted a church three-and-a-half years ago, our vision was to cultivate and multiply communities of mission and discipleship, seeing new expressions of the good news of Jesus planted in every cultural nook and cranny of Fort Wayne and beyond.
Early on in this journey we connected with 3DM, an organization that represents a movement of putting discipleship and mission back into the hands of ordinary people through investing in leaders and churches all over the world. They really helped us gain traction in implementing the vision God had put in our hearts.
Along the way God led us to graft our church plant in with Grace Gathering, another church in Fort Wayne involved in this movement, forming one network of missional communities in the Fort Wayne area. Over the past couple years, we have become more and more involved with 3DM, coaching and investing in leaders all over North America. As we engaged in these opportunities we began to discern a call toward dedicating more of our time in this arena, resourcing the movement we’ve been part of for the past three years.
It seems that God confirmed this call during our sabbatical in Pawleys Island this past winter, so this summer we will be moving to Pawleys Island, the epicenter of this movement, to join the 3DM team full-time. This will allow us to dedicate our full attention and energy to coaching leaders, facilitating learning communities for churches, and developing new content that will resource and equip leaders all over the world to cultivate and multiply movements of discipleship and mission.
So while the scope of our assignment is changing, it simply represents another chapter in the same mission we’ve had all along: cultivating and multiplying communities of discipleship and mission to join God in the renewal of all things.
We are excited about this, of course, but it is also a daunting challenge: moving to a new home, leaving a place we’ve lived for almost 15 years, engaging in new work, facing new challenges, new levels of sacrifice, etc. We know that we will need prayer in this endeavor! We will be sending periodic updates to those who are supporting us in prayer. If you’d like to be on this list, please contact me and let me know.
Just wanted to “make it official” for those of you who read my blog regularly. I am sure that our new role with 3DM will simply serve to deepen and strengthen the content of the blog. I am looking forward to future conversations!