As a church we have been significantly impacted by a ministry organization called 3DM (www.3dmovements.com) in the arena of pursuing discipleship and mission in the local church context. From this investment over the last several years we have developed discipleship huddles, missional communities, and a common discipleship language that is both transferrable and reproducible to people throughout the church.
Many churches on this same journey are looking for places where they can see these principles fleshed out in the local church setting. Because of this, we offer a “Pilgrimage” at Grace Gathering both in the fall and spring. This is an opportunity for leaders and teams to come and observe firsthand how these principles are being implemented, hear what mistakes we have made over the years, what we would have done differently, what has worked, what breakthroughs we have experienced thus far, and simply spend a couple days hanging out with us.
Our motto is, “we are not a perfect example of a church pursing discipleship and mission, but we are at least a living example.” This 48 hour immersion experience is limited to only a certain number of participants with a limit of no more than 6 per church team. We want to have lots of personal interaction.
The next Pilgrimage will take place October 18- 20, 2016. Registration cost is $99 per person.
Also, we have families in the church that are willing to house participants. Many of these homes are made up of mission community leaders. The cost to stay in a home is $20 per person per night.
For those who want to stay in a hotel, there is a Holiday Inn Express one mile away from the church facility in New Haven (260.748.6767), or there are many other hotel options in Fort Wayne.
Here is a tentative agenda for the week:
4:30-5:30 Check-in at the church building
5:30-6:30 Dinner (provided)
6:30-8:00 Getting to Know you Time
8:30-9:00 Observation and participation of staff worship and prayer rhythm
9:00-12:00 Overview of the following: A look at Grace Huddle structure (now in 4th generation), Grace mission community development (currently 20 MC’s), Grace failures and successes along the way, etc.
12:00-1:00 Lunch provided
1:00-4:00 On-site visits to mission community areas of focus around Fort Wayne
5:00-7:00 Dinner on your own or with host family (if applicable)
7:00-8:30 Dessert night with mission community experience
8:30-9:00 Staff worship and prayer rhythm
9:00-10:00 Overview of doing evangelism in the context of mission community
10:00-12:00 Applying principles in mission community experience downtown Fort Wayne
12:00-1:30 Lunch downtown (everyone paying their own)
1:30-2:30 Q and A in downtown venue
3:00 Back to the church building for dismissal