Guest post by Joshua Smith, director of worship and production.

” … learn the tools and rhythms needed to abide in Christ and see him bear fruit in our lives … “

I’m writing from Cincinnati, Ohio, where several members of our ministry staff are participating in a Learning Community sponsored by 3DM*. We’re investing these four days as part of a full three-year process of mentoring with 3DM, learning from their experts how to best glorify God as we make, mature, and mobilize disciples. The more we explore the Scriptures and work out strategies with the 3DM team, the more excited we get, looking ahead to the Discipleship and Mission Conference at Christ Church, October 18-20. We’re taking the time to learn the tools and rhythms needed to abide in Christ and see him bear fruit in our lives, and we can’t wait to share with you how simple and yet effective Biblical discipleship and mission can be. The 3DM team has developed and implemented strategies for countless churches to successfully execute the very same initiatives that we have discerned through our Joshua Summit process, all without overwhelming members with more projects and programs. It’s about living an integrated life, just like Jesus.

We cannot overemphasize how important it will be for our lay leadership to participate in this event. It is no coincidence that God has called Christ Church into this next season of faithfulness and is now equipping our staff to help you love Jesus and love like Jesus, both across the street and around the world. Our 2012 stewardship campaign will call us to consider that the harvest is vast but the workers are few. If you are sensing that Christ is calling you to be a part of this harvest, be sure to register for this event, and prepare yourself for God to break into your life in new and powerful ways. Consider it an investment in a future of clear vision and tangible peace in your life, in your family, in our world.

Take a breath.

Slow down.

Abide.

And Christ will give you a life worth imitating.

*3DM trains churches and Christian leaders to do discipleship and mission in an increasingly post-Christian world.

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