I attended the free 3DM Church Planter event last week in Pawley’s Island, SC http://mikebreen.wordpress.com/ . The setting was beautiful and the accommodations at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort http://www.litchfieldbeach.com/ were fantastic. I’m still processing the information. There were things I liked and a few things I didn’t like about their approach.
What I liked:
1. Huddles – I do believe this is a very good approach to small group discipleship. I think a church planter would do well to work his core team through this process early on.
2. Missional Communities – Whether or not you use their “brand” of Missional Communities, this is proving to be a great way to get the church out into the community. I’ve been following what Virginia Baptists are doing with their “Fresh Expressions” approach and believe it has lot’s of potential for existing churches and church plants.
3. Bi-Vocational Option – This approach, as presented, would be viable for a bi-vo planter who is not on a fast track to growth. This is a slower process, but with solid results.
4. Focus on Relational Discipleship – I suspect this is about the only way to get a deep level of discipleship results.
So, I’d like to say thanks to the 3DM team for their generosity and time!