Virgil Dugan, President of the Tijeras Foundation, has referred to Sixteen:Fifteen as being like a house key. The key may seem small and insignificant by itself, but when used as intended it opens the door to all the valuable items in the home. He says that, in the same way, we are small but can unlock the valuable missions’ potential within local churches.
I think that pretty well sums up the 3D process. By allowing us to serve them, local churches often have a better understanding of the Great Commission potential that exists within their own body. When church leaders set aside the time to craft, commit to, and articulate a missions’ vision and focus to their congregation, they begin to unleash thepotential that often lies latent within their churches.
Feeling that they are working together toward a common cause, people are inspired to care, to pray, and to give. They find creative ways to use their spiritual and vocational talents to contribute to reaching a people group or region.
Time and again, our partner churches experience wider (and deeper) church involvement in global missions, an increase in Great Commission giving, and an overall greater impact in their endeavors.
While the 3D process is not “rocket science”, it is a unique opportunity for your church to have experienced outsiders assist you in evaluating your current missions’ activities, and then help you formulate a plan for the future.
If your church has benefited from the 3D process, we love to have you share your comments and experiences below.
By Jerrid Stelter, Contributing Researcher/Writer
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