3DM (stands for Three Dimensional Ministries) is an organization based in Pawley’s Island, SC. 3DM focuses on providing training to church leaders in the areas of disciple making and transitioning from a primarily attractional based focus to a more missional based focus.
Developed by 3DM, “Life Shapes” are teaching tools that use various geometric shapes to illustrate various key lessons that Jesus taught His disciples. These easily understood and scriptually based visual tools enable the “discipler” (teacher) to more easily explain and guide discussion among those being discipled (taught). There are eight different “Life Shapes” – each is used to illustrate certain points and lessons that are key to the discipleship process.
In following the model of Jesus (much of the teaching and training He did with His diciples was done in a small group setting), Huddles are discipleship groups of 6-8 people who meet regulary to learn, grow and develop as disciples of Jesus Christ. Huddle leaders use “Life Shapes” to teach various lessons based on key points that Jesus taught. The “Life Shapes” help us to more easily understand and remember these lessons so that we can apply them in our own lives and also share them with others. Huddles help us to consistently listen for and hear God speaking to us into our lives . . . and then intentionally reflect on and act on what He’s telling us.
Huddles are simply a discipleship vehical. The Huddle process is simple, powerful, and very reproducible, much like the class and band meetings that were the catalyst of the early Methodist Movement.
Our conference has adopted the use of Huddles as a missional strategy intended to help us return to our traditional roots and prioritize growth in discipleship at every level of leadership – from the cabinet, to our pastors, to our lay leaders. Harbor District currently has a number of clergy huddles (led by the DS) and laity huddles (led by the ADS) that meet regularly. Huddles are one of several discipleship pathways utlized in the NC Conference.
Training on utlizing 3DM “Life Shapes” and Huddles to move from a primarily attractional based focus to a more missional based focus will be offered as part of various Harbor District training events throughout the year. If your church is interested in having a 90min on-site training workshop specifically focused on this topic please e-mail your request to firstname.lastname@example.org – include date/time options and also the number of people you expect to attend.