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On the move

The Wayfarer Blog is on the move. With the launch of 3DM’s new website in April 2012, we are now hosting our blog under the website. Check it out here.

Of course, you can still reach the Wayfarer Blog via But if you have us bookmarked or if you have subscribed (thank you!), you will need to change your settings to continue getting Wayfarer Blog content.

We look forward to continuing the conversation with you on the new Wayfarer Blog.


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Why churches don’t have young people

Our good friend Will Mancini had a wonderful post this week based on questions he often gets from churches about how to reach younger generations. The post begins as Will states a core principle:

Generational relevance is always a leadership issue first. Because the gift of leadership naturally develops leaders in its wake, a lack of presence with the next generation is a lack of leadership in some way. The implications are:

  • Leaders beget younger leaders
  • Those leaders and churches who reach young people aren’t thinking about it as much as it is happening naturally
  • The more conscious you are of the problem of reaching younger people, there is a leadership issue to identify
  • Younger people are primarily reached by younger leaders
  • If you don’t have young leaders, you don’t have old leaders

Based on these implications, Will spells out five strategies that churches can choose to reach young people. They are well worth your time and consideration.

Do you agree with what Will says about generational relevance and leadership? If so, what strategies have you found to address this issue? Let’s discuss it in the comments below.

By the way, Will is a clarity evangelist who helps churches and non-profits discern what their vision is. Wayfarer went through the process, and it has been invaluable for us. We encourage you to check out Will’s ministry called Auxano or to read his book Church Unique. His resources are well worth your time.


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Welcome to the all-new Wayfarer Blog

It’s a new era on the Wayfarer blog. Wayfarer is the youth and young adult arm of 3DM. Together, we are imagining what the future of the Western church might look like if, once again, we focus all of our energy on discipleship and mission. In a nutshell, what we do is train leaders to do discipleship and mission in a world that is increasingly more post-Christian with each passing day.

As part of this mission, we are remaking the Wayfarer Blog. Over the coming weeks and months, we will provide fresh and innovative content for youth minister and college ministers. We will raise provocative questions, provide valuable resources, and create a discussion that we want you to be a part of. Our contributors will include: Dave Rhodes, Chris Brooks, Jo Saxton, Robert Neely, Blake Berg, David Reichley, and more. Click here to read about the contributors you will find on the blog.

You can join the conversation by commenting on any post, and by liking/following Wayfarer (Facebook/Twitter) and 3DM (Facebook/Twitter). And if you’d like to know when we post new blogs, hit the “Follow” button on the top right-hand side of our blog.

We can’t wait to see where our collective conversation about youth and young adult ministry goes.

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Aaron Keyes Coming to the Upstate. Don’t miss him.

A long time Friend of Wayfarer Aaron Keyes will be here in the Upstate this weekend in concert for a “Night of Praise” – Sunday, May 29: 7:00 pm at CrossRoads Community Church – 416 Holland Road – Simpsonville, SC – 29681.

Aaron was one of the first worship leaders for us during out times of hosting Engage in the Upstate.  If you live in the area be sure to come out and hear from his new album “Dwell”

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Update on the Brooks Family in Tuscaloosa

Many of you know the Brooks Family live in Tuscaloosa and are experiencing the devastation that yesterday brought.  They are fine but the community they live in is in need.  Many have called in today asking about them so we wanted to give the latest information we had.

Courtney from our staff talked with Audrey this morning and this is the latest update from the Brooks family –

” I spoke with Audrey this morning.  They are safe, have power and internet, but have a hard time making outgoing calls.  Chris is keeping people updated via twitter and FB.  I think Audrey is just cooking and hosting college students as long as they can.  A shopping complex about 1/2 mile from their house is gone, so the tornado came really close.  As far as they can tell all of their college students are accounted for and Chris has a group volunteering today.  Chris has said  it’s just a mess a lot of work to do.  Audrey said it feels like they are looking at  pictures of Japan.  But they’re safe.

So, keep praying for them, I told Audrey to let us know what we can do, but she said it’s going to take a few days to wrap their heads around it and make a plan.  Praying for Chris and his team at Calvary for blessing and wisdom as they help and step into leadership.  So thankful that the Brooks family is there and present in this storm.”

We’ll let you know more if we hear anything.

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Wayfarer Camp 2012. Did someone say Beach?

In 2012 Wayfarer Camp is adding locations at the beach!!!

Wayfarer Camp 2012 is looking at adding two weeks in Pawley’s Island, SC!  That’s no ordinary beach, were not an ordinary organization, and so you know it’s not going to be an ordinary beach camp! Like all the intersections Wayfarer designs, we will be intentional with every aspect.  Our beach camp will uniquely combine large group worship settings, with small group times, as well as service projects to assist churches in intentional discipleship.

 But let’s be honest, you’re at one of the most desirable beach locations in the country, so we will be sure to give you LOTS of free time to enjoy the beach!  So if you want the intensity and internality of Wayfarer Camp and desire take your group to the beach, but don’t want the stress of overcrowded tourist attractions…well, this sounds like your kind of camp!  Stay connected as more details unfold!

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Launching Missional Communities

Our friends at 3DM just recently had a great review with one of the mainstream blogs Jesus Creed for Christian Culture today for Mike Breens new book out, Launching Missional Communities: A Field Guide

Check out the review here.

Follow Mike’s Blog here.

Get a copy of the book reviewed here.

“A Missional Community is a group of twenty to fifty people who have united, in the name of Jesus, around a common service and witness to a particular context.” So Mike Breen and Alex Absalom in their new book, Launching Missional Communities: A Field Guide (p. 124).

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