Dr. Avery Willis, CEO of the International Orality Network and founder of DNA 21, and Gateway Baptist Association (in Illinois) Director of Missions Larry Richmond tell an amazing story of a church in Post Falls, Idaho. By practicing New Testament examples of discipleship — emphasizing relationships and small groups — in just a few years the church has grown to 8,500 in attendance. Of the church’s 90 staff members, 85 came out of the church membership.
It is a part of the DNA 21 movement.
A St. Louis area event May 13, 14 providing reproducible training on Immersion I by members of the Idaho church (explained at www.reallifeministries.com). It is to be conducted in Bethel Baptist Church in Troy, Illinois (20 minutes northeast of the St. Louis, MO arch) on Thursday and Friday, May 13 and 14th, 2010. Whether one attends this gathering or a similar one in the future, Avery Willis and Larry Richmond provide a stimulating discussion regarding Immersion I and its possibilities.
Registrants to date include both Baptists and non-Baptists from New York, Ohio, Atlanta, northern Illinois, and locally in the St. Louis region.
From the www.reallifeministries.com website:
The Immersion l is a unique two-day experience that will both challenge and stretch you. If you’re expecting the usual conference or seminar; think again. We won’t be talking at you for two days. Rather, we’re going to challenge you through interactive small group experiences to evaluate and re-think how you do church.
Toward the conclusion of the12-minute radio discussion of Immersion I, Avery Willis compares his current condition of leukemia (now in remission) to the modern day church. In leukemia, one’s body has perhaps 10 times more cells than needed, but they are immature and unable to carry out their intended function – not able to reproduce.
Immersion I addresses spiritual and church “leukemia!”
DOM Larry Richmond welcomes your calls at 618 931-2222.