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3DM trains churches and Christian leaders to do discipleship and mission in an increasingly post-Christian world.

We combine 30+ years of learning from the context of a very secular England, penetrating Biblical insights and experience working with hundreds of faith communities worldwide — to come alongside churches and organizations who want to learn to be the church in this new world.

We are megachurches, church plants and everything in between.
We are Baptists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Episcopalians and non-denominational.
We are brand new churches and 200-year-old churches; rural, suburban and urban churches.
We are a movement of churches learning how to thrive in the future.
We are 3DM.

History


Long before “missional” became a Christian buzzword, a church in England started doing things differently. It operated in a European culture that wasn’t friendly to Christians, and they knew that if they were going to reach the city for Jesus, it wasn’t going to happen in the confines of a church service. So they reinvented what church looked like, creating something that looked a lot like what we see in the early church.They took to the streets, to college campuses, living rooms, and pubs; and in doing so, quietly started a missional revolution. By 2000, it had become the largest church in the country.

At the heart of it all was a church culture that didn’t just create converts—it created disciples that seemed to live like Jesus did. They trained regular, ordinary lay people to be leaders, to listen to the voice of God and respond. And the people they trained in turn trained others. The movement spread.

Yes, there were best-selling books and speaking engagements across Europe, but more importantly, there was a movement, with hundreds and thousands of churches embracing a church life that puts both discipleship and mission at the center. This movement has made its way to four continents and is now exploding in North America.

Now we invite you to join the movement.


3DM is an organization that works with leaders and churches of over 70 Christian denominations. We are working with Baptists, Lutherans, Non-denominational, Methodists, Assembly of God, Church of Christ, Brethren, Vineyard. And that’s just scratching the surface.

Just on our home team, we have backgrounds that are Anglican, Baptist, Reformed, Arminian, Charismatic and Wesleyan.

While clearly we are still growing in our understanding of ourselves, let us give you four other reflections on what we believe and how we operate out of that.

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We are orthodox Christians who look to come alongside other orthodox Christians. Now we believe there is a historic understanding of what it means to be an orthodox Christian: The Apostles Creed.

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.
Amen.

*The word catholic in this context means “universal” Church of Jesus Christ

two

However, another way of understanding what we believe and how that drives us is through the lens of these simple principles:

Jesus as the Model
because the way of Jesus and the work of Jesus go hand in handFamily at the Core
because who we are becoming is as important as what we are doingLife on the Edge
because leaders by definition are the ones who go first

Listening for the Word
because becoming like Jesus is a journey of both Spirit and Truth

Laughing along the Way
because purpose and play make the family work

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If you would like to dig around a bit more into what we believe and what drives us, we highly recommend checking out the following pieces of content:

four

To give you an inside look at one aspect of how we train people who are on our team, this is an excerpt from a document that instills in our trainers, teachers and coaches how we choose to operate.

Thoughtful Practitioner
What sets us apart is our wisdom born through experience. People are not going to point at us and say: Academic or Scholar. But we do want them to say: Thoughtful, reflective, intelligent practitioner.
Adaptive
We are able to adapt the content, style and presentation based on the cultural proclivities of the audience we are trying to reach.
We don’t sell
We won’t try to convince people of our point of view through cleverly formed arguments or wowing them into submission. We are not people who are slick, salesy or trying to convince. We lead through us simply living out the principles we feel called to and sharing the experiences of our lives, quietly pointing to the fruit of our lives.
Provocative but not controversial
We seek to create a powerful Kairos for people to attend to; but we are not shock jocks. We attempt to provoke a Kairos that leads to breakthrough, while remembering that Truth is meant to set people free.
Nuanced
We don’t want to be prone to overstatement or universalizing. Because we are experienced, thoughtful practitioners, we are able to make simple, nuanced statements that understand complexity.
Humble
We recognize that many people are listening to us because they believe we can answer that “How do you do it?” question. However, we understand that if we have some insights to that question, it’s because we have postured ourselves as learners first and foremost. The moment we have all the answers is the moment we lose a platform worth speaking from.
People of the Book
We believe the smartest, most strategic, most gifted, most humble, most competent leader that’s ever walked the earth was Jesus. And this man, who we pattern our lives after, believed that you always began and ended with the scriptures to understand the Kingdom. Being people of the book reminds us that the future of the Church lies in our past.
People of the Spirit
Because our Content is derived from scripture, we are confident in the Content we deliver. However, we must never be so dogmatic in the specific Content slated for delivery that we become immovable to the way in which the Spirit might be leading us. Like a good jazz musician, we know that Content so well that we can be taken to whatever place the Spirit guides.

MIKE BREENbio

GLOBAL TEAM LEADER

mike@weare3dm.com

SALLY BREENbio

GLOBAL TEAM LEADER

sally@weare3dm.com

Family
Husband to Sally. Dad to Beccy, Libby and Sam. “Gramps” to Finley.

Birthplace
Richmond Yorkshire UK

Favorite Book
The Lord of the Rings

Favorite Movie
Lawrence of Arabia

Favorite Food
English roast dinner

First Job
Paper boy

Favorite thing about working for 3DM
Passionate about fulfilling the great commission by investing in leaders
Family
Wife to Mike. Mum to Beccy, Libby and Sam. “Jolly” to Finley.

Birthplace
Sheffield UK

Favorite Book
Tess of the d’ubervilles by Thomas Hardy

Favorite Movie
Legends of the Fall

Favorite Food
Toast and jam

First Job
Hairdresser

Favorite thing about working for 3DM
Being able to do what I am passionate about

BLAKE BERGbio

VISUAL ARTIST

blake@weare3dm.com

GAVIN CULMERbio

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

gavin@weare3dm.com

Family
Husband to Kim. Dad to Oscar.

Birthplace
Pasadena CA

Favorite Book
no fav book, fav author/illustrator: Edward Gorey (I celebrate his entire collection)

Favorite Movie
The Royal Tenenbaums and anything connected with Wes Anderson, Tim Burton, Guy Ritchie, David Fincher, and Quentin Tarantino

Favorite Food
Mexican

First Job
Male Model, Mattel Toys

Favorite thing about working for 3DM
I am able to have a voice as an artist.

Family
Wife to Steve. Mum to three beautiful daughters: Isabelle, Megan and Charlotte

Birthplace
Ringwood, a small market town in Henry VIII's New Forest, Hampshire, England, UK

Favorite Book
impossible to give less than 20

Favorite Movie
What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Favorite Food
Bakewell tart and custard

First Job
waitressing in a posh cake shop called 'Daisy Darling'

Favorite thing about working for 3DM
extended family, regardless of geography

Family
Husband to Helen. Dad to Isabelle, Megan and Charlotte.

Birthplace
Exeter UK

Favorite Book
The Bible

Favorite Movie
Gladiator

Favorite Food
Roast Lamb

First Job
Teacher

Favorite thing about working for 3DM
Having a job I would continue to do even if I inherited a fortune.

Family
Husband to Libby. Dad to Finley.

Birthplace
Nuneaton UK

Favorite Book
Enjoyed reading Culture Codes, Outliers, and pretty much anything that Jeremy Clarkson has written! I'm reading the Steve Jobs biography and Great by Choice by Jim Collins right now.

Favorite Movie
The Italian Job (the 1969 original with Michael Caine!)

Favorite Food
Roast Lamb Shank, with all the trimmings and lots of mint sauce!

First Job
After a couple part time jobs after high school, I became a Police Officer.

Favorite thing about working for 3DM
Constant investment, invitation and challenge. And the opportunity to live and work in Pawleys Island, SC.

LIBBY CULMERbio

DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS

libby@weare3dm.com

JOAN GOOLEYbio

RESOURCE COORDINATOR

joan@weare3dm.com

DOUG PAULbio

DIRECTOR OF CONTENT

doug@weare3dm.com

Family
Wife to Gavin. Mum to Finley.

Birthplace
Cambridge UK

Favorite Book
Outliers

Favorite Movie
Pay it forward

Favorite Food
ice cream

First Job
working in a hairdressers as a Saturday helper

Favorite thing about working for 3DM
Getting to work with my family, being challenged to grow daily and of course living in Pawleys Island

Family
Mum to Jo (& Kevin), Peter (& Claire). Nana to Gareth, Megan, Brontë and Leighton. Wife to Frank for 43 years.

Birthplace
Liverpool UK

Favorite Book
Oceans Apart by Karen Kingsby

Favorite Movie
Phantom of the Opera

Favorite Food
English bacon

First Job
typist in an office in Liverpool

Favorite thing about working for 3DM
The people I work with

Family
Husband to Elizabeth (affectionately know as "vox"). Dad to Avery and Judah.

Birthplace
Richmond VA

Favorite Book
Glittering Images

Favorite Movie
Good Will Hunting

Favorite Food
Italian

First Job
Lifeguard (followed by a blissful 13 month stint at Arby's)

Favorite thing about working for 3DM
Doing something that I believe could legitimately change the trajectory of the Western Church

Family
Wife to Douglas (affectionately known as "verbum"). Mommy to Avery and Judah.

Birthplace
Charleston, SC

Favorite Book
Operating Instructions, Searching for God Knows What

Favorite Movie
Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show (really any mockumentary by Christopher Guest)

Favorite Food
Mexican food of any kind

First Job
Retail! Worked at virtually every clothing store in the mall — American Eagle, GAP, Express, JCrew, Banana… you name it I had a 40% employee discount…

Favorite thing about working for 3DM
The opportunity to tell stories I believe in, shape the wider culture and still have time to be the mom God has called me to be. It's a pretty great gig!

ERIC PFEIFFERbio

DIRECTOR OF COACHING

eric@weare3dm.com

JO RAPPSbio

PERSONAL ASSISTANT
TO MIKE AND SALLY BREEN

jo@weare3dm.com

COURTNEY REICHLEYbio

DIRECTOR OF CUSTOMER SERVICE

courtney@weare3dm.com

DAVID REICHLEYbio

DIRECTOR OF CONNECTIONS

david@weare3dm.com

Family
Husband to Kandi. Dad to Charity and Justus

Birthplace
Southern California

Favorite Book
A Tale of 3 Kings

Favorite Movie
The Notebook

Favorite Food
Sushi

First Job
Managed a Scuba Shop

Favorite thing about working for 3DM
Doing what I love with people I love

Family
Wife to Kevin. Mum to Bronte and Leighton.

Birthplace
St. Helens UK

Favorite Book
Wuthering Heights

Favorite Movie
Cinema Paradiso

Favorite Food
Caprese (fresh mozarella, fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and olive oil)

First Job
shoe shop Sales - in the kids department

Favorite thing about working for 3DM
It's never dull and you never know what's next. I also love seeing my family everyday.

Family
Wife to David. Mom to Brennan, Logan, Eli and Millie. Plus Pippa the puppy.

Birthplace
Washington, PA

Favorite Book
Till We Have Faces by CS Lewis

Favorite Food
Crepes or Gelato

First Job
Spring House Dairy Farm

Favorite thing about working for 3DM
Getting to stare at my husband everyday while I work.

Family
Husband to Courtney. Dad to Brennan, Logan, Eli, Amelia. One dog, Pippa

Birthplace
Rockledge, FL

Favorite Book
The Barbarian Way

Favorite Movie
Braveheart

Favorite Food
Chicken Wings

First Job
Wendys

Favorite thing about working for 3DM
includes the whole family

DAVE RHODESbio

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITIES

dave@weare3dm.com

KIM RHODESbio

DIRECTOR OF LOGISTICS

kim@weare3dm.com

JO SAXTONbio

DIRECTOR/COMMUNICATOR

joannah@weare3dm.com

Brandon Schaeferbio

DIRECTOR OF 5-CAPITALS

brandon@weare3dm.com

Family
Husband to Kim. Dad to Emma, Izzie and Frankie

Birthplace
Greenville, SC

Favorite Book
Mere Christianity

Favorite Movie
A Few Good Men

Favorite Food
Hot Wings

First Job
driving range cart boy

Favorite thing about working for 3DM
Getting to serve and do life with friends and family

Family
Wife to Dave. Mom to Emma, Izzie and Frankie

Birthplace
Columbia, PA

Favorite Book
Redeeming Love

Favorite Food
A good steak

First Job
Event Coordinator for Student Life

Favorite thing about working for 3DM
Getting to do work, life and mission with such an amazing family Oikos.

Family
Wife to Chris. Mum to Tia and Zoe.

Birthplace
London UK

Favorite Book
after the Bible, The sense of an ending by Julian Barnes (anything by Julian Barnes) atonement Ian McEwan

Favorite Movie
Lord of the rings trilogy, X men trilogy - Toy Story 3... Love Actually!

Favorite Food
Indian curry (chicken tikka masala) or seafood!

First Job
cleaning my local church

Favorite thing about working for 3DM
We're a family on a mission baby!

Family
Husband to T.J., dad to Eva and Teagan

Birthplace
Latimer, Iowa

Favorite Book
"The Gengis Kahn Series" by Conn Iggulden

Favorite Movie
The Hunt for Red October

Favorite Food
Chinese, Indian, Thai -anything Eastern

First Job
Motorola in Strategic Marketing

Favorite thing about working for 3DM
The Family!

T.J. Schaefer

Family
Husband to Susan

Birthplace
Torrance, CA

Favorite Book
Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

Favorite Movie
Equilibrium

Favorite Food
Channa Masala, Indian Curry

First Job
Screwing lids on medicine bottles in my Aunt's pharmacy

Favorite thing about working for 3DM
Watching people grasp and step in to the fullness of Covenant relationship, and hearing stories of Missional Communities in action around the world.

Family
Wife to David

Birthplace
Sheffield UK

Favorite Book
The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy (Irish Author)

Favorite Movie
Dirty Dancing

Favorite Food
Classic English Roast Sunday Lunch

First Job
Learning Support Assistant

Favorite thing about working for 3DM
Being a Coach and living by the ocean!

 

To learn more about upcoming learning communities or to inquire as to whether there’s a learning community in a city near you, click here.

Does anyone we know think 3DM is a good idea?
Alan Hirsch | writer/speaker
Everything that I write and speak about…3DM teaches churches to actually do.Eddie Gibbs| missiologist, Senior Professor in the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary
For years he has sent to St. Thomas , the church that 3DM originated out of, people wanting to know what the future of the church will look like.
Is this a cookie-cutter model? Do all churches look the same? Are you just selling us the next “great” thing?
Very few of the churches we work with look the same as any other. One reason for this is that we work with so many churches of varying denominations that it’s impossible to think there could be a cookie-cutter approach.Instead, we believe each church should be unique to its own context. There isn’t one “model” out there. But we believe and have seen that we can help leaders in the journey toward thechurch community God is calling them to be in their mission context.
All of this sounds nice, but what if we’re unsure if we want to commit time/money/resources?
We recommend checking out one of our workshops, where you get a real immersion into what we do and plenty of time to talk with your team, ask questions and dream about the future. These workshops provide a low-cost way to connect with 3DM.We also provide free content through blogs and webinars through which you can investigate who 3DM is and what we do.
I have been to a workshop. What’s the next step?
The best way to join the 3DM movement is by joining a Learning Community. Learning Communities are available across the United States. You can find more details or sign up to get more information here.
What’s a Huddle?
Over the past 20-25 years, we have developed a Discipleship vehicle we call Huddle. A Huddle has a Huddle leader and 4-10 other people. While this sounds similar to a small group, it is quite a different experience.We believe every church needs to know:

  1. What is your plan for making disciples?
  2. Does your plan work?

We have found that Huddles answer these questions in ways that other discipleship vehicles like Small Groups, Sunday School or Accountability Groups may not.

What’s a Missional Community?
In the United States, the term “Missional Community” has come to mean many different things as it has sprung up in the past few years. We’ve been developing and using them for 20 years and define Missional Communities as groups of 30-50+ people who act as a spiritual family on mission together and reach into a particular mission context. To learn more, check out the Wikipedia entry here.
Is what you’re doing Biblical?
Yes! All of 3DM’s vehicles, such as Huddles and Missional Communities, find their foundation in an integrated theology of Covenant and Kingdom. We have more fully explained the connections in our book Covenant and Kingdom.
How are you able to work with so many different denominations without major theological conflict?
We are not a denominational body pushing a specific denominational agenda. We believe we are all part of ONE body and that all members of the body are needed to fulfill the last instructions Jesus gave to his disciples.Because we focus on the universals within the Christian body that we have in common (such as discipleship, leadership, community, mission, and the theology of Covenant and Kingdom), we are able to work with churches that have varying theological lenses.
What are your Terms & Conditions?
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