July 15-17, 2016
at Camp Tadmor
Women's Camp is an event designed to bring women together from our community of churches for a time of a REST:
Refreshed from normal routines and responsibilities
Encouraged to look beyond ourselves, to build disciples in your current mission field
Stimulated to see God's perspective in our lives
Transformed and redirected toward God
As You Go
Where Mission Meets Life
For most people, Jesus' Great Commission conjures up images of brave souls who uproot their lives and move to other countries to share the Good News of the Gospel. This is important work and many are being called by God to serve in distant places. However, the words of Matthew 28:18 are meant for every follower of Jesus. His intent was not to inspire every believer to become a missionary in the widely-held meaning of the term. Jesus' desire was that we ALL raise up disciples from among the people around us, in our already existing communities. The first part of the command is to GO, and this we should already be doing.
The key to living a life of mission is not just that we go elsewhere. It is that as we go, as we live into the sac red mundane of our daily lives, we pour into people. We show everyone around us the love and salvation of Christ. Creating disciples does not come with a formula. Making disciples of Jesus comes when we invite others over for dinner, when we watch our neighbor's kids, when we take interest in the lives of those living among us. As we go, our lives should reflect the sanctifying work of Jesus Christ in us. So, wherever God plants you, be it in Portland, or Chicago, or Nepal, grow. Dig your roots in and let the seeds of hope and salvation scatter. Nurture relationships and join Jesus in reaping the harvest.
The final part of this command is a promise. Wherever we are, wherever we go, we will not be alone. Jesus will be with us in the drudgery of our daily lives. He will be in the midst of each relationship we nurture, however messy and imperfect it may seem. At Women's Camp, we will learn afresh what exactly Jesus meant when He said, "As you go, make disciples." And we can rejoice together in the confidence of Christ going with us, going before us, and being in our midst.
"Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: 'God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out to train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, making them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded of you. I'll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age." - Matthew 28:18-20 (The Message)
Speaker: Kari Patterson
Above all, Kari Patterson is a beloved daughter of God, and her life-aim is to please her Father. She is married to Pastor Jeff and together they raise two quirky kiddos and lead a Christ-centered community of believers called Renew Church .She holds a Master's Degree in Pastoral Studies from Multnomah Biblical Seminary, and writes at www.karipatterson.com. Her passion in life is introducing women to the Sacred Mundane, the holy-ordinary adventure of discovering God's presence and power in the details of life. Her daily faith-fight is to reject apathy, overwhelm, and the ever-present pull of the world and to purely pursue the glory of God and the good of His people. She'd be thrilled if you'd join along, and discover together how mission meets life...AS YOU GO.
- Church Next Administrative Assistant Shirley Radford at firstname.lastname@example.org