Jesus People USA’s Project 12 Orientation — “The Gathering” — kicks off in two weeks. Unlike previous years, our P12ers will not travel to Cornerstone Farm and a rural setting. Instead, we are focused on Chicago’s many facets and our relationships to them.
We will explore the lake front along Lake Michigan, travel to the Indiana Dunes (with a possible camp-out planned), participate in worship, games, listening sessions where we share our stories with one another, eat good food, and participate in various class intensives. Some of those may include: “Life Together” (an exploration of intentional community through the lens of JPUSA’s history); “Sitting with Jesus” (an interactive encounter with Christ and one another); “Jesus’ Calling and Gifts” (Christ calls disciples and gifts them for their calling); “Jesus in Our Ordinary Days” (discovering significance in the smallest things); Personal Time (every disciple at some point needs solitude and silence). We will also share communion, enjoy miniature golf, and watch, then discuss, movies.
The Gathering is meant to help each Project 12 class bond with one another as well as more clearly discern the journey we are embarking on for the next 10 months. If you would like to be involved, there is still time. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or to apply.
What Is Project 12? Project 12 is a Discipleship Intensive meant to equip young people with a triune experience involving head, heart, and hands.
The “head” involves two or more classes five days a week, from straightforward Bible study to applied faith via “21st Century Christian,” a class focused on current events and Christian responses. (P12 teaching staff consists of veteran JPUSA members and pastors, including Glenn Kaiser, Neil Taylor, Wendi Kaiser, Curt Mortimer and more.)
The “heart” involves, in part, living among the other members of Jesus People USA’s intentional community. Through this experience young people discover both support from others as well as service toward others, both themes we all (imperfectly) live out at Jesus People USA (JPUSA).
The “hands” involve working in various capacities within the JPUSA community, from serving at our homeless shelters to helping others at our Lakefront Roofing Supply outlets (the latter is a tent-maker ministry allowing many of JPUSA’s other outreaches).
But all of these overlap, and that is one of the core lessons to being a disciple. We are not divisible, either as individuals or as a community. In a very real spiritual sense, everything in our lives is truly connected via Jesus Christ.
So if this sounds like something you’d like to be involved in, again… email us at email@example.com.