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Thank You

Dear Family and Friends:

Our Giving Campaign ended last night at midnight. We are happy to report that because of you we made it to 108% of our goal! To say the least, we are blown away by the generosity you have shown to us. Your partnership will allow us to expand our teaching team and diversify the voices speaking into the lives of The Jesus Cohort

We are so thankful for you and your donation. We believe your investment in The Jesus Cohort is an investment in the future of the church, as we promote all things Jesus and prepare the next generation of church leaders to learn, live, and lead others into the Jesus Way.

We send our love to you. 

For the Future of the Church,

Doug and Frankie

THE JESUS COHORT GIVING CAMPAIGN

Hello Family & Friends:

Our family recently (8/8/20) celebrated the 3-year anniversary of our move to Saint Joseph, MO. We are blown away by all we have seen the Lord do in our lives in such a short period of time.
One of the greatest of these is the birth of THE JESUS COHORT. For this past year, we have walked with about 20 men and women from all over the U.S. — and Canada — as we seek to be shaped by Jesus and the Jesus Way. This has been one of the most beautiful, life-giving experiences we have had in our 25 years of pastoral ministry. This month will be the completion of our first year together, and we are excited to say that the group will continue on into Year 2. They have become like an extended family to us.
In addition to this, we are gearing-up for a new group of Year 1 JESUS COHORT participants. Please visit our JESUS COHORT website to get a glimpse of what this year together will be like for those who will be joining us.
Over the next month, M3 Ministries will be hosting THE JESUS COHORT Giving Campaign. Our number one goal is to raise $5000 to expand our teaching team so that we can increase the diversity of the voices speaking into the lives of the group. Our campaign will begin on August 12th and run through September 8th. 
Would you consider making a donation to help us reach this goal? You can do so by clicking HERE. Or if you prefer to send a check, our mailing address is 3208 Arbor Lake Drive, Saint Joseph, MO 64506.
We send our love to you!!
For the Future of the Church,
Doug and Frankie Main
M3

M3 Partner Newsletter: Forward & Fruitful

Hello Family & Friends:

What a year 2019 has been!

At the beginning of 2018, the Lord deeply impressed upon our hearts the word “Forward” – that we needed to move forward as a family in faith to the new work the Lord has given us in M3 Ministries.

At the beginning of this year, 2019, the Lord began to form within us the idea of “Fruitfulness” – to bear fruit – that the moving forward in 2018 was all about doing the things we needed to do to really blossom and grow in 2019.

And fruitfulness is exactly what we experienced throughout this year…

THE WATER TO WINE NETWORK

The Miracle of Cana of Galilee by Alexandra Desnitskaya

The heart behind our initial ministry – the Water to Wine Network – was to connect people who share a common journey to a caring community. We continue to watch in amazement as this network expands and grows.

The place where most people initially connect to the network is through The Water to Wine Facebook Group. This group currently is made-up of 1326 members with 45 countries represented. It is designed to be a safe space for people searching for a more Christlike Christianity to experience the love of Christ from the body of Christ.

It is through this group that we make more personal connections with people from all over the country and all over the world. We simply make ourselves available as a resource and a relationship for those who need someone to walk and talk with them through whatever they may be going through. In many ways there is no limit to how far-reaching this network could go, as our conversations range from personal and pastoral issues to long-term church partnership and planting opportunities.

In June we participated once again in the second annual Water to Wine Gathering at Word of Life Church here in St. Joseph, MO. It is surreal to think that the vision the Lord gave us for bringing people together who are on a similar journey and helping them connect to a caring community has now come to fruition for the second year in a row!

At this gathering of around 250 men and women we were able to meet new people, reconnect with relationships formed over this past year, discuss new possibilities and partnerships, promote M3, and find great encouragement and renewal through our time together.

And it is through this Network that came one of the greatest fruits of 2019…

THE JESUS COHORT

In September we launched our most expansive project to date: The Jesus Cohort – a one-year journey into the story and significance of Jesus in the 21st century.

Even though we had been working on and eagerly anticipating the beginning of the Cohort for well over a year, the group of people the Lord brought together has gone far beyond anything we could have imagined!

We were praying for 12-15 participants for our pilot year. We were blessed with 20 amazing men and women from all over the country – from the west coast in California to the nation’s capital in Washington D. C. – from the Deep South through the Midwest to the North – and a contingent from Canada.

Our yearlong journey together began September 6-7 with a face-to-face gathering around Brian Zahnd’s Prayer School at Word of Life Church here in St. Joseph. This is one of those experiences that will stay with us forever. We were in awe of the level of intimacy, transparency, and vulnerability a group of people meeting for the first time were immediately willing to show each other. This time together built the relational bonds that set the stage for our weekly online gatherings.

Each week we meet for our online conferences. During these two hour sessions we center our discussions around how Christ and His kingdom form us into faithful followers of Jesus in the whole of our lives – in our character and conduct, in our communities and culture.

These online times become the basis for personal conversations throughout the week about specific issues, family matters, pastoral leadership, and future church partnerships and planting (two of the members of the Cohort are in the initial stages of starting new churches). To say the least, these meetings are one of the highlights of our week.

PARTNERING FOR PROGRESS

So many good things have been happening through M3. We are experiencing fruitfulness from the Lord. And we anticipate even more as we head into 2020.

The progress that we have made over this past year has been made possible through your partnership with us. We cannot tell you enough how thankful we are for you and for your willingness to join us as we…

(1) prepare the next generation of church leaders to learn, live, and lead others in the Jesus Way – through THE JESUS COHORT,

(2) provide a caring community for people who share a common journey – through THE WATER TO WINE NETWORK, and

(3) promote an ongoing conversation about the health and vitality of the church – through the (upcoming) “FOR THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH” PODCAST.


May the Lord continue to richly reward you with the fullness of the light and life and love of Jesus our Lord!

Sending Our Love – For the Future of the Church,
Doug, Frankie, & the Main Family

M3 Newsletter: Forward & Fruitful

Hello Family & Friends:

What a year 2019 has been!

At the beginning of 2018, the Lord deeply impressed upon our hearts the word “Forward” – that we needed to move forward as a family in faith to the new work the Lord has given us in M3 Ministries.

At the beginning of this year, 2019, the Lord began to form within us the idea of “Fruitfulness” – to bear fruit – that the moving forward in 2018 was all about doing the things we needed to do to really blossom and grow in 2019.

And fruitfulness is exactly what we experienced throughout this year…

THE WATER TO WINE NETWORK

The Miracle of Cana of Galilee by Alexandra Desnitskaya

The heart behind our initial ministry – the Water to Wine Network – was to connect people who share a common journey to a caring community. We continue to watch in amazement as this network expands and grows.

The place where most people initially connect to the network is through The Water to Wine Facebook Group. This group currently is made-up of 1326 members with 45 countries represented. It is designed to be a safe space for people searching for a more Christlike Christianity to experience the love of Christ from the body of Christ.

It is through this group that we make more personal connections with people from all over the country and all over the world. We simply make ourselves available as a resource and a relationship for those who need someone to walk and talk with them through whatever they may be going through. In many ways there is no limit to how far-reaching this network could go, as our conversations range from personal and pastoral issues to long-term church partnership and planting opportunities.

In June we participated once again in the second annual Water to Wine Gathering at Word of Life Church here in St. Joseph, MO. It is surreal to think that the vision the Lord gave us for bringing people together who are on a similar journey and helping them connect to a caring community has now come to fruition for the second year in a row!

At this gathering of around 250 men and women we were able to meet new people, reconnect with relationships formed over this past year, discuss new possibilities and partnerships, promote M3, and find great encouragement and renewal through our time together.

And it is through this Network that came one of the greatest fruits of 2019…

THE JESUS COHORT

In September we launched our most expansive project to date: The Jesus Cohort – a one-year journey into the story and significance of Jesus in the 21st century.

Even though we had been working on and eagerly anticipating the beginning of the Cohort for well over a year, the group of people the Lord brought together has gone far beyond anything we could have imagined!

We were praying for 12-15 participants for our pilot year. We were blessed with 20 amazing men and women from all over the country – from the west coast in California to the nation’s capital in Washington D. C. – from the Deep South through the Midwest to the North – and a contingent from Canada.

Our yearlong journey together began September 6-7 with a face-to-face gathering around Brian Zahnd’s Prayer School at Word of Life Church here in St. Joseph. This is one of those experiences that will stay with us forever. We were in awe of the level of intimacy, transparency, and vulnerability a group of people meeting for the first time were immediately willing to show each other. This time together built the relational bonds that set the stage for our weekly online gatherings.

Each week we meet for our online conferences. During these two hour sessions we center our discussions around how Christ and His kingdom form us into faithful followers of Jesus in the whole of our lives – in our character and conduct, in our communities and culture.

These online times become the basis for personal conversations throughout the week about specific issues, family matters, pastoral leadership, and future church partnerships and planting (two of the members of the Cohort are in the initial stages of starting new churches). To say the least, these meetings are one of the highlights of our week.

PARTNER WITH US

So many good things have been happening through M3. We are experiencing fruitfulness from the Lord. And we anticipate even more as we head into 2020.

Much like a missionary, our ministry depends on the support of faithful partners. As we get closer to our initial goal of becoming fully funded, would you consider joining our team – either through a one time donation – or by becoming a monthly partner with us?

For as little as $25/month (less than $1/day), you will be helping us…

(1) prepare the next generation of church leaders to learn, live, and lead others in the Jesus Way – through THE JESUS COHORT,

(2) provide a caring community for people who share a common journey – through THE WATER TO WINE NETWORK, and

(3) promote an ongoing conversation about the health and vitality of the church – through the (upcoming) “FOR THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH” PODCAST.

Your tax deductible donation will allow us to do our part in helping the next generation of churches be more like Jesus. 

By becoming a monthly partner with us at M3, you will be joining a growing movement of people who are passionate and purposeful about bringing real change for the future of the church.


Btw…we never want someone to feel pressured by us in any way. We believe in partnerships – partnerships that are formed and flow from real relationships. You are receiving this from us because we value the relationship with have with you. May the Lord continue to richly reward you with the fullness of the light and life and love of Jesus our Lord!

For the Future of the Church,
Doug, Frankie, & the Main Family

M3 Partner Newsletter Summer 2019

Hello Friends & Family –


Greetings from the Main family!

Big things are happening with M3 Ministries this summer, and we are excited to share them with you.

Since starting our nonprofit over a year ago, our passion for the future of the church continues to drive our 3 ministries (if you are new to M3, please take a moment to check out our School, our Podcast, and our Network). Here’s a little glimpse of what we are up to…

WATER TO WINE GATHERING 2019

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We recently participated in the 2nd annual Water to Wine Gathering – and it was a huge success!

It is surreal to think that the vision the Lord gave us for bringing together people who are on a similar journey and helping them connect to a caring community has now come to fruition – for the second year in a row.

There are so many things we could share about the significance of WTW 2019 for M3 Ministries. A few of the highlights are…

MINISTRY PROMOTION: We were able to connect M3 to almost 250 people before the conference and received positive feedback, people looking to form partnerships, etc.

FAMILY PARTICIPATION: Planning the event as a family was undoubtedly a huge highlight. Memories include crafting our promo water bottles, setting up the table, boys putting together the equipment for our slide presentation, and our whole family just being present.

RELATIONSHIPS OLD & NEW: The impact of relationships formed last year were evident at this year’s conference. To get a chance to be face-to-face with several of the people we have been able to connect with and care for over this past year was a major encouragement to us. We were also able to meet many new people, which opens the door for new possibilities and partnerships.

SOF ANNOUNCEMENT & PROMOTION: For the first time we publicly announced our School of Formation and the 1-year “Jesus Cohort” set to start in September. We gave a presentation to interested students and are following-up with others who have expressed interest. We also have an increasing pool of professors and cohort directors from our conference speakers. This is an exciting step as our school continues to expand.

PERSONAL RENEWAL: This year’s WTW brought an unexpected surprise that became deeply refreshing for us. It gave us the chance to reflect on how it was just a year ago that we launched M3. We remembered that at last year’s Gathering we were just starting M3, fresh with ideas and anticipations, uncertain how it was all going to flesh itself out. To be able to experience firsthand how much we have become valued by this community was truly an affirmation to God’s work and leading.

ETERNITY BIBLE COLLEGE

We are anticipating hosting a team from Eternity Bible College, who will be working with Doug to re-film his entire Bible Study Methods course. This class is one that Doug built from scratch and has taught for 15 years, sometimes up to 5-6 times a year. This is a major project, but Doug is enjoying the process of preparing – and we are looking forward to hosting our friends from EBC.

SCHOOL OF FORMATION & “THE JESUS COHORT”

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Fall 2019 holds our biggest project yet! This is when we plan to launch the pilot year of our School of Formation. Starting with the September 6-7 Prayer School at Word of Life Church, Doug and fellow professor and friend Derek Vreeland will begin “The Jesus Cohort” in which they will guide groups of 12-15 participants in a yearlong journey through the story and significance of Jesus in the 21st century. We invite you to follow our progress as the SOF develops. And of course we would welcome any of you who may be interested to sign up and be a part of this journey.

As you can see, this is a full summer for us – and this doesn’t even include any discussion about the “For the Future of the Church” Podcast (which will be launching soon) and our ongoing care for our Network (which is now over 1000 people)!

A BIG THANK YOU

We want to thank you again for your partnership with us and M3. We would not be where we are today without you. Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, words of wisdom, and financial support. As we seek to impact the lives of others, we are grateful for the impact you have had on ours!

Sending Our Love – For the Future of the Church,

Doug, Frankie, & the Main Family