You are planning to attend an Immersion I – and are wondering what to expect. First of all, we want you to know how excited we are that you are planning to go through the Immersion process. We believe it has the potential of being a life-changing experience in your life. One of the things you should know is that the process begins before you even get here.
You can expect that we will pray for you.
Our entire team of Facilitators, Co-Facilitators, Observers, and Coordinators
are praying for your church, your team and for you personally.
We begin from the moment you register,
and continue throughout the Immersion process.
We are praying that God will use us in your lives.
We are praying that God will prepare you for the process.
We are asking God to reveal himself to all of us.
And most of all, that He will be glorified in all we do.
You can expect to spend some time in a large group setting.
We have a few large group sessions spread throughout
the two day training. You may notice that the people leading these
sessions are not always polished. They may be wearing jeans and
a t-shirt. They may not refer to the original greek word in
a text to explain it’s meaning. We use volunteers and staff members
to lead these sessions, and they speak more out of a hands on
experience with discipleship than they do Bible degrees.
You can expect to spend most of your time in a small group.
Small groups are relational and require participation.
And those are two important components of discipleship.
The more you are willing to share and be transparent in these small groups,
the more you will gain from this experience.
You can expect to be challenged.
We believe God’s word teaches us not to run or shrink back from tough issues.
There may be things you hear or see that you are not sure you agree with.
Ask us those questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for further information or
clarification. Don’t be afraid to disagree with us about something!
But at the same time, be open to what God may be wanting
you to look at or examine in your own life or relationships.
You can expect opportunities to engage with God’s people here at Real Life Ministries.
On each day of the Immersion 1, we provide a fabulous lunch prepared and
served by volunteers. There are different RLM staff members and ministry
heads hosting each table. You can choose to sit at a table representing a
ministry you are interested in. You will get information about how discipleship
is working real time in their ministry.
On Thursday night we have a list of home groups in the area that you can go
visit to see first-hand how our home groups work.
On Friday after lunch there will be a Q & A time with Jim Putman, and you can feel
free to ask questions during that too.
And lastly, on Friday night you are more than welcome
to come to one of our two church services to see how discipleship comes
into play when the church body all comes together.
We are eagerly looking forward to you taking part in this training,
and getting to know you as we work together to understand and implement
Gods will for his Church and Kingdom.