Dust & Clay is a non-linear, gospel-centered framework for community-immersed, Christian discipleship and spiritual formation. Jesus-disciples are matched in pairs or trios to journey together for a season through ten “Focus Areas” to launch and sustain a life of faith in Christ. Dust & Clay Groups utilize resources to grow in their love for God and neighbor at their own pace. Dust comes from the Jewish blessing “may you be covered in the dust of your rabbi” (from Mishnah, Avot 1.4). Following Jesus is the fundamental movement of discipleship. Clay comes from the biblical metaphor of God as a potter and God’s people as clay (cf. Jer. 18, Isa. 64, etc.). To be molded by God’s Spirit is both the goal and means of spiritual formation.

Focus Areas

Scripture

Scripture

The Scripture Focus Area is represented by a lamp, following the biblical metaphor of God’s word as light illuminating our lives (cf. Ps. 119, etc.). In this Focus Area, Dust & Clay Groups not only learn about the nature of Scripture and how to faithfully interpret the Bible, but also engage in reading Scripture devotionally and contemplatively.

Spirit

Spirit

The Spirit Focus Area is represented by a dove, following the biblical picture (cf. Mt. 3). In this Focus Area, Dust & Clay Groups will not only learn about the Person, work, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, but also engage in meditative and contemplative exercises.

Worship

Worship

The Worship Focus Area is represented by a chalice and loaf of bread because the Eucharist meal (also called “Communion” and “The Lord’s Supper”) is at the heart of Christian worship. In this Focus Area, Dust & Clay Groups will not only learn about many of the aspects of Christian worship (e.g. liturgy, giving, hymns and songs, teaching, study, etc.), but will also take part in experiencing them.

Community

Community

The Community Focus Area is represented by a body made up of many smaller parts, following the biblical metaphor (cf. I Cor. 12, etc.) , as well as the metaphor of a mosaic of broken pieces becoming a beautiful work of art. In this Focus Area, Dust & Clay Groups will not only learn about what Christian community is meant to be from Scripture, tradition, and experience, but also participate in many different aspects of community life in the local worshiping congregation.

Culture

Culture

The Culture Focus Area is represented by a wave. This is a two-fold symbol. It represents the beauty and power of culture. But it also represents culture’s ubiquitous presence. We “swim” in culture “like a fish in water”). In this Focus Area, Dust & Clay Groups will not only explore aspects of how culture is thought of in Scripture, tradition, and experience, but also explore aspects of their own culture as well as those of others in their local church community.

Rhythms

Rhythms

The Rhythms Focus Area is represented by a river. This symbolizes the way spiritual practices (i.e. “rhythms”) slowly but powerfully form our lives the way flowing water forms a riverbed. In this Focus Area, Dust & Clay Groups will not only explore traditional spiritual practices, but will also participate in them experientially.

Character

Character

The Character Focus Area is represented by grapes, following the biblical metaphor of “fruit” for the produce of the Spirit’s work of character development and spiritual formation. In this Focus Area, Dust & Clay Groups will not only learn about Kingdom ethics, but also explore their own social, emotional, intellectual personalities and identities.

Calling

Calling

The Calling Focus Area is represented by a flame, following the biblical metaphor of giftedness being “fanned into flame” (cf. II Tim. 1.6). In this Focus Area, Dust & Clay Groups will explore giftedness, God-given vision and desires, the needs of their local communities. Together, Dust & Clay Groups will discern how God might be drawing all of those together.

Mission

Mission

The Mission Focus Area is represented by a fish, following the biblical metaphor of Jesus-disciples being “fishers of people” (Mt. 4.19). It also doubles as a symbol representing the saying “give someone a fish, they eat for a day; teach someone to fish, they eat for a lifetime.” Mission is both proclamation and demonstration of the Gospel. In this Focus Area, Dust & Clay Groups will explore both evangelism and ministries of compassion and mercy.

Justice

Justice

The Justice Focus Area is represented by a plow, following the biblical metaphor of God’s Kingdom being characterized by weapons of war (e.g. swords) being transformed into instruments of fruitfulness (e.g. plowshares) (cf. Isa. 2.4, etc.). It also doubles as a symbol of the work of the Kingdom, to which the Jesus-disciple puts his or her hand (cf. Lk. 9.62). In this Focus Area, Dust & Clay Groups will explore the systemic nature of restorative justice as well as participate experientially in justice ministries.

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