The primary purpose and goal of Southeast Tennessee Tres Dias is that of assisting Christians to a closer walk with God. One of the avenues used to accomplish this goal is a three day weekend and is an opportunity for Christian candidates to encounter Jesus Christ, experience other Christians serving them in love, and receive new inspiration for living our life in Christ. Tres Dias seeks the participation of all Christian denominations.
- The main teaching of Tres Dias is God's unconditional love for us through His grace.
- The objective of Tres Dias is to strengthen His Church by a closer personal walk with Jesus.
- The purpose of Tres Dias is to inspire apostolic action in our environment and Christian leaders in the church.
Tres Dias is an interdenominational group of Christians. The Spanish Tres Dias means "Three Days" which is the length of the "weekend" that is commonly held from Thursday through Sunday. It developed from Cursillo de Christiandad or "short course in Christianity" that started in Spain during the 1940s. Tres Dias started in the US in 1972 and is overseen by Tres Dias International. Tres Dias International is made up of laymen and clergy from around the world.
After a candidate attends a weekend, he or she becomes a Pescador (fisherman). Pescadores are encouraged to meet in small support groups to continue developing their Christian life and church leadership. There are over 50 Tres Dias communities (local chapters) in the world and tens of thousands of people have attended a weekend. Weekends are sponsored and coordinated by local chapters that have been chartered by Tres Dias International.
Tres Dias of Southeast Tennessee’s (TDSETN) local area is the 100 mile area surrounding Chattanooga, Tennessee. Usually candidates attend a Tres Dias weekend in the area where they live so they can be in a small group with people they know. If you live in different area, you should look for a community near you. (see Tres Dias International and click on "Locations").
If there is not a community in your area and you are interested in starting a community where you live, please let us know by completing a contact us form.
A Christian who is at least 21 years old and has not attended Tres Dias (or a similar three day weekend) can apply to become a candidate if they are sponsored by someone who has attended. Attendance is prioritized by the time stamp on an application and the waiting period can be from several months to a year or more. Men and women attend different weekends; the husband must attend first if the candidate is married. If you are between 15 and 20 years old, you are eligible to attend youth weekend called Vida Neuva.
We believe and profess:
Our faith in one Triune God - The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit ( Matt. 28:19 ).
That Jesus Christ is the only Savior and is God in the flesh ( John 1:1, 1:14, 3:36, 14:7-12 , Heb. 2:17 ).
That the Holy Spirit is God and is the Lord and Giver of life, who continues to work in believers today to sanctify, edify and empower the whole Christian church on earth...for His purpose ( Job 33:4, Acts 1:8, John 14:26, Rom. 8:11 ).
That the Holy Scriptures are the inspired and completely true Word of God ( II Tim. 3:16-17 ).
That all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God; that forgiveness of sins is received through confession and repentance - - and that our sins are washed away through the blood of Jesus Christ ( Acts 2:38, I John 1:9, Rom. 3:23 ).
That salvation is a gift of God's grace received through personal faith in Jesus Christ ( Eph. 2:8 ).
That the Body of Christ is to make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God ( Eph. 4:3, 13 ).
That God's unconditional love, as made manifest to us through Jesus Christ, is the primary witness by which people are renewed, edified and changed ( I Cor. 13:8 ).
That God has called us to live holy lives that will bring glory to His name ( Col. 3:1-25 ).
Note: For purposes of standards and principles, Tres Dias ascribes to those stated in the "Authorized King James Version" of the Bible of 1611 (KJV).
More information about Tres Dias can be viewed at http://www.tresdias.org/
The vision for a TDSETN started after several people from the southeast Tennessee area attended Tres Dias weekends in the North Georgia and Georgia Mountain communities. They desired to have a community in the area of Chattanooga, TN. The North Georgia and Georgia Mountain communities soon gave birth to TDSETN. The first TDSETN weekend was held at the Camp of Colors in Dahlonega, GA, in August of 1996. TDSETN held two weekends a year until 2000, when we expanded to three weekends a year.
In the summer of 2002 TDSETN signed a lease for a property in Apison, TN, and renovation was started. The facility was given the name Apison Retreat Center (ARC). This renovation completed in the spring of 2006 and we held our first weekend at the new facility in June 1-4, 2006!
The Lord truly blessed us with this facility close to home. It constantly amazes us to reflect on the blessings God has poured out on our community. GOD provided what was needed just when it was needed, praise be his name.
In addition to our own community, TDSETN has supported and began a community in Saint Louis, MO, (TDSTL) which conducted their first weekends in the spring of 2002.
Tres Dias Members can obtain a copy of the Constitution and By-laws of Tres Dias of Southeast Tennessee by contacting us and requesting a copy to be e-mailed to you.
Tres Dias Members can obtain a copy of the Policy and Practice Manual of Tres Dias of Southeast Tennessee by contacting us and requesting a copy to be e-mailed to you.