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 a different area, you may want to look for a community near you. (visit www.tresdias.org)
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; husbands are encouraged to attend first if the candidate is married.
What happens on a Tres Dias weekend?
The Spanish words “Tres Dias” mean “Three Days.” Tres Dias begins on a Thursday evening and ends the following Sunday evening.
The Tres Dias team leading the weekend is composed of former attendees of a Tres Dias or similar weekend like Cursillo or Walk to Emmaus, who have volunteered their time for months of preparation by working and praying together as a unit.
There is presented in three days the basics of the Christian life and the meaning of living the Christian ideal and its application in our daily lives. Tres Dias is centered around lay and clergy talks. Table groups discuss each talk. Discourse that develops from these discussions makes Christ’s teachings come alive.
The basic atmosphere of Tres Dias is one of love, joy, Christian fellowship, singing, laughing, and worship. Tres Dias makes future Christian experiences more fruitful because it fosters a new revelation to the reality of Jesus Christ in our lives.
A Tres Dias encounter is completed only once in a lifetime. Therefore, it is not a substitute for a retreat; nor does it have the personal solitude of a retreat.
Who should attend a Tres Dias weekend?
Just as Christ meets you at your point of need, so Tres Dias is designed for those who desire to be strengthened in their faith and to be brought closer to Christ in their discipleship. Tres Dias is for Christians of all denominations. The weekend is not necessarily for new believers, but for those who understand God’s grace. It is especially gratifying for those who are in leadership within the church.
There are weekends for men and women. If you are married, the husband (based on biblical principals) should attend first. Wives usually attend a week or two later. Someone who has previously attended a Tres Dias or similar weekend must sponsor each attendee.
What is the Fourth Day?
One’s life after a Tres Dias weekend is called the Fourth Day. Following Tres Dias, an individual may desire to continue in the strengthening of his or her spiritual life and become a more active disciple of Jesus Christ. Pursuing a relationship with Christ is important. Continued contact with the Tres Dias Community members on a regular basis will enhance this growth. Reunions of small accountability groups (2 to 6 people) are also encouraged so that the participants may help one another in living a fruitful Christian life. However, Tres Dias is not a church; rather, Tres Dias encourages that we all become more active in our local churches on the Fourth Day.
How may I attend a Tres Dias weekend?
How may I volunteer for a Tres Dias weekend?
All potential Tres Dias volunteers must be approved by the upcoming Weekend Rector. Please click to receive more information.