What is DEC?
What is DEC?
Deaf Encountering Christ (DEC) is like a crossroads, a place where you can make new decisions about your life. We are an non-denominational outreach ministry to allow Deaf and hard of hearing people to experience:
- the value of "letting go" through Christ's death;
- an experience of God's Love through Christ's resurrection; and
- a sense of purpose through Christ's commission.
DEC is a three-day retreat for Deaf/hard of hearing people who communicate mainly through American Sign Language (ASL). DEC borrows largely from TEC (Together Encountering Christ) that has been in existence for over 35 years throughout the nation and Canada. It is believed that over 1 million people have experienced TEC. Although each DEC is unique, the theme of the weekend is a journey: Christ has died, Christ is risen, and Christ is coming again.
DEC is about getting in touch with God in a peaceful environment with no expectations or distractions. DEC is Deaf and hard of hearing people encountering Christ in a way that many have never experienced before. Not only is DEC about faith, it is also about having fun and getting to know people from Minnesota and surrounding states. Come and experience DEC for yourself! The staff that leads you through the weekend is fluent in ASL.
What happens during DEC?
Reflection on the death of Jesus Christ.
Participants reflect on many different aspects of their lives, focusing on better relationships with God, self, and others.
Celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Participants celebrate the presence of God's love in their lives.
Exploration of the call to share God's Good News.
Participants recognize and prepare to carry forth the message of Jesus Christ.