Archive for March, 2011

Advisory Council

Posted in Waypoint Events on March 23, 2011 by Waypoint Church Partners

author: Harry Gill, VEF Director of Church Relations

Can you imagine, an old man from West Virginia blogging? Well, I am so excited about the first meeting of the VEF Advisory Council that I have broke out in blogging.

Here is what happened! On Saturday, March 12, 2011, interested people from around the Commonwealth met at the United Christian Church just off Parham Road in Richmond. These were highly motivated people who want to see the Kingdom work of our Lord pursued. There was excitement in the air from the very beginning.

As they registered for the event, the participants enjoyed a time of refreshment and fellowship. It was good to see these Christian brothers and sisters renewing old acquaintances and getting to know new people.

There was a time of introducing the staff of VEF to the folks and sharing in the work of the ministry. As always, a careful accounting of the funds entrusted to the VEF was given. (It is so important that our churches see that the Lordʼs money is being used to promote Kingdom Growth.) Time was used to bring the Advisory Council up to date on the various areas in which the staff works. Particularly interesting was the planting of new churches and the work of Rachel Price, who is designing media to make our churches presentations more attractive.

The next item on the agenda was a fast-paced game of Jeopardy. Brian Orahood was declared the winner having answered the most questions about the VEF.

After a delicious lunch, we dealt with one of the core purposes of the meeting. We divided into groups and talked about ways to make the VEF more valuable to our churches. Some really good suggestions were given and some vital needs of our churches were uncovered. You will be hearing more about them in days to come.

It was a great day with a great response and it will make a difference in the Kingdom in days, weeks and years to come.

Good Conversation.

Good Feedback.

Calling all local preachers!

Posted in Waypoint Events on March 18, 2011 by Waypoint Church Partners

This is the last call for the Art of Presenting a Sermon with Dave Stone on Monday, March 21 starting at 9:30 and meeting at Journey Christian Church in Midlothian, VA. Here is Journey’s web site if you need directions:

Why Attend?

First, preaching is still the paramount means to reach people with the message of Jesus, to assist people on their journey of faith and to motivate followers to take rise up to God sized challenges in their lives and in their communities. We need to constantly be improving, studying and growing in the art of preaching.

Second, Dave Stone will bless your day. He will encourage and motivate you and you will be glad you attended.

Third, Johnson Bible College will be there to talk about formal educational opportunities that you can complete from home and that will help you continue on the path to better preaching.

Fourth, you get to meet, spend part of the day & enjoy a delicious lunch with some of the best folks in Virginia.

Finally, you will see Journey’s newly finished wing of their building and catch some of the excitement on the campus of one of the fastest growing churches in the country.

Register at today!

“With Agenda” by Matt Hafer

Posted in Outside Article Reference on March 15, 2011 by Waypoint Church Partners

Tim Cole, VEF Director of Church Planting, recommends Matt Hafer’s blog if you’re looking for insight into a minister’s heart. His recent post, “With Agenda”, chronicles his struggles taking himself out of the equation, and comes to a very powerful conclusion:

I have a confession to make. It may surprise you or it may make me just say “yeah, that’s about right”. The confession is:

Pastors are usually not great disciples of Jesus.

I know, I know, you think I am about to do what my generation does best. You think I am going to rant and complain about how the “Western church” is all out of whack and too caught up on religion and not enough about people and Jesus.

Well, that’s not exactly what I mean.

What I mean is, we aren’t get disciples because we go into things with too much of an agenda. I haven’t considered this much over the years, but since we got into what is called the “Pre-Launch” phase of this plant, I realized it is true for me. The thing is, I realized that for years, ever since I have become a pastor or even a teacher of scripture I have used my Bible study time to help me be a better teacher and not to become closer to my God who created and died for me.”

Read the rest of this entry by clicking here.

Read more of Matt Hafer’s personal insights by visiting his blog, here.