Archive for March, 2013

EXILED: By God’s Grace, For God’s Glory

Posted in Thank You, Waypoint Events on March 14, 2013 by Waypoint Church Partners

DaveHileman Dave Hileman, the Executive Director of the VEF, was asked by Johnson University (formally Johnson Bible College) to be the President of their 2013 Homecoming celebration, bringing Johnson students and alumni together for a week of worship, workshops, and teaching. Dave rose up to the challenge and created an engaging three-day program based around Jeremiah 29, where God speaks to His people in exile:

“Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

BarrasChris Barras, pastor of Area 10 Faith Community in Richmond, VA, was the main speaker and spoke at three of the six main sessions, from February 26th-28th. He introduced and continued the theme of growing where God has planted you, even if you are unhappy with your current situations.

craig The worship band was led by Craig Davenport (keyboard/vocals), a member of Lifepointe Christian Church in Williamsburg, VA. The rest of the band was comprised of members from several different congregations. Devin Powell (guitarist), Dahlene _, (backup vocal), Karl _ (drums), and Hector _ (bass) from Lifepointe Christian. Landon Elliott (electric guitar) from Olivet Christian Church in Newport News. Jordan Clark (lead guitar) from Greenville, NC. Jo Beth Broyles (keyboard) and Rachel Price (vocals) from Area 10 Faith Community in Richmond, VA.

BreakfastSeminarA breakfast seminar was held on Wednesday morning entitled “Paths to Church Planting” and included a panel of Rachel Price (Director of Media for the VEF), Josh Parrish (lead minister) and Daniel Barinowski (worship leader) from Crossings in Roanoke, VA, and Eric Hash (lead minister at Venture in Danville, VA). Each of these speakers are graduates of Johnson University from the past ten years and have each become engaged in church planting. They each spoke on their history and answered the questions of what led them into church planting.

GreggEubanksSeveral workshops were also held throughout Wednesday afternoon, allowing those in attendance to learn about more specific examples of the week’s theme carried out in specific situations. Seminars were led by Johnson graduates, church planters, and ministers from across the US. Speakers included (but were not limited to): Gregg Jennings, lead minister at Common Ground Christian Church in Fredericksburg, VA; Rachel Price, Director of Media Communications for the VEF; Neil Wheeler, minister of Chester Christian Church in Chester, VA; Lucas Rouggly, church planter from St. Louis, MO; Jill Lagerburg of Knoxville Christian Arts Ministries (KnoxCAM); and several more.

RachelRachel Price, our very own Director of Media Communications, along with leading a workshop, participating in the breakfast seminar, and helping lead worship, was also in charge of stage design for the week.

ToddBrownTodd Brown, from Blue Ridge Church of Christ in Fishersville, VA, also brought forth a powerful message at the Thursday morning main session.

Needless to say, Johnson’s Homecoming 2013 would not have been possible without all of the help and connections from Dave’s involvement with the wonderful people and churches all connected through the Virginia Evangelizing Fellowship. We are so grateful to everyone who worked hard to make this event a wonderful success.

Also, we want to make sure that we thank many of the others who helped make this event possible: Jeff Tolbert and the entire media department; Kevin O’Brian for his endless organizational help; Patty Forthman for coordinating the flags presentation; Brent Weaver and the entire tour choir for joining us for our Wednesday night worship; Tammy Lanham for taking such incredible pictures of the event and sharing them with us all; Tyson Chastain for recording the workshops and making them available for those who could not attend; and everyone on campus from Johnson University who worked behind the scenes to make this happen.

To watch any of the main sessions, just visit the Johnson Homecoming Livestream page.

Harry’s Book Shelf: Deep and Wide

Posted in Book Review on March 13, 2013 by Waypoint Church Partners

deep-wide-andy-stanleyDeep & Wide by Andy Stanley is the story of the creating of the North Point church and the development of the strategies that form the philosophy of the North Point Ministries.  Andy Stanley, admittedly in a unique position, points out many truths to reaching the unchurched that have been overlooked by many churches today.

Whether you agree with his methods and strategies or not, two things are evident: you must try his methods in your context or you must develop your own strategy and philosophy.  Completing that, you must then either become the leader within your fellowship or find someone with leadership ability and follow them to the building of a church where the unchurched and the unsaved find the Lord Jesus.

I would give this book a 5 HAZELNUT LATTES  rating and suggest that every leader in a congregation read this book.

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Director of Church Resources.
Harry is an avid reader and has been helping churches grow for the past 50+ years.