Archive for June, 2013

Getting Punched in the Face

Posted in Church Planting, Prayer Request on June 27, 2013 by Waypoint Church Partners

Resiliency by Geoff Surratt
“Everyone has a plan until they are punched in the face”  Mike Tyson

The one common factor in every church plant is getting punched in the face. It may be a best friend who decides to move back home, a key family who transfers to the local mega church so their kids can attend a better youth program, or discovering the worship leader is sleeping with a band member to whom they are not married. For me it was the three biggest tithing families representing over 25% of the annual budget quitting the church in a two-week period.

I’ve yet to meet a church planter who hasn’t experienced a gut-wrenching, circumstantial punch to the face, often repeatedly. Some leaders  get up from the canvas and stay in the match; many leaders count the cost and decide that it is just too difficult to continue to fight.Getting punched in the face again and again and again isn’t necessarily the right decision. Many times the pain is so great, the cost so enormous that the only reasonable choice is to throw in the towel. This doesn’t mean the leader is weak or wrong, it simply means the match is over and the church closes. The church plants that survive and thrive are led by leaders who are able take the punches and get up from the canvas again and again. In many cases the only reason a church plant is still alive is because the leader doesn’t have the sense to quit.

Thanks to Geoff Surratt for this church-planting dose of reality. Let’s all take a moment and pray for the church planters across Virginia and beyond who may feel like they just got punched in the face by bad news. May God give them the courage and fortitude to react with wisdom, and to continue to lead their people into hope.

We are so thankful for each of our church planters who go through difficult times and who do not give up!

New Venture’s New Adventure!

Posted in Across the Commonwealth, Church Planting, Prayer Request on June 20, 2013 by Waypoint Church Partners


ridingmowerThis past Saturday, volunteers gathered at New Venture Christian Church’s newly purchased land to help spruce up the property as they installed a new sign, announcing New Venture’s arrival to the area. Fifteen volunteers donated a good portion of their Saturday to making sure that the land was well taken care of, from picking up sticks to mowing the lawn. The area now looks much more welcoming, and they hope that everyone can see that the people of NVCC will be good neighbors, who love and take care of the community.

stevethornton Steve Thornton and his wife have been ministering at New Venture for nine years, since the church launched in 2004! Since then, the church has met in various facilities, from schools to other church’s host buildings. Currently they meet at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Courthouse Road in Midlothian, VA. They are so excited to start building on their new property and have a place they can call home! Please pray for the community at New Venture as they experience the growth, excitement, and stress that comes along with constructing a church building!

Tim Cole headshot - circle smTim Cole
Director of Church Planting