Archive for May, 2015

Fulfilling Jesus’ Mission With Your City

Posted in Inspiring Stories on May 26, 2015 by Waypoint Church Partners

When Ron Klabunde planted Restore in the wealthiest county in America, he never imagined that food insecurity for over 12,000 local children would be the focus of the church’s outreach.

“Now… What are you going to do to feed children here who struggle with hunger?”  One question, posed by an un-churched business leader, changed Ron’s life forever and gave birth to a movement of churches who are reaching beyond their walls to feed local children.

“We have discovered that children are struggling with hunger in every county in America. I can’t think of a better way for the church to leave the building and share God’s love in tangible ways than mobilizing their city to feed these children”, says Ron.

Ron founded Generosity Feeds to enable churches to package meals that can be distributed across America. In partnership with Generosity Feeds, churches are packaging 10,000 or more meals in less than two hours with hundreds of community volunteers. The typical Generosity Feeds event brings four un-churched workers for every churched person who attends; it provides a unique opportunity to build relationships in the community while expanding discipleship beyond their church walls.
Church planter Josh Burnett reports, “We had more pre-Christians come to church following our community event with Generosity Feeds than any of our previous larger events.

Today, Generosity Feeds is working in 17 states and has packaged over a half-million meals.

What will your church do to feed local children who struggle with hunger?

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Prayer Is On The Rise!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 8, 2015 by Waypoint Church Partners

prayer wallIn Mark 13:18, Jesus offers a concise description of the Temple, His place of worship. He says, “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” But the question churches must wrestle with is this: If Jesus were to visit your church this Sunday, would prayer be immediately visible to Him?

  • While one recent study found that less than 5% of churches have a significant mobilized prayer ministry, that trend is changing in churches across Virginia.
  • One church recently added a Prayer Wall to their worship room where people can leave the names of lost friends on note cards so others can intercede.
  • Others have strategically placed Prayer Rooms where people can to pray during worship services.
  • Some are Prayer Walking neighborhoods, schools, or high-crime areas.
  • Still others are re-visiting mid-week Prayer Services, where the only agenda is intercession.
  • Some have scheduled the Great Wall of Prayer from Team Expansion to offer a weekend prayer focus on unreached people groups.
  • Others are finding ways to pray for the ICOM 15 Church Plants.
  • Some are increasing the face-time of prayer during Sunday worship by finding creative ways to have people pray for key weekly themes (children, missionaries, etc.).
  • And many churches are offering intercessory prayer as one of the options during the end of the service response time.

mechanicsville prayer wall

How is the Prayer Ministry of your church growing? Please let us know and we would love to encourage other churches to pray through your story.

Don’t know where to start? Drop me a line; I would love to help you take your prayer ministry to a new level.

neil wheeler - circleNeil Wheeler
Director of Leader Care
neil@vef.cc