Archive for July, 2015

Prayer is on the Rise!

Posted in General Advice, Prayer Request on July 28, 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 go to pray during worship services.
  • Some are Prayer Walking neighborhoods, schools, or high-crime areas.
  • Sill 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.

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

This article was originally published in the VEF Quarterly: Spring 2015 edition. If you would like to receive future printed editions of the VEF Quarterly, please send your name and mailing address to rachel@vef.cc

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ICOM is a Family Affair

Posted in ICOM on July 23, 2015 by Waypoint Church Partners

Cole FamilyWe’ve been taking our kids to ICOM since our first trip there over 20 years ago in Lexington, KY.

We hope you’ll bring your whole family to ICOM this Fall in Richmond. Along with the excellent programming and workshops for adults, there is also a great program just for kids and a special Youth Convention led by the nationally known teen ministry C.I.Y. (See the article inside).

One of my favorite parts of the conference is the display floor with over 500 booths where my kids get to see firsthand how God and His people are at work all over the world. I think every child and teen should experience this glimpse of world outreach during their childhood.

The registration fee for your entire family for all four days is a bargain at $50. Go online to register now at http://www.theicom.org. You can book your hotel room early on the same site. The VEF will have a large booth to welcome you just inside the entrance to the giant display floor. We hope to see you AND YOUR WHOLE FAMILY in Richmond October 29 – November 1!Tim Cole headshot - circle sm

Tim Cole
Executive Director
tim@vef.cc

This article was originally published in the VEF Quarterly: Spring 2015 edition. If you would like to receive future printed editions of the VEF Quarterly, please send your name and mailing address to rachel@vef.cc