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A Great History – A Compelling Future

Posted in Across the Commonwealth, Inspiring Stories on November 21, 2016 by Waypoint Church Partners

parkview-churchSunday, October 2 was a day of celebration at Staunton Church of Christ as the church gathered to mark their seventy-fifth anniversary. Not only a significant day for the congregation gathered in Staunton, this Sunday was also a celebration in the history of Waypoint Church Partners. On October 5, 1941, with a grant of $44.85 from the VEF to pay rent and build pews, the first Waypoint-sponsored church was launched.

During the service, the congregation remembered what God has done with some great old hymns and pictures of previous days of ministry shown on the screen. But the theme for the day was not just reflecting on the past, but allowing the past to become a springboard into the future. Accompanied by dramatic presentations based on the parable of the lost sheep, coin, and boy in Luke 15, minister Barry Creasey cast a compelling vision of an outreach-focused church. As the service came to a conclusion, the congregation was directed to the front yard for the unveiling of the church’s new name – Parkview Christian Church.

As I sat in the service that day, learning about Parkview’s significant prayer ministry and multiple outreach initiatives, I thanked God for the thousands of people who had walked through the doors of Parkview Christian and the 500 souls who had been baptized into Christ there. And as I reflected, I realized that only God knew in 1941 the full Kingdom impact of that first Waypoint church plant.

As I drove away from Parkview Christian Church, I was overwhelmed with the knowledge that every person and church who has ever contributed to, prayed for, and worked with Waypoint Church Partners has an eternity of celebration waiting – celebration around the throne of God with His Lamb and with thousands of people who have come to know Christ through Waypoint church plants not only in Virginia, but across the mid-Atlantic region and around the world.

Thank you, Parkview Christian, for becoming our first church plant seventy-five years ago. And thank you, all of you who, through your sacrificial gifts, prayers, and hard work, have allowed us to plant dozens more!

neil wheeler - circleNeil Wheeler
Director of Leader Care
nwheeler@waypointchurchpartners.com

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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?