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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

Discovery Builds in Bristol

Posted in Uncategorized on March 16, 2015 by Waypoint Church Partners

discovery goundbreakingDiscovery Church launched in September of 2011 in the downtown YMCA in Bristol, TN. 265 were in attendance on opening day. Their ministry center was on the Virginia side of State Street that runs through the center of town.

With rapid growth, the new church soon outgrew the YMCA, even with two morning services. The tight quarters prompted the purchase of 80 prime acres of property adjacent to the Bristol Speedway that includes a house currently being used for staff offices. The sharply reduced price of the property was seen as Providential confirmation.

Groundbreaking for their building was celebrated in June and construction got underway. Discovery is on track to open their new new building on or around Easter of this year. The first phase of the building features a 600 seat auditorium, a guest-friendly cafe and lobby, children’s and youth wings, and a parking lot specially designed to host car and RV parking for the two big NASCAR races each year.

VEF Hires Neil Wheeler to Serve Church Leaders

Posted in Uncategorized on March 2, 2015 by Waypoint Church Partners

Neil Wheeler headshot fairmountIn January the VEF Board of Directors hired Neil Wheeler part-time to oversee and expand the VEF’s Fusion Group program along with making consistent connections with churches and preachers around the state. Neil was the VEF Board’s most recent past President and has also served multiple terms as a Director and with the original Virginia Vision Church Planting Taskforce.

Neil, who is a native of Salem, VA and a Johnson University graduate, has been serving at the Chester Christian Church for the past 34 years. He also served as a Chaplain in the Police Department for 15 years. Neil is known for his passion for prayer and his pastor’s heart. The Board of Directors couldn’t envision a person in Virginia better suited to join the VEF team to help us accomplish our mission to “Pursue Kingdom Growth.”

Harry Gill Retires After 8+ Years Serving Virginia Churches

Posted in Uncategorized on February 16, 2015 by Waypoint Church Partners

Harry Gill headshotIn January, Harry Gill was honored at the VEF Board of Directors Retreat upon his retirement after 8 years of service to churches and preachers around the Commonwealth. As you can imagine, there was plenty of laughter and stories to summarize his time as the Director of Church Resources.

During his tenure with the VEF, Harry was instrumental developing two critical programs that significantly changed the scope of service the VEF provides to preachers as they lead their churches. The VEF’s Fusion Groups provide a peer-learning environment that challenge preachers to continually develop their ministry skills in an ever changing culture.

A team of VEF trained and certified Ministry Coaches provide a 1:1 coaching relationship that help ministers become more effective in their leadership positions. Harry also served as the interim Minister for congregations in Waynesboro, Smithfield and Bumpass while with the VEF. His wisdom and advice during the hiring process coupled with his solid Biblical preaching each week helped stabilize these churches during their time of transition.

Harry will be missed not only for the incessant humor and wisdom he has for preachers but for the contagious joy he brings to ministry. Thanks, Harry, you’re an inspiration to us all!

Our VEF Resolution

Posted in General Advice, Uncategorized on January 12, 2012 by Waypoint Church Partners

So we, the Directors of the VEF, have resolved to blog more and more consistently in 2012. However, we want to know what YOU, the reader, wants to read about. So, what topics about the local church, church planting, missions, evangelism, and/or theology that interests you? What big questions do you have? What topics should we cover in 2012?

This is your chance to make sure this blog is worth reading. Let us know!


Posted in Uncategorized on September 15, 2011 by Waypoint Church Partners

author:Rachel Price, Director of Media

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Automated Children’s Check In

Posted in Uncategorized on April 16, 2011 by Waypoint Church Partners

author: Tim Cole, Director of Church Planting

Many of our newer churches are implementing automated children’s check in systems. Some use Barcoded “MVP” cards that go on your keychain. Others use a small USB fingerprint scanner that pulls up your family’s record on the check-in computer. A touchscreen monitor allows for easy check in of all your kids, spitting out stick-on name tags for the kids and a label for the parents with a unique check-out code for after the service.

These systems have at least three great benefits for your church: First, even though visiting parents have to fill out a form when checking their kids in the first time, they watch as all your “regulars” quickly check in their own kids with a slick, yet simple, system. It makes a GREAT first impression of your church before they even enter the sanctuary.

Second, once your “regulars” become comfortable checking in their own kids (after 2-3 weeks), your check-in volunteers can focus ALL their time and attention on first-time visitors who have to fill out the initial information card. They can take the time to learn the child’s name and chat with the parents for a few moments without being distracted by all the “regulars” helping themselves through the process.

Finally, your “regulars” make it into the worship area sooner to enjoy more of the morning’s service. Saving just 3 or 4 minutes of standing in line to check in their kids makes a big difference. They get to sing one more worship song, participate in the welcome and greeting, or hear the announcements made at the beginning of the service.

If you have questions about how to implement systems like these at your church contact us at the VEF.

So It Begins…

Posted in Uncategorized on January 28, 2011 by Waypoint Church Partners

author: Chip Prior,
Lead Pastor at Varsity Christian Church
Chapel Hill, NC

This past Sunday, Varsity Church was birthed. All I can say is WOW! For close to a year we have lived in the area to get to this day. It has been so neat to watch God work in our lives and work here.

Launch Day Recap

Of course, everyone wants an update on our day. Simple, it was a great day! I tell everyone that if we can replicate this past Sunday every week, I would be VERY happy. Our set up is simple and easy, our coffee was great, our Junior Varsity program rocks (Kara has done an AMAZING job with the material and the look), the music was incredible and I felt good about the message. As Ice-T likes to say, “Today was a good day.”

I would like to say our launch team is amazing! Really. Our main team may be small but everyone of them is VERY talented and is working in their strengths. Plus, we have been blessed with some in our group who have planted churches or been a part of church plants. A HUGE win!

I would also like to thank my home church, Jefferson, who sent us 13 people this week to help. They have been SO supportive! They are also sending a team of 17 this week AND helping us once a month.

Our attendance for the day was not what we had hoped (our guess 175-200). We had 105 in attendance. Disappointing? Yes. But as I have told many people, now we go to work…

It’s hard to give incredible stories your first weekend, but a couple of good conversations…

One family met me afterwards and told me how they had not been to church in a long time and how this was what they needed (I talked about being a church for people who hadn’t connected in a long time). Good to hear.

The best story was from facebook. I connected with a couple who came on Sunday morning via facebook. Later that evening the wife sends me an email telling us how they enjoyed the day. Then she asked if I knew someone named Carrie Ann and was Carrie Ann my sister-in-law. Come to find out the lady who visited had been an RA for my youngest brother’s wife back in college! They had not connected in 15 years! The couple from Varsity told Carrie Ann I was her pastor. Again, they had not been to church in a long time.

More stories began to be written last weekend. And more will come.

Lessons from Disney World

Posted in Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 by Waypoint Church Partners

Posted by: Tim Cole, VEF Director of Church Planting

What can your church learn from Disney World?

Shawn Lovejoy from takes a critical look at what Disney does for it’s guests: Read More – Click Here!

The Importance of Coaching

Posted in Uncategorized on August 19, 2010 by Waypoint Church Partners
Seth Godin makes the case for why you need a coach. Call our Director of Church Relations, Harry Gill, today @ 804.402.6107 and talk with him about coaching.
Excerpt from Seth Godin’s blog:
My contention is that the only reason we ever get through that gap is that someone on the other side is rooting us on, or telling us stories of how great it is on the other side… Every successful product or passion is either easy to get started on or comes with a built-in motivator to keep you moving until you’re in.”
Read more of Seth Godin’s article here: Seth Godin’s Blog
Learn more about the VEF’s Coaching program by clicking here.