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Who’s in Your Bullpen?

Posted in General Advice, Waypoint Events on August 22, 2016 by Waypoint Church Partners

Johnny Bench,
Cincinnati Reds legend

I grew up a big baseball fan. My heroes were players on the famed “Big Red Machine” like Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Pete Rose.

With the dog days of summer having already arrived, any serious fan of America’s favorite past time knows that one of the critical factors that makes an average team really great is a strong “bullpen.”  The bullpen is the group of 6 or 7 pitchers on the team ready to step in when one of the starting pitchers is lost due to injury, fatigue or ineffectiveness. Without them, a good team fades into mediocrity as the season progresses.

Who’s in YOUR bullpen?

The same is true for the church. One of the critical factors that makes an average church really great is a strong bullpen. Your “bullpen” is the group of 3-4 members fully ready to step in when one of your Elders is lost due to transfer, fatigue, ineffectiveness or death. Without a strategic, intentional plan to develop your church’s bullpen, even a good church will eventually fade into mediocrity (or worse!).

Waypoint is offering a great opportunity to help develop your bullpen this Fall. The E2-Effective Elders Conference in October is an ideal venue to bring not only your current team of Elders but also those who should be in your ‘bullpen.’  They’ll get to see and hear first-hand what it looks like be part of a healthy Eldership team and how that translates into building a strong church.

We hope to see you, your Elders and your bullpen at the E2: Effective Elders conference in October! Check out our events page to learn more and sign up today.

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Executive Director

This article was originally published in The Waypoint Endeavor: Summer 2016 edition. If you would like to receive future printed editions of The Waypoint Endeavor, please send your name and mailing address to




My Father, Earle Cole

Posted in Waypoint Events on July 5, 2016 by Waypoint Church Partners
Earle Cole, Tim Cole’s father, with his brother, mother, and little Tim Cole on the far right.

Earle Cole, Tim Cole’s father, with his brother, mother, and little Tim Cole on the far right.

My dad was an elder. He was also a career military man in the Air Force, so we got to experience a different church family every two or three years. Some churches were fairly large, some not so much. Some churches were fairly healthy, many were not.

As the son of an elder, I witnessed firsthand elders driving the mission and evangelistic culture of a church. I also saw groups of elders that were at best hurdles to accomplishing the mission, or, even worse, a roadblock for evangelism and a healthy culture within the Body.

I saw great elders who were the preacher’s biggest advocate and best friend, like my dad. I also saw elders who seemed to almost enjoy being the “thorn” in the preacher’s side through criticism, conflict, or passive-aggressive actions.

Please take special notice of the “E2-Effective Elders” conference we are hosting this fall. It’s about creating healthy elders and elderships. Every elder you know should come!

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Which event will you attend?

Friday, October 28th from 8:30am – 4pm
First Christian Church of Kernersville
130 North Main Street, Kernersville, NC, 28284
     >  Sign up for the NC event now!
Saturday, October 29th from 8:30am – 4pm
Mechanicsville Church of Christ
8067 Atlee Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111
     > Sign up for the VA event now!

Registration is $29 per person. All of your materials and lunch are included.

We hope you (and your elders and prospective elders) will be able to join us.

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Tim Cole
Executive Director

This article was originally published in The Waypoint Endeavor: Spring 2016 edition. If you would like to receive future printed editions of The Waypoint Endeavor, please send your name and mailing address to



Announcing: “The Art of Youth Ministry” Coming to Richmond in January

Posted in Waypoint Events on August 27, 2015 by Waypoint Church Partners

Art of YM imageFor the first time the VEF is hosting an event specifically to challenge, equip and encourage our youth leaders in the Virginia region! The many challenges of youth ministry are well known: tight budgets, high expectations, and a changing culture often at odds with the values of young disciples. It’s easy to get overwhelmed leading in this kind of environment.

However, we know how crucial these formative years are for establishing and developing your teenagers’ life-long faith. That’s why the VEF  created this one-day annual seminar, “The Art of Youth Ministry,” where your youth staff will be strengthened and encouraged while learning and fellowshipping with other youth leaders.

Nationally-known youth speaker Mark DeVries, President of Ministry Architects and author of  the book Sustainable Youth Ministry, will lead.

The Art of Youth Ministry will take place on Tuesday, January 12th from 9:30am-3:30pm at Fairmount Christian Church in Mechanicsville, VA. The $35 registration covers the cost of the seminar, materials, and lunch. Your youth leaders won’t want to miss this inaugural event just for them! It’s an easy way for your church to invest in your most important leaders.

Visit to register today!

The International Conference on Missions in Virginia

Posted in Church Planting, Waypoint Events on December 10, 2013 by Waypoint Church Partners
ICOM Full LogoExciting news! In 2015, the VEF will host the International Conference on Missions (ICOM). This event, formally known as the National Missionary Convention, will bring hundreds of missionaries from around the world. What an exciting opportunity for Virginia churches to learn from and minister to these incredible followers of Christ! The theme of the conference in 2015 is international and domestic Church Planting.
To celebrate, we will do something that has never been done before at ICOM! We are asking everyone in Virginia to attend ICOM and to share in an absolutely amazing project:

Together we can plant SEVEN (7) churches all around the world.

We have been praying and working with international missionaries to find excellent church planting organizations on every occupied continent and a multi-ethnic location in Virginia. We are thrilled to announce the seven locations for ICOM church plants across the globe:

North America: Canada  –  Toronto, partnering with Impact Canada
South America: Brazil  –  Amazon River Valley, partnering with Central Brazil Mission
Europe: Belarus  –  Minsk, partnering Impact Europe
Africa: Togo  –  partnering with the Togo Christian Mission
Asia: India  –  Chattisgarh, Bilaspur, partnering with Medical Mission India
South Pacific: New Zealand  –  Aukland partnering with South Pacific Christian Fellowship
North America: United States  –  Northern Virginia with the VEF
Church Plants Around the World Map
Pledges and funding for ICOM and the seven church plants are already over 60% of the goal but we are still in need of churches to pledge funds over the next 24 months. If you would like to know more, or have someone share the vision at your church or meeting please contact:
Larry Jones, Northside Christian Church, 757-595-5890
Malcolm Puckett, Christian Financial Resources, 757-560-8385
Tim Cole, VEF, 804-690-7919 or
Dave Hileman, VEF, 757-897-0223

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Dave Hileman
Executive Director

EXILED: By God’s Grace, For God’s Glory

Posted in Thank You, Waypoint Events on March 14, 2013 by Waypoint Church Partners

DaveHileman Dave Hileman, the Executive Director of the VEF, was asked by Johnson University (formally Johnson Bible College) to be the President of their 2013 Homecoming celebration, bringing Johnson students and alumni together for a week of worship, workshops, and teaching. Dave rose up to the challenge and created an engaging three-day program based around Jeremiah 29, where God speaks to His people in exile:

“Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

BarrasChris Barras, pastor of Area 10 Faith Community in Richmond, VA, was the main speaker and spoke at three of the six main sessions, from February 26th-28th. He introduced and continued the theme of growing where God has planted you, even if you are unhappy with your current situations.

craig The worship band was led by Craig Davenport (keyboard/vocals), a member of Lifepointe Christian Church in Williamsburg, VA. The rest of the band was comprised of members from several different congregations. Devin Powell (guitarist), Dahlene _, (backup vocal), Karl _ (drums), and Hector _ (bass) from Lifepointe Christian. Landon Elliott (electric guitar) from Olivet Christian Church in Newport News. Jordan Clark (lead guitar) from Greenville, NC. Jo Beth Broyles (keyboard) and Rachel Price (vocals) from Area 10 Faith Community in Richmond, VA.

BreakfastSeminarA breakfast seminar was held on Wednesday morning entitled “Paths to Church Planting” and included a panel of Rachel Price (Director of Media for the VEF), Josh Parrish (lead minister) and Daniel Barinowski (worship leader) from Crossings in Roanoke, VA, and Eric Hash (lead minister at Venture in Danville, VA). Each of these speakers are graduates of Johnson University from the past ten years and have each become engaged in church planting. They each spoke on their history and answered the questions of what led them into church planting.

GreggEubanksSeveral workshops were also held throughout Wednesday afternoon, allowing those in attendance to learn about more specific examples of the week’s theme carried out in specific situations. Seminars were led by Johnson graduates, church planters, and ministers from across the US. Speakers included (but were not limited to): Gregg Jennings, lead minister at Common Ground Christian Church in Fredericksburg, VA; Rachel Price, Director of Media Communications for the VEF; Neil Wheeler, minister of Chester Christian Church in Chester, VA; Lucas Rouggly, church planter from St. Louis, MO; Jill Lagerburg of Knoxville Christian Arts Ministries (KnoxCAM); and several more.

RachelRachel Price, our very own Director of Media Communications, along with leading a workshop, participating in the breakfast seminar, and helping lead worship, was also in charge of stage design for the week.

ToddBrownTodd Brown, from Blue Ridge Church of Christ in Fishersville, VA, also brought forth a powerful message at the Thursday morning main session.

Needless to say, Johnson’s Homecoming 2013 would not have been possible without all of the help and connections from Dave’s involvement with the wonderful people and churches all connected through the Virginia Evangelizing Fellowship. We are so grateful to everyone who worked hard to make this event a wonderful success.

Also, we want to make sure that we thank many of the others who helped make this event possible: Jeff Tolbert and the entire media department; Kevin O’Brian for his endless organizational help; Patty Forthman for coordinating the flags presentation; Brent Weaver and the entire tour choir for joining us for our Wednesday night worship; Tammy Lanham for taking such incredible pictures of the event and sharing them with us all; Tyson Chastain for recording the workshops and making them available for those who could not attend; and everyone on campus from Johnson University who worked behind the scenes to make this happen.

To watch any of the main sessions, just visit the Johnson Homecoming Livestream page.

Vision-Casting with Cam Huxford

Posted in Waypoint Events on October 12, 2012 by Waypoint Church Partners
On Wednesday, the VEF hosted our 3rd annual installment of the “Art of Sermon” preaching workshop in Richmond to help preachers from across the Commonwealth hone their craft and passion in the pulpit. Cam Huxford, preaching minister at the 7500-member Savannah Christian Church in GA, challenged the 60+ ministers in attendance to courageously lead from what he called “the most important real estate in the Kingdom of God,” the 10 square feet under the pulpit.
Virginia is one of the fasting growing states for Christian Churches and churches of Christ, one of the few growing movements across America. This solid growth trend can be attributed in large part to the caliber of relevant Biblical preaching evidenced in many of our pulpits across the state. The VEF remains committed to her primary mission: to pursue Kingdom growth. Elevating the quality of preaching in our churches is one of the best ways we know to accomplish this mission.

Advisory Council

Posted in Waypoint Events on March 23, 2011 by Waypoint Church Partners

author: Harry Gill, VEF Director of Church Relations

Can you imagine, an old man from West Virginia blogging? Well, I am so excited about the first meeting of the VEF Advisory Council that I have broke out in blogging.

Here is what happened! On Saturday, March 12, 2011, interested people from around the Commonwealth met at the United Christian Church just off Parham Road in Richmond. These were highly motivated people who want to see the Kingdom work of our Lord pursued. There was excitement in the air from the very beginning.

As they registered for the event, the participants enjoyed a time of refreshment and fellowship. It was good to see these Christian brothers and sisters renewing old acquaintances and getting to know new people.

There was a time of introducing the staff of VEF to the folks and sharing in the work of the ministry. As always, a careful accounting of the funds entrusted to the VEF was given. (It is so important that our churches see that the Lordʼs money is being used to promote Kingdom Growth.) Time was used to bring the Advisory Council up to date on the various areas in which the staff works. Particularly interesting was the planting of new churches and the work of Rachel Price, who is designing media to make our churches presentations more attractive.

The next item on the agenda was a fast-paced game of Jeopardy. Brian Orahood was declared the winner having answered the most questions about the VEF.

After a delicious lunch, we dealt with one of the core purposes of the meeting. We divided into groups and talked about ways to make the VEF more valuable to our churches. Some really good suggestions were given and some vital needs of our churches were uncovered. You will be hearing more about them in days to come.

It was a great day with a great response and it will make a difference in the Kingdom in days, weeks and years to come.

Good Conversation.

Good Feedback.

Calling all local preachers!

Posted in Waypoint Events on March 18, 2011 by Waypoint Church Partners

This is the last call for the Art of Presenting a Sermon with Dave Stone on Monday, March 21 starting at 9:30 and meeting at Journey Christian Church in Midlothian, VA. Here is Journey’s web site if you need directions:

Why Attend?

First, preaching is still the paramount means to reach people with the message of Jesus, to assist people on their journey of faith and to motivate followers to take rise up to God sized challenges in their lives and in their communities. We need to constantly be improving, studying and growing in the art of preaching.

Second, Dave Stone will bless your day. He will encourage and motivate you and you will be glad you attended.

Third, Johnson Bible College will be there to talk about formal educational opportunities that you can complete from home and that will help you continue on the path to better preaching.

Fourth, you get to meet, spend part of the day & enjoy a delicious lunch with some of the best folks in Virginia.

Finally, you will see Journey’s newly finished wing of their building and catch some of the excitement on the campus of one of the fastest growing churches in the country.

Register at today!

2010 Marion Harris Memorial Golf Tournament

Posted in Waypoint Events on June 28, 2010 by Waypoint Church Partners

Tim Cole presents the trophy to the winning team at the 2010 Marion Harris Memorial Golf Tournament held at Hanging Rock in Salem, VA.

From left to right: Harry Gill, Dave Cutherbertson, John Ward and Larry Holland.

The Newest Initiative: Soon To Be Announced…

Posted in Church Planting, Media Communications, Waypoint Events on May 24, 2010 by Waypoint Church Partners

author: Rachel Price, Director of Media Communications

I’m really excited for this coming Wednesday for many reasons.

Once a quarter, several church planters from around Virginia get together to learn, pray, and share stories and resources with one another. This coming Wednesday is the next of these Virginia Vision meetings, and I have a lot of stuff to share with our church planters. Not only do I get to talk about the exciting progress on the Kingdom Equation program, but I also get to announce the newest VEF initiative: The ReVAMP Project.

I can’t give out all the details yet, but Virginia Vision church planters are going to get a first look at the new program before we announce it to all VEF supporting churches. We believe this program will be further evidence of the VEF’s commitment to supporting churches in all the areas where they have need.

Check back soon for more details!