Local Youth Conference Welcomes Renowned Worship Leader

Posted in ICOM on September 4, 2015 by Waypoint Church Partners

JohnMarkMcMillanJohn Mark McMillan, writer of “How He Loves” and “Future/Past,” joins SICOM students and college students attending ICOM for one amazing show, Saturday night, October 31st.

Following the Saturday night main sessions for ICOM & SICOM, John Mark will be performing a full show with his band!  You won’t want to miss this amazing show!  Admission is covered with SICOM registration, and a limited number of free passes will be available to college students at the ICOM information desk during conference.

Look for full SICOM registration packets coming to your church in the next few weeks!

Register Your Entire Church for ICOM 2015 in Three Easy Steps!

Posted in ICOM on September 3, 2015 by Waypoint Church Partners

One of the great features of ICOM coming to Richmond this Fall is their family friendly registration. It’s just $50 (individual registration is usually $25/person).

Even better, a church can pre-register their ENTIRE CHURCH for a low fee based on their average Sunday attendance.
Here’s how to do it in 3 easy steps:

  1. Go online to http://www.theicom.com and click on the “Register” icon.
  2. Choose the “Church-Wide Registration” option, enter your church’s information, and pay.
  3. You will receive an e-mail confirmation that contains a link for you to share with your congregation so they can enter their own badge information before the conference. (Individuals from your church will still need to register individually using your church’s special code provided in the link.)

Pricing is pretty simple: just $150 for churches under 100; $250 for churches between 100 and 250, and so on. Amounts are listed on the church-wide registration page.

Note: The SICOM Teen Convention has a separate registration with a fee of $40 per teen to help cover the expense of their hands-on ministry experience led by the Engage Team from CIY.

We hope to see you and a great number of your church members at ICOM in Richmond October 29 – Nov. 1!

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“The Away Team” Preaching Series

Posted in General Advice, ICOM on September 1, 2015 by Waypoint Church Partners

Created by Rick Raines, Minister at Fairmount Christian Church, Summer 2015

With the International Conference on Missions in Richmond on the horizon, our preaching staff wanted to prepare the hearts of our congregation for this exciting event. Fairmount Christian Church is located in Mechanicsville, Virginia just outside of Richmond, and we knew that with our proximity to the Conference we would have many of our folks in attendance at the Conference and we would have many who would be volunteering.  That’s why we decided to focus our entire summer to the theme of ICOM 2015: “The Away Team.”

Fairmount’s practice is to walk together through one book of the Bible over the course of the summer.  We alternate between an Old Testament and New Testament book each year.  As we began to consider the “Away Team” theme, it became powerfully obvious that the Book of Acts was going to be our summer reading focus and would be a great springboard to talk about the church as “The Away Team” in the world today.

We developed 13 unique, but interrelated, topics to carry us through June, July, and August.  Perhaps another congregation would consider using Acts for their springboard into ICOM or as their follow up to this great event.
Jim Tune, ICOM’s president this year, writes on the ICOM website:

The Away Team is a sports metaphor that illustrates how times have changed.  There was a time when the church had home field advantage in the USA, Canada, and other parts of the world.  Christians were the majority, influenced culture and enjoyed political privilege.  In other words, we had the equivalent of home field advantage.  But times have changed.  To be victorious today we need to adopt strategies that reflect our position as visitors to our own culture.

Those strategies are given to us clearly and boldly throughout the Book of Acts.

Below is our outline of Acts, highlighting the strategies and the reminders that the Away Team needs to always keep in mind:

  • Acts 1 – Commissioned – the Away Team is commissioned by Jesus to be witnesses throughout the world.
  • Acts 2 – Anointed – the Away Team is anointed by God’s Spirit to accomplish everything He has called us to do.
  • Acts 3-5 – Persecuted – the Away Team should expect persecution locally and globally.
  • Acts 6-7 – Serving – the Away Team has the greatest impact by touching the world through service.
  • Acts 8-9 – Obedient – the Away Team is obedient to the will of God and the direction of the Holy Spirit.
  • Acts 10-12 – Accepting – the Away Team accepts others the same way that God accepts others.
  • Acts 13-14 – Sending – the Away Team sends its people wherever there are folks who need the touch of Christ.
  • Acts 15-16 – Uncompromising – the Away Team will be uncompromising in its commitment to Christ and His Word.
  • Acts 17-19 – Persevering – the Away Team will persevere in an often-hostile culture.
  • Acts 20-21 – Devoted – the Away Team is firmly devoted to God and to the body of believers.
  • Acts 22-23 – Bold – the Away Team is bold in word and in deed.
  • Acts 24-26 – Blessed – the Away Team never forgets that they are richly blessed by God.
  • Acts 27-28 – Ready – the Away Team is constantly ready for whatever comes their way.

These are the themes that we developed.  If you would like more information about this series and if you would like to receive our outlines, feel free to contact Rick Raines at rraines@fairmountchristian.org.

Rick RainesRick Raines
VEF Board of Directors Vice President
Preacher at Fairmount Christian Church

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 www.tinyurl.com/ArtofYouthMinistry to register today!

Ethnic ICOM Project Announced for Columbia Heights in Washington, DC

Posted in Church Planting, ICOM on August 25, 2015 by Waypoint Church Partners

Washington DC Columbia Heights Map-02The VEF is happy to announce the ICOM church plant to be based in Washington, DC in the Columbia Heights area, near the National Zoo. The VEF is collaborating with New Life Christian Church, a VEF church plant, along with Passion4Planting to plant an ethnically diverse church in the Northwest neighborhood of Washington, DC. The goal of this ethnic project is to reach primarily second-generation Latinos. Second-generation Latinos (known as 2.0s) were typically born in the States to parents who immigrated from Spanish-speaking countries in Central and South America.

An Urban Institute study of the District of Columbia revealed that neighborhoods with significant Latino populations are mostly clustered in the Columbia Heights area of the District. Demographics indicate that well over one third of the population in this region is of  Latino descent.

A recent VEF church plant, Restore Christian Church in Silver Spring, launched in October 2012 and is just a couple of subway stops north on the Red Line. Prior to Restore Church’s launch just three years ago, there was no presence of the Christian Church and Church of Christ inside the Capital Beltway. This new ethnic project will give us our second and counting! Additional funding partners are being gathered to help fully resource the project.

Lead Planter Joel Pazmino was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador.  Joel’s father left his job in the banking field to plant a church there when Joel was 17 years old. Later, Joel’s father came to the U.S. to plant another church for Spanish-speaking “Latino 1.0s” in the Baltimore area.

JJoel3 copyoel and his wife, Meghan, already reside in Columbia Heights. He will commute to New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA over the next year as part of his residency with Passion4Planting and a cohort of four other church planters preparing to plant new churches throughout the region. Meghan, a teacher, will be teaching this fall at Ross Elementary School, just four blocks from DuPont Circle in Washington, DC.

Joel recently served as Director of Spiritual Formation and Community Life at Centerpoint Church in Annapolis, MD where he and Meghan met. Joel holds a B.S. in International Business from Strayer University and completed coursework for his M.Div. from Bethel Seminary. Joel and Meghan successfully completed a Church Planter Assessment Center in November 2014. For the past 18 months, Joel has been a participant in the DC church planters’ coaching group led by Brett Andrews, the lead guy at New Life Christian Church.

Joel loves to run. He is naturally a huge soccer fan, supporting F.C. Barcelona and more locally, DC United. He’s also an avid Baltimore Ravens fan. Meghan graduated from the University of Maryland and is a big Terrapins fan. She loves cooking, baking and gardening, They have a three-year-old goldfish called “The Captain” who never stops eating.

To support Joel and Meghan as they prepare to plant a church in the heart of DC, e-mail them at joel.pazmino@gmail.com. You can also like their Facebook page and follow their progress at:
http://www.facebook.com/DCChurchPlant

This article first appeared in the VEF Quarterly: Summer 2015 edition. To sign up for future issues of the VEF Quarterly, e-mail Rachel Woolard at rachel@vef.cc!

Belarus: Planting a Church in “White Russia”

Posted in Church Planting, ICOM on August 6, 2015 by Waypoint Church Partners

belarus_family copyBelarus (literally “White Russia”) in Eastern Europe is a country most people could not find on a world map. But God is very much aware of the 10 million people living there. God is doing a special work in this land with young, often marginalized, evangelicals who are catalyzing a new movement of churches bringing faith, hope and new life to their communities.

Since becoming independent in 1991, Belarus has been reforging its own identity, emerging from the shadow of Russia – its largest neighbor and brother to the east. Unlike other former Soviet countries, Belarus retained much of its strong, centralized form of government while pursuing modest economic reforms. Much of the recent growth is due to government sponsored initiatives.

In Belarus, like in most of our world, over 70% of the people live in urban centers. Minsk, home to 2.3 million people, is the geographical, political, economic, and cultural heart of the country. Evangelical groups rep-resent slightly more than 1% of the population. They are distrusted and marginalized as cults by the Orthodox church and the government. The Voice of The Martyrs lists Belarus as a country hostile towards evangelical churches.

Even in this hostile climate, the evangelical church in Belarus and Minsk in particular has experienced a season of relative peace and growth. Although atheism and Russian Orthodoxy are still the predominant views, evangelical groups are stepping up to the challenge of planting new churches.

Impact Ministry Group and Impact Europe (formerly Global Missionary Ministries) have partnered to establish four of the six evangelical churches in Minsk. Now, under the catalytic leadership of Dmitry Lazuta, a new movement of churches is rising up with young leaders ready to take risks to reach their countrymen for Christ.

Dmitry Mamoyko is one of these leaders. He has planted a “Next Gen” church within the walls of an existing church, and this young congregation is ready to be fully birthed on its own. They are clearing and breaking ground in a residential area of Minsk to build their own worship center and meeting place.

Virginia Churches through ICOM are partnering with Impact Europe to launch this new church in a new building. There is a bright future for the church as God raises up young believers through new churches to shine the light of Jesus in White Russia.

About the Author: Scott LaRue is the new director of Impact Europe, a division of Impact Ministry Group (IMG), affiliated with Russian Outreach Network.

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

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

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

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?

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