POC Partner FAQ
Why a para-church ministry?
Over the years we have realized two things. First, we love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and people meeting him through the loving witness of others. Second, we love seeing the church thrive in her mission to make disciples. The Bible teaches us that God has given a diverse group of leaders to the church in addition to pastor-teachers. We sense God calling to be evangelists, to coach and equip many churches, leaders and people in the world. A para-church ministry in the truest sense of “coming alongside the church, as a member of a local church” seems the best vehicle for us to pursue our calling in this season. The elders of our church agree and are setting us aside for this particular calling and ministry. Furthermore, one of our elders will serve on the Power of Change board of directors along with a theologian and long-time mentor and friend.
Reid, you’ve been a Pastor in some capacity for 12 years, do you think you’ll serve in this way in the future? Plant churches again?
I don’t know. I’m thankful that God is God and I don’t know the future. To be honest, it’s a bit overwhelming to think about what one might do down the road with the amount of circumstances that are changing in this world. Do I enjoy pastoral ministry? Absolutely. Could I see myself serving in that way again? Perhaps. Certainly, if God were to lead in that way. I could definitely see myself staying involved with church planting and perhaps doing that again someday down the road. I do know I desire to serve pastors and the work of church planting today through Power of Change and until my time on the earth is up.
Why not go back on staff with a well-established parachurch ministry like Cru Global?
To be honest, establishing a new ministry does add some work and overhead to my life. There are some ways in which going on staff with a large ministry would be a good avenue. In other ways it is simply overhead (both financial and logistical) that we don’t require. My background in computer science allows us to build and use technology to maximize efficiency and we want to relate directly with my friends, ministry partners and partner ministries without layers of bureaucracy that we don’t find necessary. Power of Change will also have a very unique focus that we would like to give room to grow, breathe and flourish. Finally, we want our accountability to come from our local church as we submit our family to being pastored by local elders and having a board of directors who value these same things.
Why locate the ministry’s home base in Blacksburg, VA?
Blacksburg is the place that feels most home for Kasey and me. We had our girls there, have friendships with people there and it is close to Kasey’s family. Our work will require some travel and we want our family to be in a good place and have resources to help when I am on the road. Furthermore, the western university is a central place for gospel witness and impact. The intellectual climate of a college town, the resources and manpower for gospel movement that students bring are all important aspects of our locating Power of Change in Blacksburg. Though a small college town itself, our hope is to be a part of mobilizing and equipping students to be sent into major cities of the region to help with church planting and gospel movement building in our time.
Are you going to charge for your speaking, teaching and training resources? Or is faith based, ministry supporters your primary funding model?
Our hope is to have a team of friends who love our family, love our work and love being a part of it. We desire to “offer the gospel free of charge” (1 Corinthians 9:18) and not have to charge exorbitant speaker fees to those we desire to serve. So we are pursuing a team-funded ministry model where partners give on a monthly or annual basis to empower us to serve. We are trusting the Lord to provide for the foundation for the ministry (funding our family, admin, legal, systems, healthcare, etc.) through a team of committed partners and friends. Our hope is that resources gained through any future speaking honorariums, resource creation, writing books etc. would be reinvested back into the ministry. As of right now, we are starting out from zero and trusting the Lord to provide for our needs.
What sorts of ministry do you anticipate engaging in?
Though we are just at the beginning of things, we would love to engage in some of the following types of ministry through the impact and influence branches of Power of Change. At this point we are working towards dreams ;-)
Potential Ideas and Ministry
Impact - 2 days a week
- University Focus – Direct ministry with wrestling and campus sports ministry, university ministry, continue to speak at college retreats, university open forums etc.
- Church Focus – Serve the local church where needed, serve with men’s ministry, helping build families (premarital, marriage, parenting resources), pulpit supply etc.
Influence - 3 days a week
- Research Focus - A skunkworks for the church - work on one big idea related to cultural engagement and apologetics per year and publish a small book, like a robust cliff notes. Potential topics: Islam and culture, neuroscience and artificial intelligence, Educating Christians in post-Christian secular society, gender and sexuality, reproductive technology, human augmentation with bioengineering or technological enhancement etc.
- Resource Focus - training and church planting resources – theological training and writing.
- Coaching Focus - Help assess and coach church planters and organizational leaders within connected networks
What do you anticipate doing in the first year?
As we can tend to over-commit and we are a bit tired right now, all of our advisers and family have counseled us to “take it slow” in the early days of our move to Virginia and beginnings of Power of Change. Our goals for the first ministry year (Sept 2016-Aug 2017) are very simple.
- Establish the organization, funding base and solid communications for Power of Change.
- Join a local church where our family can be shepherded and we can serve as members in the mission.
- Take a few strategic speaking opportunities and serve church planters and leaders without overbooking my schedule.
- Rest – we need a slower pace after 20 years of pushing hard in full time ministry. We need to have patience and allow space for rest, reflection and some soul care in the first year. I will be asking my wife ;-) and our board to hold me accountable here.
- I need to finish my MDiv in Applied Apologetics. I have been picking through this for far too long and only have about five classes to go. I need to finish so I can look at further academic work if God leads. And believe it or not, seminary does feel like rest to me when I've taken classes in the past. Seminary is fun and refreshing. ;-)