Along a 210-Freeway morning commute to Pasadena, California in the spring of 1996, a seed was planted which would grow into the work of VantagePoint3.
As Randy Reese sat in Los Angeles traffic that spring morning, he considered the legacies of Charles Simeon (1759-1836) and Henrietta Mears (1890-1963). Both people had brought significant depth and renewal to the Church by paying careful attention to the leadership development of others. While pondering their lives that morning, Randy’s heart was grabbed by the Apostle Paul’s words in Ephesians 2:10; “For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which he prepared beforehand to be our way of life.” He sensed the Lord inviting him to participate in a similar movement as Simeon and Mears, a movement of fostering depth and renewal and service in the Church through the discipleship of others as Christian leaders. In 1998 Randy began researching and designing the model which would develop into the VantagePoint3 processes.
This seed has grown and we at VP3 today are so grateful for the ways in which our lives and work have intersected with so many. Since VantagePoint3 began, more than 11,000 people in approximately 300 churches have participated in The Journey. We count it an honor to share in a small way in your ongoing journey of discovering more deeply who God is, who you are in Christ, and what God desires to do through you.
It is one thing to ‘develop leaders’ who can serve in various capacities in a local setting, it is quite another thing to pay attention to people who can become ignited to not only lead well, but follow the Ephesians 2:10 way –
For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.
It has been a conviction of ours at VP3 for some time now, that a significant way to ignite depth and renewal in the church in North America is to notice in a new way those who are right before our eyes…and the local church in North America has a few folks who are longing to be paid attention to and unleashed for Kingdom purposes.
– Randy Reese
The Lausanne Covenant articulates the theological foundations of VantagePoint3 ministry.