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), two people who brought significant depth and renewal to the Church by paying close attention to the 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 in the Church through the development of others. In 1998, Randy began researching and designing the model which would over time develop into the VP3 Pathway—The Journey, A Way of Life, Walking with Others.
This seed has grown and we at VP3 today are so grateful for the ways in which our ministry has intersected with so many people. Since VP3’s founding in 2000 more than 15,000 people have participated in The Journey. We got a glimpse into the significance of the many lives impacted in August 2016, when Randy Reese suddenly passed away from a heart attack. A flood of emails and letters, phone calls, coffee conversations and gatherings, reminded us of the ripple of this VP3 ministry.
The landscape of the Church is changing rapidly in this post-pandemic world, but our horizon as an organization is not. Our sights remain set upon the Spirit’s deepening and developing work in a culture conditioned by quick fixes, easy answers, and one-size-fits-all approaches to life’s biggest questions. Over and again, our educational processes have accomplished two critical things for leaders and congregations: (1) cultivating deep reflection and spiritual conversation for adults in this age of superficiality and distraction, and (2) building communities of belonging and practice for adults in this age of loneliness, isolation, and division. Let the ripple continue… Let the name of Jesus live out…
Our Mission and Vision
We are committed to helping men and women discover more deeply who God is, who they are, and what God desires to do through them.
We are an organization that is a catalyst for adults growing toward depth and maturity in Christ. In cooperation with the Spirit’s leading and work, we are seeing:
• Individuals awakened, deepened, and ignited toward kingdom life and influence.
• Christian leaders embracing a mentoring way of life and ministry (a leadership of companionship).
• Churches and organizations becoming vital places of discipleship and development.
• A network of Christian leaders bound together by a more relational way of life and ministry.
The Lausanne Covenant articulates the theological foundations of VantagePoint3 ministry.