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 12,000 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 VantagePoint3 ministry. Themes like making space for God, embracing our identity as beloved children of God, and becoming “a first-class noticer” were expressed again and again and again. In so many ways, the high level of support and communication that surfaced after Randy’s untimely death have been catalytic for us as an organization.
Our landscape has changed, but our horizon remains the same. We seek to be a praying, learning and serving community, alert to the stunning reality that God is always and already up to something good in the world. Our sights remain set upon the Holy Spirit’s deepening and developing work. 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 do this by partnering with Christian leaders and communities who are looking to us and our VP3 Pathway of processes for a way to more deeply develop men and women in their context. In cooperation with the Spirit’s leading and work, we hope to see:
- Individuals awakened, deepened and ignited toward kingdom life and influence.
- Christian leaders embracing a leadership of companionship as a way of life and ministry.
- Communities becoming vital places of discipleship and development.
The Lausanne Covenant articulates the theological foundations of VantagePoint3 ministry.