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Many groups are starting out this month in some part of the VP3 process. One of the central challenges of Stage 1 is building trust.  As we often discuss in the Facilitator Training Retreats, an atmosphere of trust needs to be fostered for the groups to flourish. Without trust, honest and prayerful discovery will become […]

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I have found myself recently pondering Alan Hirsch’s comments that “you cannot build a church on consumerism.” Hirsch is from South Africa and is a leading voice in the whole missional movement within the church. His words have drawn my attention back to the way our culture “mentors” or “disciples” us into certain ways of […]

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I have come across a number of people this summer who will be facilitating an Emerging Journey group in the fall. Many of these men and women have just finished going through the process in their church and, because of its significance in their life, they signed up to be a facilitator of a group for […]

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One of the joys of June is hosting the facilitator training retreats in various parts of the continent. A unique collection of pastors, church staff, and lay people gather in a peer learning environment in order to be prepared to facilitate an Emerging Journey or an Equipping Experience group in their local church context. In […]

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So we are six months away from a unique retreat we host in Banff, Alberta. From Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2011 we will join together for this leadership development & spiritual formation retreat in the beautiful Canadian Rockies. Always a highlight of our VP3 calendar, The Enriching Retreat is a time of shared reflection and discussion, pause and prayer in […]

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For the past eleven years the ministry of VantagePoint3 has been inviting people to discover more deeply who God is, who they are and what God desires to do through their lives. The ministry has seen more than 7,000 persons go through one or more of our processes, which have helped deepen and empower them in […]

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On the walls and columns of a grey stoned sanctuary hung twelve to fifteen prints of Rembrandt’s painting Return of the Prodigal Son.  The audience was a mix of parents and grandparents and nuns and pastors and students.  We were all gathered in a Beverly Hills’ Anglican church to hear writer/speaker Henri Nouwen speak on […]

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We just wanted to drop an announcement or reminder of our upcoming Facilitator Training Retreats for 2011-12. In order to implement The Emerging Journey, one or more people from a local church or organization attend one of our Facilitator Training Retreats. It is one of our absolutely favorite things we do each year. A wonderful [...]

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From time to time, we will be hosting webinars to provide church leaders a place to prayerfully reflect upon how they are investing in the growth and maturity of their adult believers. There are so many challenges today within our local church culture that frustrate our efforts to help people “grow up… into Christ” (Ephesians […]

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As the New Year begins I find myself returning to certain thoughts that have lingered with me over the past year. Jesus’ personal way with others has dominated much of my wonderings. His way of life always offers an alternative to our culture’s dominant ways of relating. Jesus lived out his mission by forming and […]

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“Is it possible for people to miss their lives in the same way one misses a plane?” Walker Percy asks this question in his novel The Second Coming. With his character Will Barrett–a lonely widower, recently retired from a very successful business career—Percy confronts us with a person who has confused all the activity of […]

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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 on his way to Fuller Seminary that spring morning, he considered the legacies of Charles Simeon (1759-1836) and Henrietta Mears (1890-1963). Both people […]

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