What are Vision Lanes?
We want to be the kind of church whose generosity only makes sense in light of God’s grace, and our generosity determines the pace at which we can accomplish the mission God has put before us.
Something amazing is happening at Traders Point where God is already at work in four key areas. He's leading the way in these areas, and we are following Him, focusing our resources, and your generosity, in the direction of these four areas that we are calling "vision lanes."
Campuses in the City
Within our city, 1.7 million people are disconnected from a local church. We’re under the conviction that discipleship happens best when we can worship where we live—because it enables us to serve, grow in groups and invite friends—so, we aspire to place campuses within 20 minutes of where people live around Indy.
- In 2016, we launched our first multisite campuses, Downtown and North—both of which started with launch teams of around 250 people and now have more than 1,600 people attending each week.
- West in Avon launched in 2017, and close to 1,000 people are attending that campus each week—unprecedented attendance in a temporary location (Avon Middle School North).
- In 2018, more than 500 people were baptized at all of our campuses. Since we launched our North campus, we’ve seen over 2600 people give their life to Jesus and get baptized with several thousands serving on a serving team and growing in groups.
- We’re getting ready soon to launch Campuses #5 and #6—in Northeast Indy (Fishers) and Midtown (Broad Ripple). And we won’t stop there—we’re already looking at where God is leading us for future campuses, including ways to be more intentional online so we can take everything we do as a church to those who can’t join one of our physical locations.
We know the spiritual and emotional poverty in our city and world continues to grow and we need to do everything we can reach as many people as we can for Jesus.
When we place campuses around Indianapolis, we can better serve the needs of people within reach of that campus—like vulnerable children.
Indy is the third worst city for the number of children in foster care. There are more than 13,000 children in Indiana in foster care. The “fatherless” are in danger of not knowing their heavenly father without Christ following parents.
We want to make an impact for foster children, creating relationships where Jesus can be made known.
- In 2018, we launched our Foster and Adoption Ministry—or FAM—and hired our first director.
- Traders Point help launched Care Portal in Indiana. Care Portal communicates vulnerable children’s essential items needs—like clean bedding—to the church community in Indiana so churches can come alongside and meet those needs. This is a key tool for preventing children from entering foster care.
- Traders Point provided $40,000 in funds for 15 families to adopt children internationally and domestically.
- With Back2Back Ministries, we helped build a Special Needs Resource Center in Mazatlán, Mexico. The center will provide holistic care for special needs children. While this is true, the center also provides care for vulnerable children in need, not just special needs. The Center will provide holistic care for vulnerable children all throughout that area of Mexico.
- We helped build a new school in Nairobi, Kenya, with our partner, Missions of Hope International. The school is located in Bondeni, an area where children don't normally receive an education. About 1,000 students will receive an education there this school year and ultimately, the school opens a door for the hope of Jesus to be shared.
We desire to continue to help create care communities that come around foster parents and help them out on an ongoing basis. We want to facilitate more adoption and foster placements, assist our strategic local and global partners, and provide for vulnerable children’s tangible needs. We dream of a day in the near future where there are more foster families waiting for children than fostering children waiting for families.
The local church is God’s plan A to reach people who don’t know Jesus and we want to be a part of what God is doing all around the world through supporting new churches.
- In 2017, Eglise Saint-Lazare opened its doors in Paris. Since launch, the church continues to grow, add people into groups, and welcome guests. The number of individuals plugged into groups has nearly doubled within this year.
- In one of the most atheistic parts of the world, ICF Leipzig—a multisite church—continues to reach people for Christ in former East Germany. Over 600 people attend weekly services at ICF Leipzig—this is nearly unheard of in European churches.
- In Harlem, a church we support—The Gathering—continues to increase in attendance. During Easter weekend, 600 people attended services, a new record.
- Mission City Church in Santa Barbara, led by former Traders Point Church Executive Pastor Jake Barker, continues to spread the hope of Jesus Christ to their community. Attendance numbers and baptisms are on the rise.
The vision God has given us is to go into large urban areas where culture is influenced, but we find a lot of people who don’t know God.
Churches grow and reach more people for Jesus with humble, hungry, and healthy leaders. We want to develop and multiply healthy ministry leaders. Jesus instructed His church to pray for more workers to serve in advancing His kingdom and we believe our vision for leadership development is a key to God answering this prayer.
- In 2019, we launched a leadership development program to raise up new leaders in ministry, and we hired our first leadership development director.
- We are working to partner with an accredited university to offer an on-site degree program in Ministerial Leadership here at TP, where students will spend half of their hours in class and the other in internships serving in the ministry here at the church. We envision this program will eventually train leaders in our church for greater leadership impact both at home and in the workplace.
- We also created a Resident Program design. The design includes 90% of resident time will be spent in practical ministry experience with the remaining 10% devoted to training.
- Our goal is to invest more in staff and volunteer development, and we’re working toward this end.
We can’t advance God’s mission without developing leaders. Everything rises and falls on leadership and it is our desire to develop a world class leadership development framework to raise up the next generation of leaders to advance God’s mission.
If you aren’t giving yet, would you prayerfully consider how God could be calling you to take your next step?
If you are already giving, maybe one of these vision lanes connects with you. Would you be willing to give above and beyond toward one of these lanes, if God is leading you?
We’d love for you to be a part of what God is already doing at Traders Point in each of these vision lanes. Your generosity makes an incredible impact!
*We are One Fund, which provides support for all ministries of the church as well as support for our many local and global strategic partners and vision lanes.
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