We praise God that we not only sense the direction He’s leading Walnut Hill, but also clearly see the road ahead for Walnut Hill in our next chapter. The road has four lanes that stretch out for years to come. Each lane is an area we are passionately pursuing – we call these our Driving Initiatives.
- Ignite Prayer and Worship
- Ignite Faith
- Ignite Our Witness
- Ignite Our Compassion
In November 2016, our lead pastors gathered all of Walnut Hill together to share the details of our Driving Initiatives.* To open the night, lead pastor, Adam DePasquale, shared how these initiatives were born. You can listen below.
1. Ignite Prayer and Worship
We want to see thousands of Christ-followers of all ages wholeheartedly seeking God and enjoying time with Him. It is the foundation of our faith, and it is the starting point of every renewal and revival.
The disciples would regularly ask, “Where is Jesus?” The answer? Jesus would often sneak away and find a solitary place to meet with His Father. The heart of Christianity can be described in one word – relationship. God made a way through His son, Jesus, for us to be reconciled to Him and have our relationship restored.
Listen as lead pastor, Brian Mowrey, shares about what it means to ignite prayer and worship.*
The Road Ahead
Igniting a passion for worship and prayer is our focus this year (September 2016-August 2017). In order to equip you and create an environment where you can enjoy time with God, we are committed to providing:
- First 20 Prayer Challenge
- Unity in Diversity
- Excellence in Worship Services
- Multi-Campus Worship Gatherings
- Greater Reliance on the Holy Spirit
2. Ignite Faith
We are challenging each person to embrace a relational discipleship framework for seeing God ignite faith – in me, in us and in others.
In 2010, it was estimated that 2.2 billion people (31% of the world’s population) around the world identified themselves as followers of Jesus. How did the faith grow from only 12 disciples? The answer … Jesus taught His followers how to grow in relationship with God and, in the power of the Holy Spirit, called them to invest in the lives of others.
No matter how many years we have known Jesus, all of us are called to go further in our relationship with Him. In this next chapter of ministry, we want to see thousands of people of all generations growing both in their knowledge of Jesus Christ and in their commitment to follow Him.
The Road Ahead
Beginning September 2017, we are challenging the church to embrace a relational discipleship model illustrated here. We are calling this two part journey My Crew. Listen as our lead pastors talk through this discipleship framework.*
Relational Discipleship Model
3. Ignite Our Witness
We desire for the number of new believers to exponentially increase as we continue to strengthen and grow our current campuses, launch new ones, and invest in the broader New England Church.
Although nearly 15 million people call New England home, it is estimated that less than 1 million have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Studies indicate that New England is the least churched region in the United States.
With sharing Jesus at the heart of who we are, we praise God for the more than 1,200 individuals who have surrendered their lives to Jesus through the ministry of Walnut Hill in the past eight years. Looking toward the future, we are hungry to see God do even more!
Listen as lead pastor, Adam DePasquale, shares the future expansion and partnership opportunities for igniting our witness in New England.*
The Road Ahead
We are committed to following God’s lead in the areas of:
- Campus Strengthening and Growth
- Evangelistic Training
- Innovative Outreach Initiatives
- Campus Expansion
- Serve as a Regional Resource
- Engage with New England Ministry
4. Ignite Our Compassion
We want to radically step out of our comfort zones and become known throughout our communities as those who truly care for others and get involved in helping to address the most difficult issues of our day.
“Why are you talking with them?” This question would often go through the disciples’ minds as Jesus stopped and spent time with the seemingly most unlikely people. Throughout Scripture, we see the clear call to care for and become the voice of the most vulnerable … windows, orphans, needy, oppressed, enslaved, afflicted and forgotten.
With human trafficking taking place in our neighborhoods, fatherless boys and girls looking for mentoring support, homelessness readily among us and every kind of brokenness imaginable, we believe that the church is the answer to our hurting world.
Hear from lead pastor, Craig Mowrey, about our current Church in Action partnerships.*
The Road Ahead
The biblical call to help and serve the oppressed and hurting is real and is on each of us. So that we can be a part of a bold, loving solution to our hurting world, we are committed to:
- Equipping Our Walnut Hill Family to Engage and Serve
- Partnering With Churches and Organizations in the Fight Against Human Trafficking in Connecticut and Around the World
- Working Alongside Strategic Partners in Our Communities and Around the World to Care for the Most Vulnerable
Be challenged by the call to be bold in your love from lead pastor, Adam DePasquale.*
We need your help!
Traveling this road requires our collective prayers and commitment. As you hear about specific action plans, projects and initiatives, don’t sit on the side of the road! Get involved and be a part of all that God has in store in this next chapter of Walnut Hill!
*Audio was captured at the All-Church Gathering, November 18, 2016, at the Bethel Campus. You can listen to the full event (including a musical greeting from the lead pastors) here.
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