Impact Your World Equips People for Ministry
The Voice of Hope Church in Lakewood, Wash., with an average attendance of 12, sent their whole congregation to the Washington Conference's Impact Your World retreat and found new energy for ministry.
Sixteen Voice of Hope representatives, alongside nearly 200 other people, participated in instructive and inspirational workshops for Bible workers and prayer warriors. The congregation went home from the retreat, decided to hold a 40-hour period of fasting and prayer, watched their weekly attendance grow to 22 people and welcomed three new members through baptism — all in one month's time.
The annual Impact Your World retreat began four years ago as an opportunity for ministry trainers to provide instructive workshops and nurture an active network of Bible workers and prayer warriors.
"The retreat is designed to equip people to make a difference for God, whether they are just getting started in ministry and unsure what to do, or well established in sharing their faith," says Gayle Lasher, Washington Conference Bible worker trainer.
In addition, participants have the opportunity to commit or recommit their lives to God through a communion and anointing service.
"I hear from people months and even a year after they attend the retreat that they are continuing to share their faith with their family, friends, neighbors and coworkers," says Lasher.
The next retreat will be held March 30–April 1, 2012, and will feature Mike and Gayle Tucker and other presenters. Discover more at washingtonconference.org/impact.