This summer we rebranded and launched our VantagePoint Church retail outlet, The Shop. The project was a new and fun experience and provided me with something substantial to sink my teeth into as I navigated the release of my role as the Children’s Director and embraced my new journey as the Director of Operations. As the Children’s Director, my purpose in ministry was clearly defined and apparent: to provide a distraction free hour for parents to hear a message where they could learn how to become better spouses, parents and members of our community while simultaneously providing children with a fun and engaging experience that would help them develop an authentic relationship with Christ. So meaningful, right? So as the Director of Operations, how was I going to weave ministry and purpose into something like stocking a retail outlet in a church?
I have always embraced the belief that we can incorporate the will of Jesus in everything we do, and that God breathes opportunity into every conversation we have. The day The Shop opened something incredible happened, The Shop became a vibrant place where people naturally gravitated. I observed conversations and relationships developing between the team members serving at the register and our church body purchasing the products. New introductions were being made and people who were previously unknown were becoming seen.
Our very first collaboration was with our Local Outreach ministry when The Shop offered a BOGO bundle: buy a pencil case with a VantagePoint pencil and we will donate a backpack to our local Title 1 school. In just one day we sold enough pencil pouches to donate 125 quality backpacks to Vandermolen elementary! Collaborations that followed were with the Young Adults ministry providing discipleship bundles, with Mantle coffee who donates a generous portion of their profits to our local outreach efforts, and our latest initiative partnering with Global Outreach during our Christmas Marketplace at VantagePoint taking place each Sunday in December leading up to Christmas. Visit The Shop in the upcoming weeks to learn more about these global partners and to purchase their products (they make amazing Christmas gifts!):
More new products that you will find this season in The Shop include:
We can’t wait to see you at The Shop this season! The Shop is a non-profit retail outlet whose proceeds are given to our Local Outreach ministry to aide in their efforts of serving our community.
Director of Operations, VantagePoint Church