For over 40 years now, we have had the privilege to be a part of God's kingdom movement here at the Chapel. As we look ahead to the "Next 40" years that Jesus has for us, we look back to Acts 1:8 when He said:
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
We believe Jesus is calling us to be His witnesses and journey with Him toward four different ministry initiatives in this next season of church life. Three of these initiatives correlate to the regions where Jesus called His first disciples, as well as a fourth initiative that involves each person who calls the Chapel their church home.
Jerusalem: Worship Buddies
Judea & Samaria: Eastside Church
The end of the earth: Thailand
You – Our collective call to be Christ's witnesses wherever we are
"...you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem..." (Acts 1:8)
Jesus wanted His disciples to begin His mission right where they were; the place where they were already working, living, and experiencing God. Our "Jerusalem" for the Next 40 Campaign is our Worship Buddies ministry.
Why Worship Buddies?
God created everyone in His own image, and we want to more fully embrace worshipping together with people of all abilities. Worship Buddies is a Sunday morning ministry that breaks down barriers for children with special needs allowing them to participate in Children’s Ministry alongside their peers. We do so by pairing each child with their own “buddy”. Our buddies are trained to know and meet each child’s needs to make worship accessible for children of all abilities. This ministry allows parents freedom to attend adult worship and build community while confident that their child’s needs are being met. We feel called to expand this ministry to welcome more individuals with special needs of all ages and to extend beyond Sunday mornings.
We want Worship Buddies to be a ministry that is served with and by our brothers and sisters of all abilities, not just for them. This impactful ministry has outgrown our current Sunday morning realities, so we need to add space and staff to support and expand our ability to worship together with people of all abilities.
Estimated Cost: 24% of Next 40 Campaign budget ($366,000)
"...and in all Judea and Samaria,..." (Acts 1:8)
Jesus called His disciples to take His message to regions that were geographically close, and both culturally similar (Judea) and different (Samaria).
Why a Church Plant?
Even before a church plant was on our "ministry radar," Doug and Karen Bunn felt called to move to the eastern part of Williamsburg; now we know why. God has clearly been moving in the hearts of our leadership to continue to expand His kingdom by "triangulating Williamsburg" with the gospel of Jesus Christ. While our campus on John Tyler Highway is a wonderful gift that the Lord has given us, our physical location can limit us from saturating Williamsburg with the gospel. As we step into the “Next 40 years” of what Jesus wants to do in our midst, our first step in “triangulating Williamsburg” is to plant a church on the east side.
The existing property is in need of renovation in order to become a more ideal physical space for spiritual formation. We are still working with York County to gain the initial approvals before renovation can begin. The renovations include meeting space for Sunday morning worship, classrooms for children, a kitchen, bathrooms, and an administrative space. We will also have staffing and programming needs in addition to these changes to the physical space.
Estimated Cost: 49% of Next 40 Campaign budget ($750,000)
"...and to the end of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
Jesus commissioned His disciples to expand God's kingdom to areas that were geographically distant and culturally diverse. Our “end of the earth” involves deepening our partnership with ICM and its work in the country of Thailand.
God has guided our church to form a partnership through International Cooperating Ministries (ICM) and its work in Thailand. From where we sit in Williamsburg, Thailand is at the "end of the earth," and we are excited to see how God will use this partnership to establish and equip schools, train leaders, build churches, and combat the evils of the human trafficking industry that plague the country of Thailand.
We want to impact lives in the Thailand communities by:
- Helping to prevent human trafficking through education, schools, homes, and churches and providing a safe place and an education for kids.
- Equipping the nationals to do the work of the ministry.
- Planting a minimum of 10+ churches where there are no churches.
As we shine the light of the truth of the gospel in Thailand, we expect that God will bring healing, redemption, and hope to a people who have experienced great pain, suffering, and fear. We will greatly depend upon God's grace and provision as we follow His leading and serve as His witnesses on the other side of the globe.
Estimated Cost: 20% of Next 40 Campaign budget ($300,000)
4th Initiative: You!
There is a fourth initiative as part of our Next 40 Campaign: you! We believe that the gospel movement Jesus longs to see in our community is “bottom up” and not “top down.” We are asking everyone who calls the Chapel their church home to consider what fourth initiative Jesus is asking them to pursue as a part of His gospel movement. The monetary portion of the Next 40 Campaign allotted to the fourth initiative will be used to inform and inspire our community as we go on this journey together.
To help inform and inspire our community regarding what Jesus is doing through the fourth initiative, we want to hear your story of where God is calling you in this “Next 40 season” of our church’s life. To share your “Next 40” story, contact Hunter Ruch at .
Estimated Cost: 7% of Next 40 Campaign budget ($108,000)
Ways to Partner
We are asking everyone who calls the Chapel their church home to consider partnering with us on our “Next 40” journey. It's our conviction that we embark on this journey Everyone Together. We value both your spiritual partnership (through prayer) as well as your financial partnership (through giving). To partner and pray for our Next 40 Campaign, text next40prayer to 41411. Prayer is essential as we move forward in this next season of our church's life.
Alongside prayer, we welcome your financial partnership. As always, our first responsibility in giving is to the Chapel's General Fund. Your Faith Promise contribution is intended to be over and above your regular giving.
If you would like to make a Faith Promise or financial contribution to our Next 40 Campaign, click the button below:
If paying by check, please make checks payable to Williamsburg Community Chapel and indicate “Next 40” on the memo line. You may mail your gift to :
Williamsburg Community Chapel, re: Next 40
3899 John Tyler Highway
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. - 2 Corinthians 9:7-8
Next 40 Vision and FAQs
The Big Picture
We believe Jesus is calling us to journey with Him towards several initiatives in this "Next 40" season of our church. As we start this journey together, we are asking everyone who calls the Chapel their church home to watch this report from our 2018 Chapel Family Update: Annual Meeting Edition, which will help us move forward in unity.
As a family of faith, our next step is prayer. All throughout Scripture, we are reminded that “prayer precedes movement.” Please take some time to pray that God would not only anoint these three initiatives but also every “fourth initiative” as we remember that “I am W. C. Chapel.” (If these quotations leave you with questions, please be sure to watch the video above.)
We are grateful for Jesus’ provision in the past, His plan for the future, and His call to participate in His mission in the present. May Jesus lead us into the "Next 40" together.
- Q: What is the "Next 40"?
A: The "Next 40" represents four initiatives that, together, paint a picture of the strategic direction in which Jesus is calling us to move at the beginning of our Next 40-year journey as a family of faith.
- Q: What are the first three initiatives?
A: The first three initiatives are (1) a church plant on the east side of Williamsburg called Eastside Church in the Second Street area, (2) a Worship Buddies program expansion and build out of multi-purpose space for that program as well as other ministry programming, and (3) a deeper partnership with what our current missions partner ICM is doing to combat sexual exploitation, train nationals, and plant churches in Thailand.
- Q: What is the fourth initiative?
A: A major part of the "Next 40" includes a “fourth initiative,” and that fourth initiative is YOU! We believe that the Gospel movement Jesus longs to see in our community is “bottom up” and not “top down.” We are asking everyone who calls the Chapel their church home to consider what fourth initiative Jesus is asking them to pursue as a part of His Gospel movement. For more on the vision for the fourth initiative, please watch this video.
- Q: How long will it take to see these initiatives take shape?
A: While the timing of each initiative is unique to the character of that initiative, we believe that within three years each initiative will have made significant and substantive progress.
- Q: How much does all of this cost?
A: The total cost for all of the "Next 40" initiatives is approximately 1.524 million dollars.
- Q: When will the money be raised?
A: In the fall of 2018, the "Next 40" will be a prominent topic for our church family. The communication and conversations that take place throughout the fall will culminate on Commitment Sunday toward the end of November 2018. Commitment Sunday is our annual opportunity to commit or recommit to the mission Jesus has given His church. On Commitment Sunday, 2018, we will ask the Chapel Family to consider a three-year Faith Promise of spiritual and financial support to the "Next 40" campaign.
- Q: What is the significance of the number “40” in the title of the campaign?
A: In the Fall of 2016, the Chapel celebrated its 40th anniversary. At that time, our sermon series entitled "The Movement of God’s People" looked at the 40-day or 40-year journeys of God’s people throughout Scripture. We learned that the number 40 in the Bible represents both a time and a season. God has brought us through our first 40-year season of church life and we are grateful that, in His Providence, He is calling us into a "Next 40" together.
- Q: Is there a key Biblical passage for the "Next 40"?
A: Acts 1:1-8. These verses describe the first movement of Jesus’ ministry succinctly and outline the pattern for how the second movement is to proceed, from “Jerusalem” (where you are) to “Judea and Samaria” (close by but with different needs) and all the way to “the ends of the earth” (the Gospel is to go out well beyond our comfort zones).
- Q: What is the best next step I can take to be a part of the "Next 40"?
A: The best next step is prayer. We are convinced that “prayer precedes movement”. Pray for each of the three initiatives and ask God to reveal what “fourth initiative” He is calling you to pursue. When He reveals it to you, pray that you would have the courage to pursue it. To receive specific prayer requests for our Next 40 Campaign, text next40prayer to 41411.
- Q: Can I offer my input on the "Next 40" Campaign?
A: Yes! One of the Chapel’s core values is that we "Value Feedback". We believe the more fingerprints that touch the "Next 40," the more clearly we will see Jesus’ hand at work. You can offer feedback any time by clicking here.