Thirty days until Lifehouse Newport News officially launches on Sunday, September 17 at the Regal Theaters in Kiln Creek!    We have been hard at work purchasing a ton of equipment, putting together marketing materials, getting our teams trained, and praying for every person on the Peninsula. And, in the next  30  days, everything many people have dreamt of, worked for, gave to, and prayed for will happen… Lifehouse Newport News will officially launch.   Oh yes, there is still a lot to do. And, since you asked (may I assume you did?), there are still ways you can help and partner. Here’s how:    1) You can join our launch team.  What is the launch team? It's a team of people who say we will pray, serve, and give to help this church off the ground. There’s a place for you no matter who you are, what you’ve done, or where you are in your walk with God. Love on some kids, greet guest, direct traffic, serve coffee…there’s a place for you. Email me at  john@lifehousenewportnews.com  for more info on our next launch team meeting. You can also get more info at  TheaterChurchNN.com .   2) Participate in our 30 for 30 campaign . As we approach our launch date, we have a few more items to purchase in various areas. To help with this, we are asking everybody to give  $30  in the next  30  days until we reach our $7,000 goal. Donating is safe, quick and easy through YouCare Crowd Funding! Click  HERE .  Thank you in advance for your help and partnership as Lifehouse Newport News approaches its launch. So much goodness is on the way and we can’t wait to share what God does in and through LHNN!   - Pastor John Ware

Thirty days until Lifehouse Newport News officially launches on Sunday, September 17 at the Regal Theaters in Kiln Creek! 

We have been hard at work purchasing a ton of equipment, putting together marketing materials, getting our teams trained, and praying for every person on the Peninsula. And, in the next 30 days, everything many people have dreamt of, worked for, gave to, and prayed for will happen… Lifehouse Newport News will officially launch. 

Oh yes, there is still a lot to do. And, since you asked (may I assume you did?), there are still ways you can help and partner. Here’s how: 

1) You can join our launch team. What is the launch team? It's a team of people who say we will pray, serve, and give to help this church off the ground. There’s a place for you no matter who you are, what you’ve done, or where you are in your walk with God. Love on some kids, greet guest, direct traffic, serve coffee…there’s a place for you. Email me at john@lifehousenewportnews.com for more info on our next launch team meeting. You can also get more info at TheaterChurchNN.com.

2) Participate in our 30 for 30 campaign. As we approach our launch date, we have a few more items to purchase in various areas. To help with this, we are asking everybody to give $30 in the next 30 days until we reach our $7,000 goal. Donating is safe, quick and easy through YouCare Crowd Funding! Click HERE.

Thank you in advance for your help and partnership as Lifehouse Newport News approaches its launch. So much goodness is on the way and we can’t wait to share what God does in and through LHNN! 

- Pastor John Ware

50 Days

50 Days

Well, here we are… 50 days until Lifehouse Newport News officially launches on Sunday, September 17 at the Regal Theaters in Kiln Creek. When my family and I embarked on this journey in October of 2016, there were a lot of unknowns… 

How would we raise money to plant a church? How would we recruit a launch team? Where in the world would we have church at? Are we ready for this? 

From October 2016 until this point, we have seen God’s goodness and faithfulness in so many ways. Churches, individuals, and church planting networks have come along side of us and given generously to Lifehouse Newport News. Through relationships and the beauty of social media, we have recruited over 50 adults (and counting) to our launch team. Hundreds of people throughout the world are praying for us. We have found an incredible location to meet at - Regal Theaters in Kiln Creek. And, Kristen and I completed the church planting residency program through the Lifehouse Network. 

So. Much. Goodness. 

But, there is still a lot of work to do. Over the next 50 days we will be having launch team meetings, visiting other churches that meet in movie theaters, doing prayer walks, robust marketing, buying and assembling all of our equipment, as well as planning through the end of 2017 for our upcoming sermon series, Life Groups, and outreaches.

There’s still plenty of opportunity for anybody to jump on board and help Lifehouse Newport News launch. Here are a few ways:

1) You can join our launch team. What is the launch team? It's a team of people who say we will pray, serve, and give to help this church off the ground. There’s a place for you no matter who you are, what you’ve done, or where you are in your walk with God. Go to www.theaterchurchNN.com for more info. 

2) You can give financially. Currently, we have come up short on our launch budget goal, but there’s still time. To give and to see life change happen, you can go to www.givetolifehouse.com and follow the simple instructions. All monetary donations are tax deductible. 

3) You can participate in the Lifehouse Newport News ONLINE Church Shower. Just as a baby shower helps new parents start their journey into parenthood, this ONLINE church shower will help us start our journey of planting Lifehouse Newport News. We have made a wish list on Amazon that has items needed for the different environments of Lifehouse Newport News. Everything from children, to office equipment, to hospitality, and more. There are items for every budget and every purchase makes a HUGE difference. You can access the list HERE.

For those of you reading who have partnered with us in any way… by prayer, giving financially, attending a fundraiser or offering kind, encouraging words, we want to say THANK YOU. We look forward to sharing what God does in and through Lifehouse Newport News with you in the future. We invite you to join on a Sunday morning once we launch to see first hand how you’ve made Lifehouse Newport News possible. Until then, we pray God’s blessing on you, your family, and church.

- Pastor John Ware

5Gs: GROUPS & GIVING

Hey everyone,

Pastor John here… As part of the vision of our church, we have what we call the 5Gs…. Grace, Gatherings, Groups, Giving, and Growth. Today, I’ve asked my sister, Lacey, to share an amazing experience about a group she led for 15 years. It’s a miraculous giving story, too, I think you’ll find inspiring and encouraging. So, without further ado…

I had known Angie and her adult daughter, Rachel, for a long time. We’d been in the same church, the same LifeGroup and were students in my adult dance classes. Even with fifteen years of friendship between us, Angie and Rachel were very private people. If something was wrong, you’d never know it. Life had taught them to be strong. Resilient. Handle-it-themselves kind of determined. Be strong for everyone else and don’t show your weakness kind of people.

I knew something was wrong when Angie and Rachel grew distant, quit coming to dance class, and when they did come to LifeGroup their countenance was concerning. Knowing their value of privacy, I expressed concern and asked if there was anything I could do to help. As expected, they said no. But, I knew something was wrong and decided to commit the matter to prayer. 

The very next night, I received an email from Rachel with a detailed explanation of their situation… They were facing eviction

My heart broke for them as I read the email. I knew I had to do something, but I didn’t know what...

The next day, I went with them to speak to their apartment manager. There, I learned they need $1,700 in 48 hours in order to avoid eviction. As we sat there talking to the manager, I sent a text to our LifeGroup about the situation. Within 10 minutes, I received replies raising every penny of what they needed. People who didn’t even know them gave to help. 

I can’t explain how it felt to be able to look at the manager and say,

Ma’am, you will have a check for $1,700 in 24 hours. Rachel and Angie have a group of people who love them and will not allow them to be evicted. You’ll see me around this time tomorrow.

The look on Angie and Rachel’s faces were, in the words of an American Express commercial, PRICELESS

We ended up raising more than they needed, allowing them to use the left over money to buy groceries and pay utilities! 

It was truly a miracle! And, you realize how God performed this miracle, right? … Through people. Through a group of giving people who said we’re not loners - we are family. That’s why groups and giving are vital to our journey of faith. We need people. They need us. Jesus didn't walk through life alone - and neither should we! 

With tears in her eyes, I’ll never forget what Angie said to me… 

You know… I always knew you liked us, but now I know you love us.

And, that to me, was PRICELESS

5Gs: GATHERINGS

Take a moment and think about the best concert you’ve ever been to….

OK, the moment is up. 

Now let me ask you this: What were some of the determining factors that led to your conclusion? 

For me, after doing this exercise, I came up with the following: 

  • Not only did I highly enjoy the band’s sound, but more so, the message in their songs. I believed in them. Their songs encouraged me to be a better person. They spoke to me at certain, critical moments in my life. 
  • The sense of togetherness and unity with the rest of the crowd regardless of race, social economic background, beliefs about politics, religion, or a myriad of other issues.
  • The feeling of I’m not the only one in the world who likes this band.
  • The live, production experience with great sound engineering and lighting effects. 

I’m sure there are a few more reasons we could all name, but my guess is these four are somewhat on everybody’s radar. Concerts are powerful reminders to us (sometimes good or bad) about the power and purpose of coming together to experience something and somebody. As discussed in my last blog, at Lifehouse, our mission is to see people experience life change through Christ. And, to see life change, we have laid out five commitments…5 Gs - That if committed to and lived out, will bring life change through Christ. 

The first G was Grace. To read about it click HERE

The second G we are going to look at today is Gatherings. This is defined more plainly for our context as a weekly service where Christians, non-Christians, skeptics, atheist, the spiritually curious, straight, gay, married, single, divorced, have kids, don’t have kids, rich, poor, good people, bad people, old and young can connect into community. To sing songs about Jesus. Hear teaching done in a relevant, Biblical way. Have the opportunity to respond in faith by grace to Jesus. Take communion together that symbolizes Jesus’ sacrifice. And, pray for each other.  

I hope this clearly defines the main purposes of our weekly gathering as Lifehouse Newport News. 

We believe as we gather together in Jesus’ name, throw out the labels mentioned above, and realize at the foot of the cross of Christ, we are all equal and in desperate need of saving, life change happens

As people sing to and about the One greater than themselves who loves them, cares for them, and died for them, life change happens

Who submit themselves to the teaching of Scripture and not just hear it, but apply it to their lives, life change happens.

Who with glad, sincere, and introspective hearts repent and willfully submit their past, present, and future to Jesus and partake of communion as a symbol of the power of His life, death, and resurrection, life change happens.

Who gladly take time to hear each others stories and pray for each others needs, life change happens.  

Unfortunately, it’s common today for many Christians to view a weekly gathering unnecessary in their faith journey of following Christ. They view it as a concert and as a result, don’t go - and worse, even criticize those that do. And, I’m not going to get in a theological argument over gather weekly or the method we choose to use to communicate the gospel. 

But, like a good concert where the music sounds good, the message has meaning, the people present have one common thread between them despite their myriad of differences, and everybody is reminded they’re not the only people on earth who like this band, a weekly church gathering should do these things and more for everybody who attends.  

Gatherings will be important to us. They won’t be our one and only focus, but they will be a focus. We will strive to make sure the music sounds good and the other creative elements are tight. We will preach and teach messages from the Bible that will apply to people’s lives. We will strive to make everybody feel loved and accepted. We want them to know they are not alone, there is a purpose to their pain, and in the end, Jesus wins.  

5Gs: GRACE

The vision and purpose of Lifehouse Church is to see people experience life change through Christ. In John 10:10, Jesus said that he has come to give people life - a better life than they ever dreamed of. To me, if it’s good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for us, so we want to join Him in bringing life change to the Peninsula.  

But, for anything in our lives to change, whether it’s our physical bodies or our faith journey - there has to be some factors that are a catalyst to see change happen. For example, if the goal for your physical body was to change the way you look by losing weight, there would be some commitments you would have to make. Such as:

  • Make the conscious decision.
  • Go to the gym.
  • Get in a workout group to hold you accountable.
  • Research and implement a new way of eating.
  • Possibly mentor and teach someone else what you’re learning.
  • Lastly, commit to see the process through.

I guarantee, if you follow the aforementioned steps, you will change the way you look by losing weight.  

It’s the same way with our faith journey. As a Christ follower, the whole point in this Jesus journey is to see our lives change by us becoming more and more like Jesus; essentially, experiencing life change through Christ

To see this change happen, there are some commitments you have to make. For us at Lifehouse, we’ve identified 5 G’s that if committed to, will help you or anybody experience life change through Christ.  

The first G is Grace. I love that word so much, whether saying it or typing it. The word grace, according to the Greek (the original language the Bible was written in), defines grace as the unmerited favor of God. Unmerited…meaning this: You can’t earn it. You can’t buy it. You can’t do enough good works to lose it or gain it. It is….given. 

Here’s the truth…Grace changes everything. It is God’s grace found in Jesus Christ that changed the game on the spiritual playing field. When Jesus came on the scene and lived the life we couldn’t live (a perfect sinless life), died the death we deserved (on the cross), and resurrected from the dead to defeat Satan, sin, and death, He forever opened a way to know God that isn’t based upon our works or behavior. But, on His work on the cross. No more was it about us doing enough good things to earn God’s approval; Instead, it became about what Jesus did and freely gives to us by grace through faith.  

Ephesians 2:8-9 says, 

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 

The beautiful thing about grace is it frees us to not live for God’s approval, but from God’s approval. 

It’s because of God’s grace that we WANT to live for Jesus; not a HAVE TO, so He doesn’t punish us. 

Grace means that God is pursuing us. Pastor Steven Furtick likes to say, grace will chase you down! I love that, don't you? 

Ultimately, grace is what makes following Jesus different from any other religion. And it’s because of this grace that life change not only begins, but flourishes, as grace doesn’t just save us, but it sustains us. And, at Lifehouse we believe and are committed to preaching, teaching, and demonstrating grace as a church and as a sacred commitment to see life change happen.

So, let me ask you, do you want to go on a grace-filled journey of seeing life change on the Peninsula? I can guarantee it will be an adventure of a lifetime. 

The Main Thing: LifeChange Through Christ

I’ve heard it said the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. Typically, this statement is given in business books as a reminder for businesses to keep their main purpose in front of them. But, when I think about this statement, it is vitally important for the Church as well. Unfortunately, when many people hear the word church, many adjectives come into their mind: judgmental… selfish… bigots… out dated… unloving… and the list could go on and on. 

In many ways I don’t think it’s fair the Church gets painted with a wide brush because of people who do un-Christ-like things in the name of Christ. I believe many churches aren’t focused on the main thing, and the main thing is sharing the Gospel and seeing it change lives.  

Jesus said while He was speaking publicly and recorded in John 10:10, I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. (MSG) Here, Jesus states the reason for Him coming was to give people life… a better one than they ever dreamed of.  

And that is the main thing of Lifehouse Newport News. We will be a church that helps people experience life change through Christ, and equip them to live a life better than they ever dreamed of.

Fortunately for some and unfortunately for others, this life change through Christ and Him helping us live a better life than we ever dreamed of is a process, because when Jesus came on the scene, he completely redefined what a good life was; and it ticked some people off and gave others hope.  

Lifehouse believes life change through Christ happens when people commit to and live out five G’s. Over the next few blogs, we will explore these five G’s in greater detail and see how authentic, lasting life change happens. 

My Story: Part 2

It took a week to wake up and realize the nightmare was just a bad dream… My life was going to stay the same. Crisis averted. Whew! What a relief! My mistake wasn’t going to change my life forever. Yeah, my mistake didn’t change my life, but I knew something had to change or else I’d continue down the wrong path.

So, I started with what I thought was best….I broke up with my girlfriend and decided to get back into church. 

A friend told me he heard there were pretty girls at Bethel Temple’s youth group. Being the single man I now was, I decided to go and check it out. (God sure does know how to motivate us, doesn’t He? Hilarious!) 

My friend was absolutely right. There were plenty of pretty girls there! However, during that night something was different. As I walked into the youth group, I was greeted by some of the most loving, genuine teens and adults I had ever met. They asked me questions about myself and they genuinely listened, even through my stuttering voice. 

The songs they sang actually sounded good. The sermon spoke to me in a way it never had before. And when the youth pastor gave the invitation to accept Christ, something inside me broke and I knew it was time for me to surrender.  

I received Christ that night. I felt complete acceptance. No longer abandoned, but knowing Jesus was for me. 

I went to pick up girls and got picked up by Jesus.

From that moment on, my life was never the same. My mom would always tell me, When you got it, you got it! 

I immediately joined a small group. I served on the greeter team at the youth group. I joined a 6 week summer discipleship program. I started a Bible study at my school. I didn’t do these things to earn God’s love and favor. I did these things because Jesus had changed my life and I wanted others to experience change in their own life. I had found something in church I hadn’t found in many other places… Acceptance, love, and place to belong. 

From the inside out I was a completely new person. I had love for people I knew didn’t love me back. I had a joy that wasn’t based on my circumstances. I had a heart to serve instead of being served. And, most of all, God gave me a heart for His people, the Church. 

My journey led me to Masters Commission Mid Atlantic in Hagerstown, MD where I stayed for four years, and eventually obeyed the calling to enter into youth ministry. 

After 10 years of youth ministry, I am now pursuing starting a church in my hometown of Newport News, VA. 

Lifehouse Church will be the kind of place where I encountered the life-changing power of Christ… a place of love, acceptance and belonging. A place that doesn’t dwell on what you’ve done, but focuses on where you’re headed. A place where there is hope, joy, and life. 

Lifehouse Church. Lifehouse Newport News.

My Story: Part 1

During this church planting journey, I’ve had the opportunity to take part in training that has truly been life changing. As a prequel to these trainings, I’ve had to complete many assignments. One in particular focused on the why of my desire to plant a church. Their logic is when you find your why for church planting, you find the kind of church you want to plant

So, to help me find my why, they had me write my story. Even though I thought this was a stupid exercise, I did it anyway. And, well, I’ll say this… these church planting trainers know what they’re doing! 

As I wrote my story, I’ve concluded the kind of church God has called me to plant is a conglomeration and microcosm of my own story. So, over the next few blogs, I will share my story with you - which is the why behind Lifehouse Newport News.

I always joke when I say I was born on the pew at Bethel Temple Church in Hampton, VA. This isn’t true, but it sure felt like it. From my earliest days, I remember being at church. When I was two years old, my mom served in Children’s ministry as the Pre-School Director. Once my sister and I were out of the pre-school age range, she went on to manage the church book store. For as long as I can remember, she was there every time the doors were open - which meant I was too. 

I was at church for at least four to five hours on Sundays and a few hours on Wednesdays - either being in kid’s church or helping mom in the bookstore. I responded to (just a guess) over 100 altar calls in kid’s church to receive Christ - just because I wanted to get up and do something! 

Although I spent all of this time in church and accepted Him as a child, I fell away from God in my teenage years. It was then I went on a journey to find acceptance because honestly, I had always, in some way, felt like an outsider. 

See, I have something only one percent of the world has, and that is: I stutter. 

It is something I’ve dealt with my whole life. It got really intense in my teenage years. It made me feel alone, abandoned, and like I said, an outcast. I was so lost inside and to find acceptance, I focused on sports, fun, friends, and girls. Needless to say, Jesus and the Church were not on my radar. In fact, I was angry at God because I stuttered. 

It’s not surprising my search for acceptance led me to hang around the wrong crowd. 

I’ll never forget my rock bottom moment. There I was, a 15 year-old boy, sitting in my room, trying to wrap my mind around the news - that if confirmed - would change my life forever

I sat there thinking about all the decisions I had made that got me to this point. 

How did I get here? If this is true, what’s going to happen to the rest of my life?

That night, for some reason, I picked up a Bible that was in my room and turned to 2 Corinthians 1 and started reading. Verses 3-4 say this: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

A compassionate God met me right where I was that night. His comfort and grace sought me and found me. But, I wouldn’t let Him change my life just yet, but it was definitely the start of my wake up call. 

When I think of the thousands of people who, like me, hit their rock bottom - That’s WHY I want Lifehouse to exist. I want them to have a safe place to find comfort, grace and the life-changing power of an encounter with Jesus.

When I think of the thousands of people who, like me, feel like an outcast for whatever their reason is - That’s WHY I want Lifehouse to exist. I want them to know they are loved and accepted exactly as they are. There’s no need to clean up or get their life together in order to be worthy of acceptance. 

I get excited just thinking about how God is going to use Lifehouse to bring life change to the people on the Peninsula. 

Back to my story.. A week later, I did indeed find out if my life would change forever. In true cliffhanger fashion, you’ll have to wait till I release the next blog post to find out.

Stay tuned…

Pastor John

Why the Name Lifehouse?

Since announcing the Ware Family is planting a church called Lifehouse in Newport News in 2017, people have asked why we are calling it Lifehouse.

The short answer is: We are a part of the Lifehouse Church Network 

The long answer is the reason for this blog. So, please let me explain why we are calling our church Lifehouse…. 

After I graduated high school in 2001 (Lord Jesus, I’m getting old!), I took a gap year to figure out what I wanted to do. After much prayer, I decided to attend a ministry training program called Masters Commission. The easy decision would've been to attend the Masters Commission at my church in Hampton, VA, but I wanted to get away from home and grow up a little.  

While serving as a youth leader at my church, I met a guy who was starting a new Masters Commission program in Hagerstown, MD. I had never heard of Hagerstown before, but for some reason, I felt led to pursue enrollment there. After filling out the application and going through the interview process, I didn’t feel at peace with the decision. However, I played the fleece card with God and said: God, if you want me to go here, give me a sign. And I believe He did.  

The next day at church, my friend’s mom, who I consider a second mom, handed me an envelope and said she felt God told her to give it to me. There was a check for $1,500 in it and she told me to put towards whatever the next step was. That was the sign I needed. Hagerstown, HERE I COME!  

When I arrived in Hagerstown for Masters Commission, there were 4 students... total. Being familiar with other Masters Commission programs, I knew this was extremely low enrollment. However, I believed God wanted me there, so I determined to give it everything I had. My first year in the program came and went. I grew a lot and still believed I had made the right decision, so I decided to come back for a second year.   

During my second year, I was a part of a practicum where I was assigned to a church planter named Patrick Grach. The church I was at in Hagerstown was planting a new church in a different part of the city, and Patrick Grach was going to lead it. They assigned me and four other college students to help him. We worked alongside Patrick as he was at the beginning stages of the church; so much so, we were asking and answering foundational questions like: 

  • What kind of church should this be? 
  • What are we going to name it? 
  • How will we take up the offering?
  • How should we do evangelism?

It was a blast to work alongside Patrick during this process, and as I look back, it sparked a desire inside of me to one day plant a church.  

One day in particular, Patrick asked our team, what would be a good name for a church? I blurted out my first thought: What about Lifehouse?! Patrick’s face lit up with a Whoa, that’s a great idea... look and said he really liked it. A few months later, The Lifehouse was launched by Patrick.  

Fast forward 13 years to 2016. During this time, Lifehouse Church in Hagerstown has grown to more than 1,800 in weekly attendance at their two campuses. In addition, Patrick started the Lifehouse Church Network to plant churches and train church planters. 

When Kristen and I decided to pursue the call to plant a church, the first place I turned to was Patrick and The Lifehouse Network. We talked, prayed, and planned. Now, here we are - Lifehouse Newport News launches on September 17, 2017.  

When I set off for Hagerstown in 2002, I had no idea I would help a church plant that would eventually help me plant my church... That I would name my church 13 years before I would plant it, and through Lifehouse, hopefully plant hundreds of more church in the US and beyond.  

There is a lot more to this story I didn’t share, so if you’re interested, I’d love to sit down with you over coffee (my treat) and share the whole story. It truly is a God-story I am honored to be a part of and it shows when God calls you to do something, go somewhere, or help someone out, just do it. You never know what it could possibly set in motion.  

If you’d like to grab coffee and hear the full story, shoot me an e-mail to john@lifehousenewportnews.church.  

 

So, We're Planting a Church

If you would have asked me at 16 years-old what I would be doing with my life at 34, there would have been thousands of answers I would have given besides planting a church. But, at this point in my life, if you said, John, what is the one thing you would want to do with your life if you had the guts and faith to do it? My answer would be: to plant a church.

Well, here we are. 

For six years I told God if He gave me enough faith I would plant a church. Essentially, I was saying to God, When I feel like I'm ready I'll plant a church. It's similar to what many aspiring parents say, We will have kids when we are ready

Well, what I've realized with church planting, just like having kids, is I'll never be ready; there will never be the perfect cirumcstances to plant a church, as there will never be the perfect circumstances to have a child. 

What I have found is with God, faith requires action. It takes you stepping out on what God is saying to you. Yes, I believe there is good, even perfect timing. But, often we delay God working in our lives until we feel that we are ready - when in reality you'll never be ready - you just have to step out in faith and believe God at His word. 

So, that's what we are doing.

Without a doubt, there is nothing else I would rather be doing. Not many people get the opportunity to fulfill their dreams, but I do. I feel blessed, humbled, scared, in over my head, yet expectant like a kid on Christmas Eve of what God will do through Lifehouse Newport News

Lifehouse Newport News will officially launch Sunday, September 17, 2017. In the mean time, there is a lot of work to be done. Currently, my family and I have the privilege of serving at Lifehouse Virginia Beach as Assistant Pastors while we work and build Lifehouse Newport News. 

Lifehouse Virginia Beach is two-years-old and is already a healthy, self sustaining, growing church, led by Pastor Brandon Shank. Kristen and I consider ourselves blessed - almost so blessed that we could call ourselves lucky (but, of course, as Christians we don’t use that term 😃). We are honored to be a part of Lifehouse Virginia Beach and learn the ins and outs of church planting from a great leader and church.

Over the next few months, through this blog, I will keep you updated on how building Lifehouse Newport News is going. In the mean time, the Ware family asks you to:

  • Pray for The Ware's. Specifically pray for guidance, direction, resources, timing, and wisdom.
  • Put Lifehouse Newport News on the prayer team’s list at your church.
  • Prayerfully consider if God would have you be a part of bringing life change through Christ to Newport News and the surrounding Peninsula - whether by joining the launch team or partnering with us financially. I would love to talk with you more about this over coffee (my treat!). Email me at john@lifehousenewportnews.church to set up time and place.  Or, if you're out of the area, we can set up a meeting over Skype.

It’s going to be a life-altering, fun, insane adventure, and we look forward to sharing it with you.

John