Praying for the Spiritual Gift of Teaching

January 31, 2010

This week, we have a real treat coming as Laurie Ducatte brings the next message in our series on “Praying for Spiritual Gifts”.  As a career nurse, Laurie has had the opportunity to learn and teach nursing skills in several different contexts, including:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Teaching “hands-on” clinical skills
  • Modeling 

We can learn a lot about how God may be calling us to teach others how to follow Jesus by considering how He has used each of these diverse methods to teach us. 

We know that God has already gifted our church community with many skilled at teaching, such as Laurie!  And tonight we look forward to inviting God to stir up the spiritual gift of teaching in our congregation, in our community, and in the Body of Christ worldwide.

Come and join us tonight at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and bring a message on “Praying for Spiritual Gifts–Teaching:  Sharing God’s Truth”.

Community-Wide Concert of Prayer for Haiti

January 17, 2010


 I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power.
   I have told everyone in the great assembly
      of your unfailing love and faithfulness.
  Psalm 40:10b

Please join us as we follow the Spirit’s lead in gathering all kinds of Christians together to respond to the Haiti crisis.

We will be pouring out our hearts to God in music and prayer.

This is a “Come and Go” event. Share a few minutes or the entire evening with us on Haiti’s behalf.

WHAT:   Community-Wide Concert of Prayer for Haiti

WHEN:  Friday, January 22 from 6 to 10 PM, “Come and Go” format

WHERE:  Raytown Christian Church, 6108 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown


January 13, 2010


We are a praying that God would make the Raytown Vineyard a Praying Church in 2010.

Here’s why:

1)  We believe that while every church has a general mission to bring the reality of Jesus Christ to the community, we also believe that God calls each church to focus on specific areas of ministry. We have had an impression all along that the Raytown Vineyard Church has been called to be a praying church.  And as strong as this comment sounds, we believe that “either we will be a church that prays, or we will not be a church.”

2)  We believe that God is instructing us to “fill the church with Prayer”.  At its most basic level, this means that each time we meet, we are called to fill our gatherings with prayer.  But we also believe this means that for our church, our most productive strategy for growth will be prayer.

3)  We believe that God may be calling us to a unique role in participating with an actual “Prayer Movement” that we see taking place in the greater Raytown community, the Kansas City region, and beyond.

In response to these motives, we are issuing this 2010 Prayer Invitation to members of our Congregation, friends and family, and anyone else around the World who feels called to join us.  We are inviting people to prayerfully consider participating in any or all of the following seven activities:

  • Joining the Raytown Vineyard Church Intercessory Prayer Team
  • Maintaining an Unchurched Prayer Hotlist
  • Reading one Psalm each day
  • Taking the 2010 Pray Raytown Challenge—Praying 20 minutes each week for Raytown, and 10 minutes each week for either the Raytown Vineyard Church, or another church in the greater Raytown community.
  • Budgeting a financial investment in prayer
  • Fasting and Praying on Mondays
  • Praying God’s leading on cheerfully giving financially to the Raytown Vineyard Church

Last Sunday, we rolled out this invitation, and many people have already responded.  Over the next few days, we will be adding more details to the Invitation here on our website.  We will also be continuing to invite people to join in, whether members of the Raytown Vineyard Church, another church, or no church at all.   Would you consider praying with us?

Walking by Faith in 2010 as a Praying Church

January 9, 2010

Have you ever found it ironic that even in a church setting, prayer seems to easily become an afterthought, a ceremony, or even a way to functionally delineate the official beginning and end of a church event?

From the very beginning, we have believed that the Raytown Vineyard Church has been called to be a Praying Church.  We have the impression that either we will become a church that prays, or we will stop being a church.

In 2010, we will be issuing an invitation to each person connected to the Raytown Vineyard to help us in our passionate plea to become a Praying Church.

On Sunday night, we will be opening the Bible and looking at 2 Corinthians 5:1-10.  We will be asking God to help us become a Praying Church by inviting folks to join in a variety of prayer activities.

In every case, becoming a Praying Church will require that we learn more clearly than ever how to be a people who “walk by faith, and not by sight”.  Isn’t that always what it means to follow Jesus?

Raytown Vineyard Church Concludes 1st Year of Supporting Community Partners

January 7, 2010

From the very beginning, God has asked us to be a tithing church–where we give away the first 10% of our church’s income before we pay our bills.

As a new Raytown church completing our 1st year, we are committed to joining in with other ministries who are already doing effective ministry in our community.  This is a good opportunity for us to learn to be generous with no strings attached.

Thanks to God’s faithfulness through our generous congregation, we were able to give away over $7000 to community partners in the first year that we have been a church.

We have donated in Jesus’ name to these great organizations who are addressing critical physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs in the greater Raytown area :

Shepherd’s Center of Raytown

Kansas City Alpha Invitation

Hillcrest Ministries

River of Refuge Dreamcenter

Hope Network

Open Door Dinner Program at One Spirit Methodist Church

Raytown Emergency Assistance Program

Raytown Summer Lunch Ministry

Vineyard Overland Park—We were able to share a small donation with our “sending church” for their new building

Raytown Educational Foundation

Angel Tree

Hope Kitchen

Living Word Testament Church–Another church plant right here in Raytown.

We are 1 Year Old!

January 3, 2010

Please join us today as we celebrate our first year as a church!

We will be celebrating with a worship service at 5 PM, which will be followed with a Baptism and Potluck Dinner.