“Our ministry is rooted and grounded in doing the things that the Lord calls us to do. We look at ourselves as a ministry that has a Kingdom focus. We strive to be a point of light wherever they are, where people are drawn to us and we can encourage them.” –Sandy Pope, Head of Points of Light Lay Ministry
This week, I, Joy Jenkins, got to chat with Sandy Pope, the head of the Points of Light Lay Ministry. She has been attending Bridgeway for about 12 years, and has been carrying out the work the God has called her to do here in our church. I had the privilege of asking her some questions on her involvement in Bridgeway and what the Points of Light Lay Ministry is all about.
How long have you been involved in the points of light ministry?
SP: This ministry grew from another ministry. In 2008, I started the Connection Corner Ministry, ministering to new Christians who gave their life in the church service. In 2014, Pastor David asked for us to expand Connection Corner to have some presence of people providing spiritual support in the church lobby. So, that’s how Points of Light got started. It grew from 20 to 65 people. We now have people serving in Connection Corner, Lobby Lay Ministers, and an Alter Prayer Team.
What is the main purpose of the points of light ministry?
SP: Our goal is to provide spiritual support for those who may need help during the Bridgeway service, and to ask help for what they need to do to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. We also want to reach out to people who we have noticed have been attending our church for a while, but haven’t talked to many people. We notice them and invite them in. Our ministry verse is 2nd Corinthians 1:3-5.
How can one get involved?
SP: Well, one can’t just volunteer. You really have to be secure in your relationship with Jesus Christ. You need to be passionate and confident in knowing how to pray with people, how to lead someone to faith in Jesus and know scripture. You would need to apply, and know, the mission statement and see if this is something you can do. You don’t have to be a spiritual giant, but you would need to be strong in your relationship with God to be able to encourage someone else along the way.
Sandy has been leading a “Learn to Share Your Faith” seminar for seven years. This seminar teaches Christians about how to share their faith in Christ with others. “We need to confidently share with people what it means to have a good relationship with Jesus,” Sandy says. “We’re trying to get more involved with instilling evangelism and have new disciples. We want to arm people with the Gospel of peace, and in a way where they can share their faith with others.”
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter, 3:15.
Sandy says, “This is where God has planted me to do this work. In this ministry we are aligning ourselves with Christ, loving people back to life when they’re hurting, and encouraging them to trust HIM and know that He will help them and deliver them. God loves them, He hasn’t forgotten them, He sees them.”
For more information, please contact Sandy at: firstname.lastname@example.org