Serving Fayetteville to Impact The World
Everything we do we do for Jesus. We seek to make disciples. And, we strive to reach the one who we have yet to come in contact with.
We seek to intentionally minister to the Armed Forces in our city. Our purpose is to love God and to love people. Our passion is to share God’s love in both word and deed. We desire to love, serve, and practically minister to all military members, and their families, we meet.
Relational discipleship is at the core of all we do. This occurs in one-on-one relationships, and, in small group settings. We want to embrace, invest in, equip, and train the military to more effectively walk with Jesus Christ. So, when God moves them from this area, they are ready, and willing, to make disciples within the military context wherever they live.
Transitioning to Fayetteville and Fort Bragg
You would honor us by allowing us to help you smoothly transition into Fort Bragg. Our interests are not selfish. At The Village, we help lots of people, regardless of whether they choose to worship God with us, or not.
• Military Ministry Components •
We love the men and women in our Armed Forces. Part of our ministry to military families involves praying for them. Every Sunday, after the 11:00 o’clock worship service, we meet in the Coffee Shop to pray for military service members, and their families at home and abroad. Soon, we will have an Armed Forces room in our worship auditorium. It will serve two purposes: 1) As an informal gathering place for our military; and, 2) As a dedicated prayer room for them.
Pre-Deployment, Deployment, & Post Deployment
We desire to stay in touch with deployed service members, and their families. We send care packages several times a year to our deployed, as well as others, who share some connection with our faith family. We provide free resources which address the marital stresses of pre-deployment, deployment, post-deployment issues within military families. Additionally, we provide training on marriage and family wellness. If you are deploying soon, currently deployed, or, you have a friend, or family member who is deployed, please let us know. We have prayer partners who want to encourage, and stand in the gap, with you.
There are two primary discipleship forums in the military ministry – on-campus and off-campus life groups. We designed these groups to enhance our ability to start, build, and cultivate new relationships with both military and civilian members. The on-campus groups gather on Sunday morning. The off-campus groups meet at different nights during the week. The meeting times, and places, are driven by the people attending the groups. As our discipleship ministry grows, the off-campus groups will soon be meeting all around our city.
Honoring The Armed Forces
During the year, we highlight military service on Sundays – in conjunction with Memorial Day, the 4th of July, & Veterans Day. We honor former military members who have served our nation, as well as, those members who are currently serving our country. Additionally, we hold one special service during the year where we honor our men and women in the armed forces. On that day, we salute our military. And, after the service, we will provide a free meal to the active military members, and their families. It is just a simple tool we use to show our appreciation, and loving support, for the blanket of freedom the armed forces provide for all of us.
Partnerships & Collaborations
We are forming working partnerships with military chaplains so we can come alongside them providing assistance, ministry support, and service to the military. Additionally, because we seek to disciple the military, we are also forming ministry partnerships with para-church discipleship organizations – Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU), the Navigators, and Cadence International. Through these collaborative efforts we want to ensure every military member is engaged in a discipleship relationship that will impact his life. Our goal is to ensure God is glorified, and His Kingdom is expanded.
Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS)
MOPS exists to equip, encourage, and develop young moms just like you. It provides a forum to replenish mothers as they deal with life’s growing demands. It offers special speakers, crafts, brunch, true fellowship, and, oh by the way, you’ll have a blast being there. MOPS meets from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the campus Coffee Shop on the first and third Wednesday (September through May).
Transitioning from Fayetteville and Fort Bragg
Are you planning to PCS from Fort Bragg in the near future? When military friends leave our community we would like to assist them in finding a new church home with personal connections at your next duty assignment. We partner with The Military Missions Network. We work with a national network of churches to collaborate in intentionally helping military members, and their families, to more easily find a church home. Use this resource to find churches, and ministries, in your new home in advance of your move. This network provides global military friends who love and serve the military. We would enjoy helping you. All you have to do is give us a call.
Mike Heath: Pastor Military/Adult Education/Senior Adults
Pastor Mike’s U.S. Army career spanned 21.5 years. He spent six years at the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He began his career by serving five and one-half years as an enlisted soldier. At which time, he competed for, and received, a U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Green-to-Gold Scholarship.
Once he completed his undergraduate degree, he returned to active duty as a second lieutenant. Fifteen years later, in 2005, he retired from active duty as a field grade officer.
There is an old Army saying: “Once a soldier, always a soldier.” That saying is true for him. Pastor Mike has a great love, and respect, for the military men and women who serve our great nation.
He is thrilled to be in Fayetteville, North Carolina for two reasons: 1) As a pastor, he gets the privilege to serve in ministry with the great men and women of The Village Baptist Church, as they seek to impact their community for Jesus; and, 2) He gets to serve, and impact, the armed forces in our community for Jesus. The men and women who selflessly provide the blanket of freedom we all so richly enjoy. For him, it does not get much better than that.
Sharell Hope: Communications Director/Executive Ministry Assistant
Sharell holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Business Management from Colorado Technical University.
Sharell’s affiliation with the military runs deep. She has a host of family members who serve in the Armed Forces. She has a deep admiration, trust, and respect for those who defend our nation.
Sharell’s affinity for the Armed Forces makes her an invaluable asset in this ministry. And, a welcomed teammate in our service to the military.
Pastor, Military/Adult Education/Senior Adults
Communications Director / Executive Ministry Assistant