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A Unified Mission

OneWay collaborates with local ministry leaders

Pastors and ministry leaders from the Chicagoland area worshiped with the OneWay team on Wednesday as we shared our vision to create partnerships with churches and other ministries. This was the first of two events to bring together leaders to share OneWay’s heart for collaboration in our common goal of reaching people for Jesus.

Leaders heard about the free resources created by OneWay as well as our vision to bring together like-minded Christian ministries to share space at our new Lakeside Center.

“There is so much untapped potential [in the church],” explained OneWay founder Michael Thompson. “And we need to work and think together how better to equip God's people for works of service to reach the world.”

Thompson described the tactical and spiritual benefit of partnership between churches and ministries.

“I believe that it pleases God when we can come together,” he said. “There is something that strengthens us and we can be encouraged as well.”

The tactical benefit, he explained, lies both in united prayer and practical collaboration.

On the practical side, OneWay is looking to bring together like-minded organizations under one roof at our new ministry center. Our vision is to rub shoulders and exchange ideas with ministry neighbors as we pursue individual, yet connected ministry objectives.

In the future, we hope to be able to open up our state-of-the-art video and audio production studio. Once complete, other ministries and churches could use the space to create projects they might not have the ability to complete in-house.

“You might want to create your own podcast and might not have the capability. We do,” suggested Joan Whitlock, Director of Resident Ministries.

OneWay creates free resources for use by churches and ministries around the world, including Prayercast videos and Mission Network News stories meant to rally the church to unified prayer.

Lakeside Center has also increased OneWay’s capacity for young adult ministry, which includes equipping and sending out young people to serve in local churches. Similarly, OneWay’s Equipping Evangelist and his team are eager to work with churches on evangelism training.

“We’re all trying to do the same thing,” said Hannah Thompson, Young Adult Director. “We’re not trying to get workers for OneWay. We’re trying to activate people for the Kingdom.”

Want to learn more? You are invited to attend our next Ministry Leader Lunch.

When: Wednesday, June 15, 11am-12:30pm

Where: 495 N Commons Dr, Aurora, IL 60504

RSVP to: Joan Whitlock (

Learn more about how you can use our new ministry center for team training, conferences, off-site retreats or long-term office space.


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