It appears some significant changes are in store for the World Changers mission project ministry for students which is now under the administration of LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tenn. World Changers was shifted to LifeWay from the North American Mission Board in 2011 by its new president, Kevin Ezell.
In a special announcement posted on the official World Changers website titled, "Successful 2012 Summer for World Changers and PowerPlant, 2013 Planning Underway," several notable changes in the way World Changers projects are operated are announced. The include:
- Minors (students under the age of 18) will not be allowed to work on a roof at project sites.
- More World Changers weeks will be focused on the citites instead of other areas in North America.
Below is LifeWay's announcement on World Changers in its entirety from http://www.lifeway.com/worldchangers/index.php/about/special_announcement/:
Successful 2012 Summer for World Changers and PowerPlant, 2013 Planning Underway
Student volunteers worked on more than 1,200 homes, worked with 50 church planters, and saw over 500 professions of faith through World Changers and PowerPlant at LifeWay Christian Resources in 2012.
World Changers provides students and adults with opportunities to meet the physical and spiritual needs by repairing substandard housing for low-income homeowners. Volunteers donate a week of their summer working in conjunction with cities, churches and community agencies to provide renovations at no charge.
PowerPlant participants learn church planting principles and evangelism skills each morning, then have a chance to engage personally through assigned ministry team activities in the afternoon and evening.
Project manager John Bailey expressed appreciation for “the hundreds of churches that joined with World Changers and PowerPlant in calling students to the front line of missions in 2012.”
Bailey said the LifeWay team is already working on next summer’s schedule in order to provide the best mission experience possible at the most affordable cost.
In 2013, World Changers and PowerPlant will focus on changing the city, changing the world. “Next year we will continue our mission of eliminating substandard housing by replacing doors and windows, re-building porches, adding siding and wheelchair ramps where needed, painting and a host of other necessary repairs,” Bailey said. However, one change Bailey noted for next year is that World Changers will no longer have minors working on a roof.
In 2013 we are focusing on more weeks in cities to have a longer and greater impact. As we grow we will look to add more cities. “Metropolitan areas have tremendous needs and the types of service to meet those needs are endless.” Bailey said, “We are looking to help churches reach more of their community’s needs.”We believe that if we stay longer to help change the city, our students’ lives will change and we can change the world. We are also excited to hear that our church planting partners want more students in the future! Imagine what the Lord could do when a generation of students follows a call to reach the cities? We at World Changers and PowerPlant want to lead the way.”
Registration for 2013 World Changers and PowerPlant projects is already underway. The World Changers website is world-changers.net, and PowerPlant’s is power-plant.net.