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Young Professionals Workshop | Summer 2017

YP Workshop

Register: Click here to register

The YP Workshop is a 6 week deep dive into what it means to be a child of God and live out faith in the world.  It is for any young professional interested in learning more, regardless of where you are with God and faith.  If you want to see what Christianity is all about, this is a great way to do it.  If you’ve been a Christian for a long time and are wondering how to keep growing and going deeper, this workshop will help you do just that.

Some of the major topics to be covered include:
-In light of God’s loving Fatherhood, how do we live as free and beloved children?
-In light of God’s worthy Kingship, how do we live as obedient and called ambassadors?
-Prayer – developing a heart relationship with God
-Bible Study – how to understand and discern the things of God
-Singleness, Sex, Sexuality – honoring God with our feelings and desires
-Embracing Both Strength and Weakness – living out our faith in community
-Being Christ’s Ambassadors in the Workplace – public faith in a post-Christian world
-Being Christ’s Ambassadors in the Culture – engaging in issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, technology, and politics as a faithful follower of Christ

CaptureJordan for WordPressAbout the Leaders: Previously the Intervarsity Director at UNC Chapel Hill, and currently the Small Group Coordinator at Needle’s Eye Ministries, Jordan Maroon has more than a decade of experience teaching and training men and women to follow Jesus within the challenges and complexities of modern life.

Meagan Miller attended the YP Workshop years ago and it was a life-changing experience for her. She has been leading a YP women’s group for several years, encouraging women with the tools she learned herself through Needle’s Eye.

When: Tuesdays for 6 Weeks | May 30th – Early July (Will work around Independence Day)
Time: 6:30-9:00pm
Where: Needle’s Eye Office | 104 Berrington Court, Richmond VA 23221
Cost for Materials: $40
Register: Click here to register!

What past participants say about their experience in the YP Workshop:

Dan AllowayDan Alloway: 

“The Needle’s Eye YP Workshop helped transition me from constant behavior-modification to lasting identity-realization. Discovering WHO I really am helped me to make choices and begin living a life that is more truly me; and with that came all the things I’d been striving for but could never attain in any lasting way.”

Jackie RolesJackie Abramov:

“It was a privilege to participate in the YP Workshop! The workshop challenges us to step beyond our cultural views of Christianity and see that God is much more powerful, much greater and bigger than we could ever imagine, and to stand out in our generation as counter-cultural sons and daughters not willing to compromise on our faith or on the promises of God.”

Marina PustinovichMarina Pustinovich:

“Through the YP Workshop, God has begun the process of  transforming my religion-hardened heart to a heart filled with authentic love for Him and others. I strongly encourage anyone who is struggling with identity and purpose to join. As it was for me, this may be your first step to a life of freedom and purpose in Christ!”

James LeeJames Lee:

“Since the workshop, I’ve overcome many fears, doubts, and insecurities about faith and identity in Christ. Through much learning, prayer, and community, I have a much stronger foundation in my walk with Christ and a spirit of joy, hope, and victory despite my circumstances. I’m sure it will do the same for others!”

Whole-Life Discipleship

Is sharing the gospel with a co-worker the only way to serve God at work?  What about workplaces that don’t allow for such opportunities?  Does God only care about your evangelistic relationships or does He have a purpose even for the most basic and routine parts of your job?  Join us as Jordan Maroon unpacks these questions at Willow Oaks Country Club.

And special thanks to our sponsor, Integrity Landscaping Solutions!

Practical Application with Jordan Maroon (Two Dates/Times to Choose From)
 Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Time: 7:15am to 8:00am (Coffee starting at 7:00am.)
Where: Willow Oaks Country Club | 6228 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, VA 23225
Cost: $12 through May 7th, $14 after May 7th
Register: Click here to register!

When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Time: 12:00pm to 12:45pm
Where: Willow Oaks Country Club | 6228 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, VA 23225
Cost: $12 through May 14th, $14 after May 14th
Register: Click here to register!

Give Beyond 40 | March 28th

Give Now

You can go ahead and give today by CLICKING HERE and mentioning “Give Beyond 40” in the memo line of your gift.  Thank you for partnering with us to impact Richmond’s marketplace!

Save the Date

Beginning at 6pm on March 27th we will have a 24-hour period of giving to raise $40,000 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Needle’s Eye Ministries’ day of incorporation.

God has been beyond faithful to Needle’s Eye in its first 40 years, and He is not finished yet.

Join Us

Pledge to participate in Give Beyond 40 for Needle’s Eye on March 28th HERE or by emailing Elizabeth Massie at

March 28th check in on our Facebook each hour for fun contests, great stories, and more.

Celebrate with Us

Look for emails leading up to the event with exciting ways to get involved, like and share our Facebook posts, and come by the Needle’s Eye office on March 28th to join in the fun!


After you give, please pray “to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,” and ask that your gift would bring him “glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20)


Please CLICK HERE for answers to frequently asked questions.



2017 Young Professionals Retreat

YP Retreat

Is adult life in your 20s and 30s more complicated than you anticipated it would be?  How do you develop a faith that stands up to the challenges?

The purpose of this retreat is to leave you feeling equipped and excited to “grow up”.  Come gain wisdom from excellent speakers, and come find a group of Richmonders happy to join you on this adventure that is adulthood!

This will be our 4th Young Professionals Retreat and the feedback gets better and better each year.  (See photos from past retreats HERE.)  Spaces fill, so sign up today!

dan and saraAbout the Speakers: Dan Kennedy’s journey has taken him from brand management at Procter & Gamble, to Christian retail, and then three years serving in China doing business as mission. It’s there God gave him the vision for Kumveka, which he founded in 2009.

Sara Kennedy’s early career started as a scheduler, special assistant, and writer for numerous campaigns and elected officials. From 2006 to 2009, she served as the Marketing Director for the Tianjin International School in China. Upon her family’s return to the United States, Sara worked for the Attorney General of Virginia.  Sara also served on the Board of the Richmond Christian Leadership Institute for several years.  Today she is the Director of Communications at Veritas School.

When: Friday night through Sunday morning, April 7-9, 2017
The Weekend’s Schedule: 2017 YP Retreat Schedule
Where: Airfield Conference Center | 15189 Airfield Rd, Wakefield, VA 23888
Cost: Registration is $100 and includes meals. (Scholarships available for anyone making 30K or less per year.)
Register: Click here to register! (Deadline to register is 5:00pm on Monday, March 20th!!)

Please contact Kathryn Dixon at or 804.358.1283 with any questions.


YP Women’s Study | She Reads Truth

Heather ZulaufFriendship, conversation, spending time in the Bible, and praying for one another are key components when these women get together each Monday. Whether you need a small group to commit to, or one for a season, this YP women’s small group would love to have you.

From the Publisher: She Reads Truth tells the stories of two women who discovered, through very different lives and circumstances, that only God and His Word remain unchanged as the world around them shifted and slipped away. Infused with biblical application and Scripture, this book is not just about two characters in two stories, but about one Hero and one Story. Every image points to the bigger picture—that God and His Word are true. Not because of anything we do, but because of who He is. Not once, not occasionally, but right now and all the time.

About the Leader:  Heather Zulauf is originally from upstate New York. After graduating from Nazareth College in 2010, she moved to Richmond to work in VCU’s marketing department. She became involved with Needle’s Eye Ministries because a coworker invited her to the Young Professionals Workshop. It was life changing. Now she’s on the Young Professionals Advisory Group and has been leading small groups the past three years. In her spare time Heather enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants, and wedding planning!

When: Mondays, starting February 13, 2017, ending April 24, 2017
Time: 7:00-9:00PM
Where: The Museum District  (The exact address will be emailed.)
Cost: Purchase your own book. (She Reads Truth by Raechel Myers)
Register: Click here to register!

Career Development Workshop | Winter 2017

Career Development WorkshopFor years, Needle’s Eye has offered a highly-structured seven-week course to provide skills training and assistance for adults who are trying to find employment, transition back into the workforce, or become more marketable. We’ll help you take steps to improve your prospects! Topics include:

  • Discover your calling and purpose
  • Attitude adjustment
  • Identifying your strengths
  • Enhancing your resume
  • Networking skills
  • Interviewing strategies
  • Evaluating job offer compensation

About the Instructor:

When: Thursdays, starting February 16, 2017, ending March 30, 2017
Time: 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Where: Needle’s Eye Ministries | 104 Berrington Court, Richmond VA 23221
Cost: $40*
Register: Click here to register!

*Partial scholarships are available. For more details, contact

The Five Pillars | Servanthood

We’re excited for you to join us for a delicious lunch at Westwood Club to hear our Small Group Coordinator, Jordan Maroon, unpack one of Coach Tony Bennett’s pillars for success in life – SERVANTHOOD.  If you missed Coach Bennett’s talk you can watch it HERE.

If servant leadership is now applauded, is it really serving?  We want to serve, but we also like the credit.  Jordan is ready to break down the lessons he’s learned navigating that tension.

Speaker: Jordan Maroon, Small Group Coordinator at Needle’s Eye Ministries
 Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Where: Westwood Club | 6200 West Club Lane, Richmond 23236
Cost: $11 through December 11th, $13 after December 11th
Register: Click here to register!

Thanks so much to our sponsor, MinistryResource!

Young Professionals are Apple Picking October 15th!

Forget pumpkin spice lattes.  Fall is for apples.

Apple cider.  Apple doughnuts.  Apple butter.  Apple pies.  Apple PICKING!!!

If you have yet to visit Carter Mountain Orchard… where have you been?!  Just a short drive from Richmond, this orchard sits on top of a mountain with beautiful views.  Join us for apple picking and some of the above mentioned treats from their country store and Bold Rock Hard Cider cellar.

Meet at the Needle’s Eye office (104 Berrington Court, Richmond) at 10:00am to carpool.  It’s a great opportunity for anyone in their 20s and 30s to meet other young professionals from around Richmond!

 Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 10:00am you can meet at the Needle’s Eye office to carpool.
Where: Carter Mountain Orchard |1435 Carters Mountain Trail, Charlottesville, 22901
Cost: Just tip your driver if you carpool.
Register: You don’t have to register, but you can join and share the Facebook event HERE!

YP Women’s Group Studying Genesis

If you’re looking for a relaxed environment where you can share life with other young professional women then search no more.  Friendship, conversation, spending time in the Bible, and praying for one another are key components when these YPs get together each Monday.

Whether you need a small group to commit to long-term or one for a season, this YP women’s small group would be happy to have you.  They’ll be using the Inductive Bible Study Method, meaning the Bible will be the primary source of teaching.  Come out and learn how to take God’s Word and apply it to your life!

About the Leader:  Meagan Miller grew up in Asheville, North Carolina.  She is a graduate of Wake Forest University, where she studied Health and Exercise Science.  She is currently working at VCU as a Clinical Research Coordinator.  Having been on multiple international mission trips she has a heart for the less fortunate.  Ask her about her time overseas!  As a member of the Richmond Christian Leadership Institute’s class of 2015 she is excited to take what she’s learned to lead others.

When: Mondays
Time: 7:00-9:00PM
Where: The Fan
Cost: Just bring your Bible.
Register: Email to get connected to this ongoing group!

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