What’s with the name?
What’s harder to imagine – a camel through a needle, or a servant leader? With the pressure of bottom-lines and corporate culture, we hope that Needle’s Eye is a place where business men and women find a refuge – and the courage to be counter-cultural.
“I’d say it’s easier to thread a camel through a needle’s eye than get a rich person into God’s kingdom,” [Jesus said]. “Then who has any chance at all?” the others asked. “No chance at all,” Jesus said, “if you think you can pull it off by yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.” – Luke 18:25-27 (The Message)
What’s the difference between a church and Needle’s Eye?
A church is a community of believers who gather for the purpose of worshiping and glorifying God. Needle’s Eye serves as a parachurch ministry with one specific focus: transforming the Richmond marketplace by connecting business and professional men and women to life-changing faith in Jesus.
Many times, we have encountered people who would never find themselves at a church event or service, but said Needle’s Eye was a safe place to ask questions about faith. Our hope at Needle’s Eye is to provide a listening ear and share the hope of Christ, while helping people find a church community that will be a safe place to grow and explore their faith more in depth.
Then what exactly is a parachurch ministry?
“Para” literally means “by” or “alongside.” Therefore, parachurch ministries work alongside the church as faith-based organizations, with the distinction that it works outside of a particular faith tradition. Sometimes, parachurches work across denominations to engage in social welfare and evangelism. In the context of Needle’s Eye, our vision is to inspire Christians to transform the workplace and the City of Richmond. In doing so, we work with people from various backgrounds including believers and non-believers, Christians from different denominations, church communities, other parachurch ministries, and the broader Richmond business population.
What should I expect at a Needle’s Eye event or program?
If you come to the Needle’s Eye offices for a small group or meeting, you can expect to find a quiet office tucked away just a block or so from Carytown. We usually have adults of all ages and stages meeting in our three conference rooms during the week, along with 50+ small groups that meet throughout the Richmond area.
Since we work with various business professionals and industries, don’t be surprised if you see CEOs and bankers in suits, young professionals wearing jeans, Career Transition Group members walking in with their resumes, or our seniors with a box of donuts to share.
Contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, 804.358.1283 and we’ll get you to the right person. You can also view the half hour documentary on the history of Needle's Eye below.