Crossroads Fellowship

Monday, June 23, 2008

Summer is crazy!

Summer is such a crazy time in ministry at Crossroads Fellowship, and it always has been. As a lot of churches slow down ministry for summer break Crossroads really ramps it up. For instance we just ran our first ever summer camp program. We have done camp before, but we have never ran the whole thing, we have only participated before, but this year we ran a really good camp using the facilities of Coldstream Christian Camp. All in all we had 42 campers attend camp, ranging from grade school through high school. When the week was over and the smoke was cleared we had 14 first time decisions for Christ, 13 re dedications, and 10 kids felt as though the Lord was calling them into Christian service. So camp was awesome, but ministry doesn't end there.

Our youth minister, Larry, also has several things going for the youth through out the summer that are special. Thursday nights he is having skate night at his home on the half pipe he built, Saturday mornings at 9am we are having mountain boarding at the church on the new trails we cut through the woods, and as always youth group is meeting on Wednesday and Sunday evenings. Last night at youth group he had 24 there, and the reason they came is to hear him as he preaches verse by verse through the book of James. That is a great testimony that 24 youth came for preaching, with no fun, no games, just the Word of God! One of those was a first timer and became a Christian last night, so that makes a total of 15 salvations in one week!

God is really doing some amazing things in this crazy summer time, keep praying for us as we try to reach the world with the gospel of Christ!

Monday, June 09, 2008

What's new in Clarksville?

I have been really bad as of late about blogging. A lot of you may be wondering what is new in Clarksville, and that is exactly why I have been so bad about actually blogging, and getting it out where people can read. We are going through a lot of ministry changes as our church here continues to grow and flourish. If you will indulge me a little I will write to you here in a few paragraphs and bring you all up to date. As well if you would please pray about what is happening here. Because God is leading us into God sized ministries that only He can do!

First most of you know that a team of five people from Crossroads took a vision trip to Mongolia not to long back. Well this coming Sunday that team is going to be presenting to the church that trip, and what we believe God is calling us to do in missions as a church. There are four major ministry partnerships that we are looking to enter into with the Mongolian field. Curious what they are? Be at church Sunday during one of the morning services to find out, or check next week online for Sunday's message.

Next Summer camp is right around the corner. Crossroads is doing a camp here locally this year and we are really excited about it, however it is a lot of work as well. This is the first time our church has ever done a camp like this on it's own. So be praying for us. We have right at forty (40) kids registered for this camp. We still have space for more, and are hoping God will bring thirty (30) more. Camp is only $130 per child for the week, and it is for any child that is school age, from elementary through high school.

Next we have hired a new staffer here at the church. Joe Salerno has come on as our new worship leader and audio/technical expert. Joe has had a lot of experience in the area of Worship Leading, and audio/technical ministries. Some of that experience includes being on staff at North Coast Church in San Diego, being interim worship leader at Trinity Church in San Antonio, and being on staff as an audio/technical person at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, which is the church Max Lucado pastors.

Speaking of Joe a lot of the reason Joe is on staff with us here is because of his vision for Great Commission church planting, and his technical experience to help us to get our vision to work. At Crossroads we have a vision to plant daughter churches not only locally, but around the globe. So how does a church have a global church planting impact? To answer that question we point to technology. Many churches are venturing into pod casts of their sermons, however at Crossroads we are getting ready to take pod casting to a whole new level. We currently are working with leaders inside the C&MA to plant a daughter church in Pennsylvania where we will have live worship lead by a real person and the sermon will come in via video from here in Clarksville. Sound exciting? It is! We don't have all the details worked out yet, but we will keep you informed as things move along. We also have our sights set on a daughter congregation in Nahsville TN, as well as one international congregation possibly that is halfway around the globe!

So as you can see things have been mega busy, and that is why I have been lacking. I apologize and ask you to continue to pray for us as we move forward advancing the Kingdom of God through these wonderful ministries both locally and abroad!