We all carry definitions of success within our own spheres of involvement. Allowing the Bible to bring direction and clarification to your calling is a transformative experience. Further, feeling the freedom in understanding that God has called us to be faithful, obedient, risk-takers for his kingdom is transformative. Possibly most important, we must remind ourselves that we worship a God who works beyond our measly expectations. Be encouraged by the reality that God is moving in ways through our homes that we will never fully realize until we are standing in his presence.
At Crossings Community we measure success through 3 basic ideas –
Engage. We measure success through our obedience to faithfully engage homes with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yes, this does mean that we want more homes to experience the great work God is doing at Crossings Community. We desire more homes to be reached. However, this also means that we place the true indicator of success on our engagement. We rejoice when a new home is engaged with the gospel and they begin discovering its implications under the shepherding of another biblical church in the community. As God has done over these 5 years, he will grow the number of our people; but our first priority, as it is his, is the furthering of his kingdom throughout this community and not the name or fame of one individual church.
Equip. We measure success through our obedience to equip homes with a growing understanding of the gospel in application to their everyday lives. Success is seeing lives changed through meaningful relationships which are formed through small group gatherings, women’s gatherings, mommy playdates, men’s breakfasts and coffees. Success is seeing a growing relationship accompanied by a growing authenticity resulting in a deepening gospel reach. The relationships and conversations that happen from Monday through Saturday are just as important to us as the events on Sunday morning.
Empower. We measure success through our obedience to empower others to equip and engage those around them. God has given a unique story to all of us which he has orchestrated for the good of his kingdom. We are on a mission to see people find the joy of being used by Christ to share their story, gifts, and passions for the gospel transformation of homes throughout our community. We empower people to teach our children the life-changing story of Jesus… to lead small group discussions around the application of the gospel into our crazy lives… to meet neighbors, have block parties, and learn to display a gospel motivated love to those around them. We strive to empower God’s people for God’s mission in their family, neighborhood, work place, and around the world.
Success at Crossings Community Church is our pursuit to engage, equip, and empower homes for gospel transformation. This is what we celebrate because it is the vision God has given our church. We may be a church of 75 in 2013 or a church of 500, but success is completely wrapped up in our faithfulness to God’s call. Friends of CCC, be encouraged because God is moving and he is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.