Is it time for you to EXPAND? Stretching beyond your comfort zone is never easy. So often people get stuck in a rut, bored with the same old, feel the “itch” to do more, have an opportunity to try something new, but fear of change keeps you from EXPANDING!
God is an ever EXPANDING GOD! He is always expanding His Kingdom. He is seeking to increase the size of your faith, your vision, your influence, and your life. In order for you to expand, you must be willing to stretch yourself beyond your current level of comfort.
Starting April 7, 2013 Crossroads will be expanding from two worship services to three. Our new worship times will be 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30 AM. This will provide more space for more people to worship. It will provide more oppurtunities for you to use your gifts, talents, and love in ministry at Crossroads.
One reason we need another service? - When a church service is 80 percent filled, most experts say there is a need to start another service. This is one of the reasons many churches plateau. They don’t believe they need to add another service because they have a few open seats available. When you run out of space, you experience what Pete Wagner calls “sociological strangulation!”
As we move towards the launch of our third worship service, we will be re assigning volunteer ministry assignments, streamlining our worship services down to a maximum of 75 minutes, adding new volunteer positions to serve in our Sunday Morning Ministries. In order for the church to expand its influence, God is calling each person in our church to stretch beyond there comfort level.
You might ask the question, "How will God stretch me in this expansion?"
1) Worship at the 8:30 or 11:30 hours instead of the 10:00 am time slot. Our recent surveys indicate that most of our congregation wants to worship at 10:00 AM. This puts a tremendous strain on our children's ministry and fills up the seats in the sanctuary that could be used for visitors.
2) Be flexible in serving at the time you are most needed. In order to staff all the important ministries on Sunday Morning, the pastoral staff will be asking you to shift your serving time slot from either our current 9 or 11 am slots, to 8:30, 10:00, or 11:30 slots.
3) Step up and starting serving in ministry. This expansion will provide approximately 30 volunteer slots on Sunday morning. We do not want to ask those who are volunteering already to do more. If you are not currently serving at Crossroads, will you step out of your comfort zone and serve in ministry. Most of these 30 slots are in children's ministry. Don't be afraid, we will train you and support you, if you will be willing to serve.
4) Start Inviting your Friends, Family, and Neighbors to Church. - Let's get serious about reaching people who do not have a church home. God wants to expand His Kingdom through His Church. Start praying, start inviting and watch God do amazing things in your life.
Over the next five weeks I am going to challenge you to EXPAND! God is EXPANDING Crossroads and He needs you to expand!