CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF THE CROSSROADS

UPDATE FROM CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF THE CROSSROADS
When we started Church of the Crossroads, we knew God was up to something and that there must be a need in Mt. Washington. We were right in thinking that but had no idea just how quickly God would work and how great the need would be. As I write this, Church of the Crossroads is 17 weeks old and here’s where God has us at this point:
Attendance: We have transitioned from the school cafeteria into the gymnasium because of the lack of space. We’ve outgrown the cafeteria. Christmas Eve was our first service in the gymnasium and we had 388 in attendance. That was an amazing day! But we also know it was a unique holiday service. After the holidays and special services, we opened up 2018 with 291 on January 7. This is about 40 more in attendance that we normally have on a regular Sunday.
Baptisms: We had one baptism in December bringing our total to 9 baptisms since launch.
New Initiatives: We had 125 people sign up to be in small groups that meet in homes every week across the Mt. Washington area. On the eve of January 7, we launched 11 new small groups. The leader of each group is trained and committed to helping each person in the group to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Along with that, each group is intentionally committed to love and serve our city and our neighbors regularly. I can’t tell you just how exciting this work has been to this point. Every week God gives us more reason to brag on Him and give Him glory. There’s no way, by our own power, that we could have manufactured what is transpiring at Church of the Crossroads. It is obvious, so obvious, that this is His Church and He is the One in charge of it all. Thank you for your prayers and your support! May God bless every man and every congregation represented by MFC because of your leap of faith to plant Church of the Crossroads. –John Parkey

JOURNEY CHRISTIAN LOOKS TO 2018

UPDATE FROM JOURNEY
Things are going well. 2017 was a great year for Journey. We got to celebrate 58 baptisms this year and started a third service. So far our Saturday service has moved along with over 100 people attending each of the first services. (Just a few years ago we would have been happy with 100 people at any service). We finished 2017 with over 1000 people at our Christmas Eve services and so far have had another season of growth in the early weeks of 2018. We are also in the middle of another set of renovations to the building to further meet our needs. We are excited about the future and what 2018 brings as we look to add additional staff and further our impact on Shepherdsville as well as Bullitt County as a whole. –Jeremy Willis

THE BUILDER November 2017

Seven years.  364 Sundays.  It’s crazy to think it has been that long.  The first one will live in me forever.  It was amazing and scary all at the same time.  Yet, I also remember asking myself the next day if anybody will actually come back.  There was this feeling of “did I just make a huge mistake?”  But now 364 Sundays after, I can only look to the future and ask “What’s next?”

A shift happened a few years ago and I began to really believe what Paul wrote in Ephesians 3:20:  “Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”  I can say that I always believed in those words, but now I have lived it.  So for me, I am moving on from where we’ve been and what we’ve done to something that fills me up.  What really gets me excited is to think about what God has done in changing lives—including mine—and helping to change a community through His mighty work, and to really believe that our best days are yet to come.  So sure, we’ve grown, and yes we own a building and things from a statistic standpoint are going well.  But to think that in our lifetimes we may never see fully what this thing that we’ve been a part of fully becomes.  That’s the driver.  Let’s talk about that.  Let’s dream more and believe more so in seven more years, we can look back and be astonished by what He’s done.                                          –Jeremy Willis, Minister

JOURNEY CHRISTIAN—OUR HOST FOR NOVEMBER 27, 7 P.M. (ET)

A joint effort of North Bullitt Christian Church, Salt River Christian Men’s Fellowship, and Men for Christ, Journey Christian Church in Shepherdsville was launched October 10, 2010. Under the leadership of Bro. Jeremy Willis, the group has continued to grow to a weekly average attendance of 603 with 48 baptisms this year.  From the initial meetings in the Shepherdsville Elementary School, they now meet in their own building.  Please make a special effort to attend this meeting. They want to  welcome you and show you around!  Journey Christian Church is located at 416 South Buckman Street, Shepherdsville, KY.
 

 

Gary Jones and David Miller (White Mills Christian)

FELLOWSHIP AT OCTOBER MEETING  Thank you to Campbellsville Christian for hosting our October meeting.  There were 119 men present from 23 congregations.

2018 MEETING SCHEDULE

January 22 McKinney
February 26 Columbia
March 26 Egypt
April 23 First Christian, E-town
May 21 (3rd Monday) OPEN
June 25 Mackville
July 23 Russell Springs
August 27 Glendale
September 24 Southern Heights
October 22 Graefenburg
November 26 OPEN
December NO MEETING

ATTENDANCE AWARD

After ten meetings, leaders are:  Group A (Pleasant Valley);  Group B (Russell Springs);  and Group C (Glendale).

HOSTS NEEDED

We need host congregations for May and November, 2018.  Please contact Jim Pope, Secretary, to sign up.

GUEST RELATIONS ARE IMPORTANT

  • A church’s first impressions can make an eternal impact on guests.
  • It’s not uncommon for guests to make up 5-8% of a church’s weekly attendance. Guests are starting to decide whether or not to return to your church within the first 11 minutes on your campus.Guests typically talk about their initial experience with a church 8-15 times. Churches should use language for guests, not visitors.

DIFFERENT CHURCHES–ONE FAMILY
There’s no style of church that everyone likes.  Over the last few years, I’ve participated in so many different types of worship, and it’s reaffirmed for me that our unity in Christ is much stronger than our difference in style or method.  I’ve been with a lot of people who do church very differently than what I’m used to or comfortable with.  So I’ve had to either open up to what Jesus is doing through those varied methods, or close myself down and retreat back to the stability and safety of familiarity.  Opening up to different ways of doing church is scary.  And exhilarating.  And sometimes I get it wrong.  I’d rather get it wrong while trying new things than get it wrong while staying comfortable.  Even if I don’t like the way you do church, I will still:   Love you and your church–Support you and your church–Pray for you and your church–Work with you and your church.

I hope you’ll do the same for me and mine.  Sure, we’ll disagree.  Sometimes we’ll even argue.  Families do that.  But if you love Jesus, we are family.  And that’s all that matters.             —by Karl Vaters, Christianity Today

CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF THE CROSSROADS UPDATE

For Halloween we threw two block parties in two neighborhoods offering inflatables, cotton candy, popcorn and full-sized candy bars for adults. Had more than 1,000 people in one neighborhood and 300 to 400 in the other.  Lots of conversations with parents and many invitations to church.   We are quickly running out of room in the cafeteria and are considering moving to the gymnasium in January. We had four baptisms in the first six weeks and at least two more who are considering It.                            —John Parkey, Minister

HONORING BIBLICAL AUTHORITY

BIBLICAL AUTHORITY

Men for Christ is comprised of congregations of Independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. One of our purposes as stated in Article 2 of our Bylaws is to “promote and execute specific Christian activities after the general pattern set forth in the New Testament.”

So, what do these activities look like? And, what is the pattern set forth in the New Testament? To answer these questions, we must acknowledge and truly believe that God’s Word, the Holy Bible, is true and honor its authority. The authority of God’s Word does not change. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 states “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

As men representing our local congregations, it is our responsibility to study, to teach, and to honor the authority of the Scriptures. Otherwise, how can we “Watch out for false prophets”? (Matthew 7:15)

–Charles Young, Past Chairman