CR0SSR0ADS UPDATE

The Latest:

454 Easter Attendance

313 Average April Attendance

April 1 – David Parkerson came on full-time as Minister of Outreach and Involvement. The number of people now serving in ministry is 120.

Relocation: Assessing an old building in Mt. Washington for possible remodel and relocation.

JOURNEY CHRISTIAN UPDATE

Last Sunday, we announced some changes to our service schedule. Given the desire to serve our community, we are implementing some changes in order for us to continue to impact this community as well as meet our current needs.

With the end of Saturday services, we still need to accommodate the continued growth at Journey. We are adding a new 9:00 a.m. service starting this Sunday, May 6. The 9:00 a.m. service has been the most popular request in the last two years on the annual church-wide survey.

Starting Sunday, May 6, Journey’s three service times will be 9:00, 10:20 and 11:45 a.m.

We believe these changes provide Journey with a great opportunity moving forward and can’t wait to see you this Sunday and every Sunday!

SPEAKER FOR MAY 21 MEETING

Doug Martin, Speaker for May 21 meeting at Indian Hills Christian

Doug was a part of the original core of leaders who planted Spencer Christian Church in 1998 and after serving in various capacities at other Kentucky churches, returned to be SCC’s Lead Minister in 2010. He has been married to his beautiful wife Jill for over 25 years. They have three children- Jesse, Hannah & Bethany. Besides serving at Spencer Christian, Doug is also the Executive Director of Kentucky Church Planting Partnership. This ministry helps people plant new Christian Churches. Doug’s passions are not only limited to New Church Evangelism, but he is also an outdoors enthusiast as well as a University of Kentucky Wildcat fan. Doug graduated from Kentucky Christian University in 1991.

BEING THE CHURCH!

CHRIST COVENANT CHURCH (BEAUMONT, TEXAS)
When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Moreland Christian Church saw a need and responded by providing hands-on assistance. They reached out to Christ Covenant Church in Beaumont, Texas. Because of Moreland’s willingness to get involved, Men for Christ also responded and donated $5,000 from the Emergency Fund. Following is a letter from their lead minister, Chris Beard.

Dear Brothers in Christ
I will never forget the last days of August 2017. As the rains continued to fall from Hurricane Harvey, it became clear that the devastation would be both widespread and personal. As the waters receded, Christ Covenant Church found ourselves in the midst of a new reality of a community that needed rebuilding, including our own building and the homes of many of our own church family.

From the beginning of the recovery process, Christ Covenant Church declared that our goal was not just to survive this disaster, but as God’s people it was time to thrive. Our prayer was that during our own rebuilding processes, we would be able to be good news to a community that desperately needed it. YOU have been a wonderful answer to that prayer.
Through the love and generosity of you and others like you, Christ Covenant Church has been able to move forward in our own rebuilding process. The 20 inches of flood water our building sustained has necessitated extensive rebuilding. Walls below the 4-foot mark required demolition and rebuilding throughout the building, the bathroom and kitchen need complete renovation, our stage must be rebuilt, new floors and doors are needed, and almost all our furniture and fixtures must be replaced. This reality is daunting for a small congregation with limited resources, but we praise God that He has provided for us in mighty ways due to the generosity of people like you. To be good stewards of what God has blessed us with, we decided to do most of the rebuilding work ourselves, and we are slowly but surely making progress.

But if Christ Covenant was to truly thrive in this disaster, we had to do more than just rebuild our building; we needed to shine the light of Jesus in the darkness of this disaster. With your help and others like you, we’ve been able to actively minister to people in need in tangible ways. As soon as we were able to return to our building, we began handing out supplies, food, and clothing to those who were grappling with overwhelming loss. We have been able to provide financial assistance to many in the name of Jesus, and in partnership with other generous Christ-followers we’ve been able to minister in unique ways, including distributing hundreds of meals to those working on flood clean-up and providing and building storage sheds for families whose homes were destroyed.

Our work is not done. It will be many months before things are back to “normal”. It will be even longer before our people and community have fully recovered. So please continue to pray for us. Pray that we will be efficient in our rebuilding and that we will be able to minister to our community in such a way that we are able to meet both physical and spiritual needs. Pray we bring glory to our great God! Thank you for being a blessing. (Chris Beard, Lead Minister)

GUEST RELATIONS

 

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