Monday, September 21, 2009

A very successful launch indeed

Crossroads is finally here! Josh is officially pastoring a church every Sunday, which is a dream come true for him and I could not be more proud. After months of preparing, putting volunteers into place, getting the word out, and working many long days, all of the hard work has paid off. And we certainly know that moving across the country from a big, sunny city to a tiny, Midwestern town was meant to be... not that we ever doubted it!

Sunday morning was awesome. We weren't sure what to expect with it being our first Sunday and God truly surprised us by filling almost every seat in the house. In total we had 290 people walk thru our doors and many, many new faces. The great news is that everyone walked out smiling. We had some folks who went to other churches and were there to support us, and one family in particular sounds as if they won't be going back to their old church! We had a few folks scoping us out so that they could gossip about us to their friends, and the only thing they found was that (gasp!) we preached out of the Bible and worshiped the Lord! Oh my... what will they go and tell their friends now! We were actually happy those folks were there, because in this small town we've heard everything from us charging $1500 to be a member to us being a cult. Awesome. Regardless of why they were there, many lives will change because of it and that makes it a successful day.
Josh did not preach this past Sunday, but we heard a message from our Lead Pastor, Keith. He started a series on the book "The Shack", which is a phenomenal book if you have not read it already. Either way, the message was incredibly powerful and can be watched online. If you want to check it out, visit you can even download and print the message notes before you watch, which has all of the scripture passages he uses on it. Josh will be preaching in a couple of weeks, and we look forward to that immensely! In the meantime, I am just proud to be standing beside him as we embark on what is shaping up to be an incredibly successful ministry. Praise the Lord!

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