We had a fantastic Pastor’s Chat last night – there’s lots of great stuff happening, and we’re stoked about what God has already done at Crosspoint in this first month of 2014!
If you missed the Chat, here’s a recap (sadly, this recap is lacking the visual aids of Liam Neeson and Lord Voldemort; #EstherCP):
1. Finance Fun
A. Expenses are down…WAY down! Compared to this time last year, we’ve cut expenses by over $33,000. CRAZY. Huge kudos to the staff and board for being so diligent this year in this regard. This is no small feat!
B. Giving is up! With all the challenges and obstacles we’ve faced this year, not to mention a winter that has already handed us multiple storm Sundays, we could have very realistically been facing an unfortunate financial forecast. BUT, God is good, and undesignated giving is up by over $5000. A huge thanks to everyone for being so generous and faithful with your giving!
C. Buckle your seat belts: we received a donation for $50,000. READ THAT AGAIN AND FREAK OUT. Yep. This is a ridiculously generous gift from a Crosspoint family who believes in the vision and the future of this church. This is not a designated cheque, meaning, we can use this for a variety of reasons. However, it was given with the intent that a large portion of it be put toward overhauling and upgrading some key areas in the church.
Soooo, starting as soon as this week, we’re beginning work on the Fellowship Hall, to be followed by (but not limited to) some Children’s Ministry area upgrades and some basic office renos. This is a MASSIVE blessing. Grab your glory hankies and run laps around your living room. Wooooo!
2. Service Time Changes
After much discussion, the staff and board have voted unanimously to move to a 2-service format. Beginning February 9th, we’ll kick off this new format with services at 9:15 and 11:0am.
I want to be as clear as I can, because there’s no doubt this could be misconstrued as a backwards step: we have not made this decision because we’re no longer growing, or have some sort of desire to stop growing. Nothing could be further from the truth! We’re continuing to see new faces every week – new faces that are getting saved, getting plugged into groups, and inviting even more new faces. These are good days!
This is a temporary solution that is rooted in a variety of other reasons:
*Our people are exhausted. 3 services in 4 hours is a drain. We’ve been going non-stop at this level for a few years now, and our people are drained. For the sake of our staff, band, media crew, and kids volunteers, we need a season of rest and health. A church shouldn’t be exhausting its people, it should be rejuvenating them!
*We want to allow more time in services for the important stuff. We are on the clock every service, every Sunday. If we exceed a 70-minute service, things get crazy in the lobby, the parking lot, the kids areas…everywhere. So we rush. We shouldn’t rush. After 3rd service this week, we had extended worship and the altars were lined up with people; it was awesome! THAT’S what we need. Two services gives us more time.
*We want a unified and energized family. Any chance where we can be together more, meet each other, and connect and get into groups with each other, that’s a win. There’s something valuable about having to squeeze into a full row of people and worshipping alongside them. There’s something that just feels better about having a packed room. It’s a time for our church to re-energize and build momentum.
*Ultimately, the 8:30am service is just not a great time to have church. We live in Atlantic Canada; it’s hard enough to convince people to come church at all, let alone when it’s dark and -30 outside. 8:30am is just not an appealing or realistic time for families to show up at church. It served its purpose well for a couple of years but isn’t going to be our best long-term solution for growth in the coming days. HUGE thanks to everyone who attended at 8:30 so we could free up seats in the other 2 services. I have no doubt you will receive breakfast in bed everyday when you get to heaven.
On a related side-note here – this 2-service format is temporary. We are well aware that we will need a 3rd service again the future. However, that 3rd service will NOT be on a Sunday morning, but at another time.
*The math just works. We now have 304 seats in the sanctuary, and nearly 100 of our average attenders each week are children and volunteers who are downstairs. Eventually, our reno’s to the Fellowship Hall will also include a fantastic new overflow area that will be available if needed. So, we could realistically grow by another 100+ people in this 2-service format.
The cramped parking lot problem is solved by a new parking initiative that will see us offering extra parking in the Marysville Place lot and having our new Crosspoint shuttle drive you up the hill! We even have a flashing light on top of the car. It’s pretty legit.
So there you have it! It’s a temporary move to 2 services that we feel is in the best interest of the church for this season at Crosspoint. We’re looking forward to the change and hope that you’ll be there!
To recap the meeting: GOD IS GOOD. THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT. (And I’m finally going to get rid of that carpet in my office).
We’re fully believing that our best days are ahead of us!! Much love, Crosspoint!