This is question numero uno that I get asked by anyone who is an onlooker to Crossings Community Church. Sometimes it is a family member of a church member, other times it is someone in the community who is familiar with our church, also it could be people who have known me for years in the community but have just watched the church from afar. This question gets asked ALL THE TIME because in people’s minds it is the ‘end all’ or destination of a ‘good’ or ‘successful’ church. I can totally understand the thought process. Honestly, this thinking has been true in many different circumstances. However, it is not true for us at Crossings Community.
Did you know that ‘getting a building’ is not found anywhere in our vision or mission statement? Our vision statement lays out in good clarity the unique calling God has placed on our church and those words just aren’t there. As we all know, the resources of any organization (including a community of faith) should be fully leveraged toward accomplishing the vision.
Here are a few thoughts which speak to the question, “When are you gonna get a building?”
- Resource & Vision Alignment: We believe strongly that God has called us to proclaim His gospel amidst the Katy community and around the world by engaging, equipping, and empowering homes for gospel transformation. Therefore, we believe that at all times we should be stewarding the financial resources He provides toward that mission. If we decided today to jump into a mortgage payment (based on current values in our community) we would be leveraging the vast majority of our resources to pay for land and a building rather than pursuing the gospel transformation described in our vision.
- Debt & Stewardship: This is a complex issue with so many nuances but there are some basic themes which are extremely important. There are and have been many churches throughout history which have mirrored the plight of the debt ridden family. Simply stated, we are called to be a church that can respond to God’s leading and direction and not be paralyzed by enormous debt. This does not mean we are completely against the idea of borrowing money. I believe there are times and strategies where this is appropriate. However, we are first called to be stewards of the great blessing of financial resources which God has given.
- Our Senior Pastor: The most important aspect of the conversation is the fact that our church was created and is sustained by God. Our leaders depend on Him for direction in all things. We believe that God will make it clear to us through His direction and provision when that time comes that we are to pursue a more permanent facility. The Bible is full of His stories of provision and our lives are full of them as well. How much more does He love to provide for His church?
I’m confident that God will provide the resources, the location, and the perfect facility for Crossings Community Church when the time is right. Today we are rejoicing in the fruit that He is providing as we are seeing homes which are being transformed by His Word. We have great peace that He knows exactly where, when, and how as it pertains that facility. We will be in constant prayer and listening for His leadership. As Paul says… ‘for from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.’