I became the pastor of a deeply troubled church in a large, affluent suburb of Columbus, Ohio and was tasked with unifying a fractured, frustrated and dysfunctional body. Transitioning the church from a traditional Baptist ministry to a ministry equipped to reach people and impact the culture with the grace of God through the gospel of Jesus Christ was the primary goal. The transition process required changing the structure and presentation of our worship services while developing relationships with church members to encourage a culture of service and ministry within the body. Creating a passion for authentic biblical exposition, instilling a desire to make Christ known in our community, and leading the church to reject an unhealthy view of Bible translations were also critical steps to achieving the necessary transformation in the culture of the church. Shepherding the members through such drastic change has been challenging, but it has also been incredibly rewarding.
In addition to transitioning the ministries of the church, many administrative changes were also necessary for the areas of finance, security, employment practices, employee development and retention, operational structures, children's ministry policies, deacon ministry responsibilities, missions policies, ministry recruitment and training, and church governance. These changes have resulted in financial stability, increased the confidence of the members in the ministries and leadership of the church, and they have allowed the church to provide greater care for its members, while also providing avenues of service that enable Calvary to have a greater connection with our community.
Furthermore, God has allowed the people of CrossPointe to experience significant spiritual growth. Together the church has adopted a comprehensive vision statement and a renewed purpose. The people of CrossPointe now realize their mission is to help people connect with and commit to Jesus. As a result, the number of members actively involved in ministry has grown. Missions giving has increased more than 30%. Two full-time missionary families sent from our membership are taking the gospel to Burkina Faso, and Honduras. Many people have trusted Christ for salvation and made their faith in Him public through baptism, and many members are actively involved in mentoring relationships.
God has shown Himself faithful by healing this church and providing a sweet spirit of unity, cooperation, missional focus, renewed purpose, and growth. These are only a few of the major blessings God has bestowed upon Calvary in the time I have been a shepherd in this body.