Saturday, June 25, 2011

Growth in Partnership

As you know by now, Crossroads is exploring a partnership with the Alliance of Renewal Churches.  This partnership comes out of a decades long flowering of personal faith and Holy Spirit driven action in our community.  It comes out of much prayer and is growing out of the relationships God has initiated.  It is not under anyone's personal control.  It respects and grows out of Lutheran teachings.  It is a good fit for us.

A step in that relationship was taken when three pastors from North Heights Lutheran Church and Community of Hope Church drove out to Cokato on June 15th and met with 10-20 Christians who are either already members and partners of Crossroads Community Church or who are praying with and for us.  Some of us met for supper, others joined us for prayer, and then the pastors met with our leadership.  It was a very good evening.

One practical outgrowth of this will be a leadership growth group.  This group will be dedicated to deep relationships with the Lord and one another and will be at the center of our spiritual community.  Pastor Marcus Haug of North Heights has felt a heart connection with us, has experience with "Missional Communities" and has volunteered to lend his expertise, being willing to drive out from the Twin Cities regularly to be a part of this group.  Please pray about whether the Lord may be leading you to be part of this leadership group.

We are exploring other aspects of this partnership, for example, participation in a Freedom Celebration with the North Heights Community via video link at worship on July 3.

A partnership with the Alliance of Renewal Churches will allow other partnerships, such as, for example, a possible affiliation with Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC). We have been using educational materials (for Sunday School) from Sola Publishing and are planning to use that solid Lutheran curriculum for the education of our middle school/high school youth beginning this fall.  On Tuesday evening of this week we will meet to discuss other aspects of our youth program--this also in partnership with others. 

Once again we ask your prayers, your questions, and, as the Lord leads, your personal partnership in what God is doing to grow Crossroads Community Church.

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