With less than two weeks to go before the launch of Cross Point North we announced this past Sunday we’ll be launching our 4th campus, Cross Point Bellevue, in early 2010. It was exciting to introduce Justin Davis and his family as our latest campus pastor.
I’m the first to admit not every church is called to be a multi-site church, but we really feel this is a strategy God has called us to. I talked this past Sunday about why this strategy works for us. You can listen to the message HERE (which includes a lot of different plans for this next year) but here are three of the reasons we love the multi-site strategy.
NEW CHURCHES REACH NEW PEOPLE
Why do new churches reach new people? I don’t have a clue, but they do. When we launch Cross Point North in a few weeks there will be people in Goodlettsville, Hendersonville and Springfield who will try church for the first time ever, or the first time in a long time. Why? Because there aren’t already good churches in the area? NOPE. There are some great ones. It’s just that new churches reach new people.
IT’S A FRACTION OF THE COST
The reality is if we wanted to build a facility that could accommodate the number of people we can accommodate with our soon to be four campuses we would easily be looking at a $25 million facility. Is there anything wrong with spending 25 million on a building? Nope. Could we raise $25 million for a building? Sure. I have all the faith in the world if that’s what God called us to do that we could raise that kind of money. The problem is we don’t feel God’s called us to do that.
We’re committed to keeping our facility costs to a minimum so we can maximize our resources for ministry.
AN INCREASED OPPORTUNITY FOR LEADERSHIP AND MINISTRY
Here is the reality. I don’t like it but it’s true. The larger Cross Point grows the easier it is for individuals to hide out and assume that we don’t need their gifts and abilities. Whether your church runs 500 or 5,000 you only need so many people greeting because you only have so many doors. You only need so many people on stage leading worship.
On a human level, we believe our number one resource is people.
Every time we plant a new campus it requires a new group of people to step up and trust God like never before. It requires a group of people to step up and lead. It requires a group of people to partner together with their different gifts and abilities to form the body of Christ.
These are exciting days at Cross Point. I’m so proud to be a part of a church community that’s willing to take some risk to help people discover an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ.