God is moving powerfully at Crossbridge Church! It has almost been a month since Celebration Sunday! On March 29, 2015 we announced the BOLD totals and we were totally blown away by God’s extravagant grace on us! Only God could do this!
God is doing an unprecedented work through BOLD! Most churches see about 65% participation rate when they do similar initiatives, 92% at Crossbridge can be ONLY GOD! Our financial goal was $4.85 million but through your BOLD step of faith we have committed $5,554,769! Again ONLY GOD could have done this and to Him we give all the glory!
BOLD is way more than raising money, it is about being BOLD in every area of relationship with Jesus! We saw this in the way you invited people to EASTER at Crossbridge! We had our largest attendance ever with 903 people! We had 15 baptisms, the most Crossbridge had in one day! We had a ton of first time guests invited by you! Crossbridge is going BOLD because of the reality of the 1 risen Savior – JESUS IS ALIVE!
BOLD is just getting starting! Because of your incredible generosity that exceeded our BOLD financial goal, we are now able to accelerate our impact in all three areas of BOLD!
BOLD FOR OUR MISSION:
We are excited to announce that because of your BOLD generosity and everything that God is doing through BOLD, we have made the decision to make our first step in being BOLD for our Mission by bringing Griffin Covington, our Student Ministries Pastor, on staff full-time as of this past week. Griffin has begun to lead our student ministries to another level of fruitfulness and excellence. I know many of you who have had an opportunity to interact with Griffin have been impressed by how he is making an impact in the lives of our students. In fact, I continue to be impressed at how our students are going BOLD. Later this summer, you will see a BOLD video story from one of our students who made a business plan for earning money so that she can be more BOLD in her generosity. Thank you, Griffin, for teaching our students so well!
BOLD FOR OUR COMMUNITY:
We are also excited to announce something very exciting… We have a signed contract for our land at Harlem and Plantation!! Now begins the 120-day process of prayer and due diligence before we close on the land officially. Please continue praying for us as we take crucial steps to make this dream a reality. A huge thanks to our Associate Pastor Reed Cutshall as well as our Elders for all they have done through this process. And also to YOU, the people of Crossbridge for being so BOLD in your generosity.
In fact, similar to how we were able to accelerate bringing Griffin on full-time, we are also accelerating our BOLD for our community initiative as we are now planning on paying off a much larger portion of the land, possibly as much as $2.9M of the land, which would almost be the entire amount! With your continued generosity as we fulfill our BOLD commitments, God willing, we will be able to pay off our land during this BOLD season so that we are in a great position as a church to build even stronger than we originally envisioned.
BOLD FOR OUR WORLD:
We are also accelerating our impact in being BOLD for our World. Many of you know that we engaged in the Child Survival Program through Compassion International, and we sent our first payment to them a few weeks ago! We will be telling you more about this special project in the next couple of weeks! You might also remember that Bold for Our World includes us supporting the Houston Church Planting Network as well as other local and global mission efforts. As a result of your incredible generosity, as long as our BOLD generosity continues on pace, we will be able to accelerate our impact in BOLD for our World by engaging even more local and global initiatives outside the walls of Crossbridge! We are beginning the conversations of whom we will be partnering with and what we will be doing but these conversations wouldn’t even be possible without our BOLD generosity!
We’ll be sharing more BOLD updates with you as we go along, but it is clear that your continued generosity is allowing God to do even more than we ever asked or imagined here through His ministry at Crossbridge. What happened on Easter and what continues to happen every single week here is evidence that God is working in ways that have FAR EXCEED our expectations. So, THANK YOU for continuing your radical, BOLD generosity to Crossbridge for the mission of “Honoring God by Making Growing Followers of Jesus Christ.” It matters.