Hey Cross Point,
Hey Cross Point,
We loved getting to announce to you this past Sunday that we’ll be able to share the name of our new pastor on July 2nd!
But many of you asked, “Well, if you already know, why wait? Why not just go ahead and tell us?” That’s a really good question.
As you can probably imagine, there are a lot of moving parts to a search process like this: there’s the church where our new pastor has been serving to consider, the staff and volunteers there, there are moving arrangements and family plans to work out, there are goodbyes to say and celebrations to be had. Our heart, and the heart of our next pastor, is to honor the church where he’s been serving and do anything we can to allow him to leave well. We want to respect the process and align our timeline of communication with what works best for all involved. So, even though it feels like making a long process even longer, we know that it’s worth the wait and we’re continuing to trust God’s timing like we have been through this entire season. We assure you, we’ll be telling you here the moment that the news is public there!
Until then, let’s keep covering our church, the church our pastor is coming from, and our community in prayer. Let’s keep loving, serving and giving! Be sure to check out our opportunities to Do Good this Summer at crosspoint.tv/dogoodsummer and join us for tons of fun this Sunday as we celebrate DAD and all the ways he ROCKS!
See you Sunday,
Hey Cross Point,
As the school year has concluded and all the end-of-the-year field trips and parties have passed, we’re excited about jumping into summer! We’re confident that this summer will hold the conclusion of our pastor search and a chance to meet and begin getting to know our next pastor. In the meantime, we are gearing up for Big Gross Adventure June 13-15 and Student Camp in July, chances to Do Good this Summer, and the continuation of our Storyline series. I know I can’t wait to continue to explore how the story God is writing includes purpose and big plans for my life. See you Sunday (and go Preds!)
It was such an honor to launch our Storyline series this past Sunday. I believe God is writing an incredible story in our church and I don’t want to miss it—I want to live a better story!
Over the last few weeks, there have been emails and social media comments inquiring whether or not I might be the next pastor of Cross Point. I don’t presume that’s everyone’s vote, but wanted to speak into it. I was given the opportunity to throw my hat into the ring, but chose not to. I don’t need to be “the” pastor because I’m already one of the pastors! I have such high belief in the team of pastors who are already here at Cross Point. But I believe that God is bringing us a lead pastor who will provide the leadership and spiritual direction that propels us into our next season. I’ll continue to be one of the voices that communicates here at Cross Point, but my full support and enthusiasm will be behind our next pastor.
I hope you’ll be back on Sunday for the second week of Storyline as we dive into a conversation about the things in this life that are worth wanting!
This week in our staff meeting Drew Powell from our leadership team talked about a familiar passage of scripture, Proverbs 3:5-6. But when reading it from a different translation, some new truths and great reminders jumped out.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (The Voice) Place your trust in the Eternal; rely on Him completely; never depend upon your own ideas and inventions. Give Him the credit for everything you accomplish, and He will smooth out and straighten the road that lies ahead.
It’s such an important encouragement to remember in this season of waiting for God to lead us to our next pastor. That it’s from a place of trust and acknowledging Him that direction comes. And that’s not simply true for this season of our church’s story, it’s true in all of our lives. Praying that you find strength to rely on God completely in whatever it is your life is throwing at you right now.
As we are learning to trust Him more with our lives and our stories, I think our next series is going to be a really important journey to go on together. Join us this Sunday as we begin Storyline: Discovering Your Place in God’s Story.
Hey Cross Point,
What a great weekend getting to celebrate the baptisms of over 100 people this past Sunday! That picture of life change and of God’s continued faithfulness is truly incredible. We continue to see His faithfulness in our pastor search, and we ask for your prayers as the process moves forward. We also can’t wait to celebrate all the moms of Cross Point this Sunday with our special guest speaker Christy Wright. We’ve got a lot of fun and special moments in store, so invite your mom and we’ll see you then!
Creative Arts Pastor
Hey Cross Point family,
I’m coming off of an amazing week away with my wife to celebrate our 20th anniversary. If my heart didn’t feel grateful enough after that, I also get to share with you that we’re approaching the final stage of our pastor search. The way that God is guiding this process has truly blown me away, and again, I just feel so grateful. Thank you for continuing to pray for our hiring team and our elders through this season.
In addition to that, we’re so excited to get to celebrate baptisms this Sunday. What an incredible picture of the way God is changing lives in our midst! We hope you’ll join us as we worship together and get to witness this life-changing moment with our church family!
It’s been such an honor to get to share with our church the last couple of weekends. I hope that you are continuing to see the fog dispel in your lives as you allow hope to rise. I want you to know, as a part of the pastor search team, we’re feeling that same hope in the search process. The first 6 months after Pete resigned, it felt as if things were moving very slowly. And we were open with you all that it was okay with us that things felt slow because we were being deliberate to trust God’s timing and to do our due diligence with this decision. While I’m hesitant to provide any sort of timeline at this point, I will say that the pace of our search has picked up. We’re excited and hopeful as we have a real sense that God is preparing Cross Point’s next pastor and that we’ll see this process come to fruition soon.
Can’t wait to worship with you this Sunday!
We are absolutely blown away by all God did at Cross Point over Easter weekend. While big numbers certainly aren’t our goal, we know that each number represents an individual and a story. So when we see over 11,000 people in attendance and over 600 decisions to follow Christ in a week, we celebrate each and every one of the changed lives those numbers reflect. We’re so grateful to the incredible volunteers who made Easter weekend so special and truly created environments where our guests felt that “Everyone’s Welcome, because Nobody’s Perfect, but with Jesus Anything’s Possible.”
And since this past weekend, our hiring team has hit the ground running with continued conversations in the process of searching for Cross Point’s next Senior Pastor. We continue to ask for your prayers for wisdom, discernment and God’s guidance. And we hope you’ll invite a friend and join us this Sunday as we continue our series Hope Rises. See you then!
Central Ministries Pastor
Hey Cross Point,
As we mentioned last week, we’re so encouraged by the recent developments and conversations our hiring team has been having with some really wise and talented candidates in our search for our next Senior Pastor, and yet, currently, the majority of our energy and attention is pointed toward Easter. Since it’s one of the Sundays when people are most open to attending church, our staff team and volunteers are working tirelessly to “set the table” for what we trust will be an incredible weekend as we celebrate the hope we have in Jesus. We hope you’re planning to join us for one of our Easter services and that you’re seizing the opportunity to extend an invite or two along the way. You can find service times for all of our locations as well as invite tools at crosspoint.tv/Easter. We can’t wait to celebrate with you and your family!
Hey Cross Point family,
As a Hiring Team, we could not be more encouraged about the conversations we’ve been able to have over the last couple of weeks with some incredible pastors. We see God’s hand all over the process and continue to trust Him with the next season in the life of our church. At the same time, we’re turning much of our hearts and energy toward helping the amazing staff and volunteers of Cross Point prepare for Easter. We can’t wait to celebrate the hope we have through Jesus with you, your family and your friends. Let’s all keep our eyes open to the opportunities God places in our paths to invite others to join in on the celebration!
The last couple of weeks in the pastor search have brought a ton of new excitement and optimism for the leadership team. We’ve had meetings and interviews with a few new candidates that we feel are exactly the kinds of pastors and leaders that would serve Cross Point well. Every day we’re getting closer to a decision. God is clearly in this process and is guiding our steps every day. Please continue to pray for the candidates’ families and for clarity, wisdom, and discernment for our hiring team.
And in the “in between,” we have so much great stuff coming up as a church, like Serve the City this Saturday and our chance to Invite, Serve and Attend for Easter. Check out crosspoint.tv/serve and crosspoint.tv/easter and be sure to join us for these exciting days.
Leadership Team member/Director of Operations
When asked, “What’s going on in the hiring process for senior pastor?” Doug Thiesen, our Pastor of Ministries, shared this:
There are some amazingly gifted pastors out there. It’s been fun to “stalk” some of them online and to have the chance to speak with some of them as well. Our hiring team is looking forward to getting to know a few of them even better in the coming weeks. We have some conversations planned and can’t wait to see where God continues to lead and how He provides for our church through this season. Additionally, we’re so excited about Serve the City coming up on April 1st. It’s such a part of Cross Point’s DNA to serve and love others, and I hope you’ll plan to be a part of this special day!
This past Sunday was a really special one for Cross Point as we had the privilege of hearing from both our Executive Pastor Kevin Cook and our Bellevue Pastor Chris Nichols. They unpacked where we’ve been, where we currently find ourselves, and where our church leadership senses God continuing to direct our church in this season and into the next. While we’re not as far along in the pastor search as we might prefer, the hiring team is diligently pressing forward in the process. The leadership team, in partnership with our Board of Elders and Board of Directors, continues to lead our staff and our church family to BE the church that God calls us to be.
Chris Nichols explored a passage of scripture from Acts 27 that provides a great deal of insight into how to respond to seasons of life when we find ourselves in uncharted waters—unexpected circumstances we feel blind-sided or ill-prepared for. And haven’t we all faced those moments? Some highlights from the message include a challenge to face our circumstances with both honesty and faith. Oftentimes, we might lean toward one or the other, but God truly allows us to move forward in dependence on Him when we find a balance of the two. We can find nourishment for our journey when we continually refuel with God’s provisions of scripture, community and time with Him. And we find ourselves in an incredible posture to dive into His faithfulness and learn to trust the promise that He is with us when we choose to “swim” rather than placing our hope in the past or in the future. Check out the full message HERE and find opportunities to put this message into action at crosspoint.tv/swim.
Hey Cross Point,
I’ll be honest, I am still on a little bit of a high from the incredible day God blessed us with this past Sunday! On top of getting hear great messages from our local pastors, 97 people chose to take the courageous step to make their faith in Christ public through baptism. I loved having the privilege to get into the tank and actually baptize several of those individuals. There’s just nothing like seeing their faces as they come out of the water! Those are 97 lives that are being changed here in our community! Our staff spent time yesterday sharing some of the stories behind that number, and I’m truly blown away by how God continues to work here at Cross Point.
Our Hiring Team is hard at work in our search for the next senior pastor. In addition to listening to hours worth of different messages and teaching, we’ve gotten a chance to spend some time in conversations with candidates. We’re continuing to to trust God’s leadership and timing with this process and we invite you to keep on leaning in with us in prayer for this season in the life of our church.
I am personally so excited about this coming Sunday and want to make sure you’re making plans to be with us. Think of it as a sort of family meeting where we’re going to get to talk openly about where we are as a church and where God’s leading us. Our Leadership team and the Elders have prepared and prayed over this day and we’re expectant of how God’s going to show up. Can’t wait to see you Sunday! And between now and then, know that we’re praying for you and we’re so thankful to be on this journey with you.
What fun to get to surprise our good friend Jason Miller and his church in Indiana, South Bend City Church, with the fact that they were chosen to be the recipients of this month’s Dollar Club! With the incredible care and investment that Jason has poured into our church during our season of transition between Senior Pastors, we’re so honored and humbled to get to pour back into what God is doing in South Bend!
While we continue our pastor search and dig further into getting to know the candidates God has brought to this search, we also continue to be amazed at the way that He is working and changing lives in our community. One of the most tangible ways we get to celebrate life change together is through baptism, which is coming up this Sunday! Baptism is such a beautiful picture of the way that God makes us new, and we can’t wait to celebrate with those who are choosing to take this next step in their journey with Jesus. Join us in praying for those who will be baptized and continue to pray for God to guide every step of our pastor search. See you Sunday!
-Cross Point’s Leadership Team
There’s not a lot to say this week, but I wanted to mention two quick things:
1. Jason Miller is back with us this Sunday to close our series, The Other Side of Me. Last week we talked about how God sees us and this week Jason will share about how others experience us, and how the way we love and care for others makes a lasting difference.
2. If that weren’t enough, this Sunday is also the February Dollar Club reveal. It’s always a special Sunday when we get to share how your small act of generosity made a huge impact in someone’s life, so you won’t want to miss it.
I hope every can take some time to enjoy the warmer weather. Have a great week and we’ll see you Sunday.
Last week we had the opportunity to partner with the Tim Tebow Foundation and host a Night to Shine. And although I say “we”, I really mean “you” hosted a Night to Shine. Over 200 of you showed up to escort people with special needs through an unbelievable prom night. You showed up to do their hair and makeup, to shine their shoes and to help them have an unforgettable night. We love that we are a church who isn’t afraid to love people and meet them exactly where they are, and we love you for being that church.
Over the past two weeks we’ve been hard at work learning about Lead Pastor candidates. We’ve read through a lot of resumes, a lot of writing and watched many messages. This process is not as fast as we’d like, but we continue to seek comfort in God’s timing because we know God’s plan usually doesn’t look like what we expect and is rarely fast enough for our worries, but it is always best. Right now we are passionate about seeking what’s best, not just what’s easy or comfortable.
We know you’ve heard it enough already, but don’t stop praying. As we continue to unite as a church, God will continue to use us to do amazing things in this city, this country and around the world.
I can’t believe January of 2017 is already coming to a close! Where did it go?! It’s so easy to let the time pass, the days coming and going, without taking much notice. That’s why I’m so thankful for Mike Foster’s message this past Sunday. He shared that God builds beautiful stories of hope, and that we can count on this truth: “Behold, I am making all things new” (Revelation 21:5). Mike reminded me that Jesus expects participation, not perfection. It means that I can offer what I have, and that whatever I have is enough for God to create something beautiful out of. I don’t want to just let life happen to me; I want to get intentional about it and truly participate in the life Jesus has invited me to. Now is the time for a second wind!
I’m excited to have Jason Miller back with us this Sunday, as he closes out our first series of the year with what happens when you find your second wind and how that can affect the world around you. Bring a friend on Sunday, and then enjoy the big game together! If you attend the Nashville location, evening services are canceled so you can gather with friends to enjoy the game, commercials and great food (wings, anyone?). That means that for Nashville location attendees, we’ll see you at 9:00 and 10:45 AM this Sunday! In the Sundays to follow, we’ll hear from some of our very own, like Chris Nichols, Bellevue Pastor, and Kevin Robison, Franklin Pastor. Great things to look forward to!
Hope you’re having an awesome week,
Hope your week is off to a good start! As you heard from our Operations Director, Matt, last week, our hiring team met with members of Vanderbloemen Search Group this past Thursday. We’re excited to be taking our next steps in the search for our next lead pastor. They presented several impressive candidates to us who could potentially be our next pastor. Over the next few weeks, the hiring team will be learning more about the candidates, listening to their messages, talking as a team and praying fervently. One of the 6 could be our next lead pastor, which is so exciting. And if not, we’ll continue our search until we find the exact person God wants for Cross Point. We’re anxious to find that perfect fit for our church family, but we want to be careful not to rush the process either. We know these things take time and we’re actively pursuing God, engaging the process, and seeking His direction. We don’t know the specifics of the plans He has, but we do know that they’re good and that we need your prayers. Be in prayer for the person who will be our next lead pastor and their family. Pray for wisdom and discernment for our hiring team as they assess and pray over these candidates. We are being careful not to rush the process, but we will continue to update you at every step.
And also know that we’re praying for you. I know that in a church the size of Cross Point, there are those of you going through really difficult challenges and those who are in seasons of joy and celebration. Either way, I keep thinking back to the scripture I shared with you guys at our One Church event a couple of weeks ago. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” If you’re anything like me, you probably wish God would shine a huge floodlight on the path ahead of you, allowing you to see how things that may be tough right now end up working out for the good. But that’s not what we’re promised. We’re promised that He gives us His word as a lamp for our feet…with just enough light to take our next step. And I can’t help but thinking that He does that to help us lean on Him and trust Him with our journey. And so, let’s keep doing that and journeying together as a family. Let’s keep gathering on Sundays, inviting friends, circling up in our groups, giving, serving and praying for God to guide us.
Can’t wait to see you on Sunday as we continue our series, Second Wind!
I’m excited to share this week’s update. This week is full of anticipation as we meet with the Vanderbloemen Search Group for their candidate presentation. The Vanderbloemen team has spent the last few months praying for our church, gathering resumes, watching messages, and flying around the country to interview face to face with some amazing pastors to narrow down a very broad search to just a handful of qualified candidates.
We’re thankful for their partnership and extensive work on this search. Our hope right now is that anyone reading this update will partner with us in praying for wisdom and discernment for our leadership team and elders and to pray for the heart and family of our next pastor. Our best days are truly ahead, and when we pause and look back over this season I’m convinced we will clearly see how God was orchestrating our church’s future for His good and His glory.
This is a time of year I always like to hit pause and reflect on all the God has done in the life of Cross Point. I’ve done this over the past 14 years that my family and I have been a part of this amazing community. In those 14 years, I’ve watched God restore the broken and heal countless wounded hearts. I’ve watched thousands of people make the decision to turn their lives over to Christ and get baptized. I’ve seen tears of happiness and tears of pain in the eyes of some of my best friends. I’ve watched thousands of volunteers love on this city by both getting their hands dirty and sometimes just by listening to someone’s story. Whether it was helping to rebuild this city after the floods of 2010, construction on our feeding center in the Dominican Republic, building out our West Nashville Dream Center, giving hope to someone’s Christmas through the Dollar Club, celebrating a friend’s victory in a small group, partnering with the Department of Human Services at our Bellevue Safe Room, loading up in vans with supplies and headed south after the Alabama tornadoes of 2011…the people of Cross Point have always shown up.
Honestly, this list goes on and on. Since our first “official” service years ago, during the middle of Nashville’s sweltering summer heat and inside the Bellevue Community Center, I’ve been amazed and humbled by the faithfulness of God and of the spirit of the people in our church home. Cross Point is a place for which I’m very thankful.
2016 was a year of change like no other. Our founding pastor, Pete Wilson, resigned. Pete, Brandi and their three boys gave of themselves tirelessly through the years to the people and mission of this church and for that, we love and are eternally grateful to them. God put a vision in Pete’s heart for this church and then worked through us all to love on Nashville, Dickson, Bellevue, Franklin, Mt. Juliet, West Nashville and to thousands more online. We continue to pray for Pete, Brandi and their family. Now, looking ahead into 2017, I’m excited to see where God is leading Cross Point. We seek to stay true to our founding values of being a church where everyone is welcome, nobody’s perfect and anything is possible in Christ.
As you’ve heard our Executive Pastor Kevin Cook say, our pastoral search is going well; we hope to have more news on that front soon. In the coming weeks you’ll also hear about new initiatives like the launch of our groups and global good, which we’ve always believed are two of the best ways to build community within the church and go out and love in the world. At the heart of Cross Point, we are a church that loves to serve and give, so we’ll continue to have Serve the City opportunities, The Dollar Club will continue to have a big impact on our community, and our Dream Big initiative will too. We want to share God’s love and grace with Middle Tennessee as we always have.
Although we don’t know everything that will happen this year, God does! I hope you’ll join me in remaining unwavering to our vision of being radically devoted to Christ, irrevocably committed to one another and relentlessly dedicated to reaching those outside God’s family.
Elder, Cross Point Church
Happy New Year, Cross Point family! I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year with family and friends! I sure enjoyed some downtime with family after an exciting season of ministry around Christmas at Cross Point. Although, with 5 kids of my own, I’m not so sure there’s such thing as “down time”. At one point, our kids decided to have a sleepover and I counted 9 children in our house! We had such a great time.
Just a quick update about our search for a Senior Pastor. Our Hiring team and leadership will be meeting with William Vanderbloemen again from the Vanderbloemen Search Group in mid-January. At that time, we’ll see some actual candidates for the position. We’re still trusting God and staying in constant prayer that He leads us in this process. We can’t thank you enough for praying with us.
Here are a couple of other things on my heart this week: I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who gave their time and resources to “Dream Big” as well as the “12 Days of Serving”. We’re still hearing amazing stories of all God did through His people in the month of December.
Hopefully you’ve heard by now that tonight is One Church at the Nashville location. We really felt like the best way to start the new year was for all of our locations to gather simply to pray, worship, and fix our eyes on Jesus as we head into 2017. I hope you’ll come out and join us. It starts at 6:30PM and childcare is provided for kids 4 and under. I believe this is an important night in the life of our church family as we not only seek God together, but we also pause to thank Him for His faithfulness and goodness to us in 2016. Can’t wait to worship with you all tonight!
We absolutely loved having Lisa Harper with us for our special online experience on New Year’s Day and we’re excited to have Jason Miller back with us this Sunday as we begin our new series, “Second Wind”. Hope to see you tonight for “One Church”!
Kevin Cook, Executive Pastor
Throughout December, we’ve been talking about something you’re probably familiar with by now: Dream Big. It’s something we do around this time every year, where we ask the church to dream big together about how we can bless people and share the hope of Christ with others through the generosity of a year-end gift above and beyond our regular giving. We encourage everyone to participate; no gift is too small.
With that, Dream Big ends with the close of December, so if you haven’t had the opportunity to give yet, there is still time! Visit www.crosspoint.tv/give by December 31st, 2016 to support Dream Big.
We’re still getting great feedback from the Vanderbloem Group on the search for our new Senior Pastor. In the beginning of Janurary we’ll have what is called the “mid point check in” to continue to evaluate the characteristics and qualities of our future Pastor. This part of the process happens before we get any names of candidates who are interested. Thanks for praying during this season. Our leadership team truly feels the prayers and support.
I hope that as we’ve shared about dreaming big over the last month, your heart has been stirred to what God is doing and wants to do through Cross Point, and I hope your heart has been stirred with how God might want for you to be a part of Dream Big. Have a great week!
-Kevin Cook, Executive Pastor
Throughout scripture, God has many names. Lord God Almighty, the Lord My Shepherd, the Everlasting God, the Lord [who] Will Provide, and more. Time and time again, God is described with strength, might, power and authority, as a God of no small size, a God without limits and a God who is over all.
God clearly wears a lot of hats.
Then we get to the Nativity Story and a new name is added to the mix: Immanuel. This eight-letter word simply means, “God With Us.” Jesus came, and our tremendous and everlasting God was suddenly a weak and seemingly insignificant baby boy, one of us, who would eventually sacrifice everything to be with us always.
This week, as you bake Christmas cookies, open gifts and watch Christmas Vacation (my personal favorite!), take time to reflect on what it means that our mighty God chose to be with us and gave us a new name to call Him. Immanuel,God with us, the God who came near. His birth was an invitation for all.
“Now all this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel.” -Matthew 1:22-23
Kevin Cook, Executive Pastor
Did you catch Sunday’s service? We continued our series called Oh, Light, and our very own Bellevue Pastor, Chris Nichols, spoke. I think it was an extra special Sunday, just being able to hear from one of our own who’s been around Cross Point for years! If you missed it, you can catch it anytime at www.crosspoint.tv/ohlight. A couple of other updates: Dream Big is going strong as we round out the year and dream of ways we can share the hope of Christ and bless others through the India Dream Home, God Behind Bars, Night to Shine and more. You can check out the India Dream Home and the difference it’s already making by clicking here. My hope is that you’ll play a part through your generosity in the form of a year-end gift above your regular giving and dream big with us. Finally, Christmas is just around the corner, and that means Christmas Eve services for the whole family are too! I added the Christmas Eve service schedule below so you can choose the best time and location to attend.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday. We’re excited to have Jason Miller back with us to close out our “Oh Light” Christmas Series. As always, be praying for our next Lead Pastor. No big news on that front, but we’re getting great updates from Vanderbloemen Search Group, and we’re trusting God as he leads the way.
-Kevin Cook, Executive Pastor
Around Cross Point, we love Christmas. It’s one of our favorite times of the year—with Dream Big, 12 Days of Serving, and of course our Christmas Eve services where we come together as a family to celebrate the gift of Jesus—it’s truly a special season. My hope is that you’ll be a part of Christmas at Cross Point in one or more of these ways as we unite to remember what the holiday is all about. While we’re partnering with Vanderbloemen Search Group to seek out God’s next Lead Pastor for Cross Point, in the short-term, we’re really looking forward to continue hearing from our friends Joseph Sojourner, Mike Foster, Jason Miller and more. I’m especially excited about this Sunday as Chris Nichols, our Bellevue Location Pastor, shares with us. I hope you’ll continue to pray over Cross Point as well as our search for a new Lead Pastor, and I hope you’ll join me at Cross Point this Sunday as we continue our series Oh, Light. Check back here on Wednesdays for more weekly updates. Have a good week!
-Kevin Cook, Executive Pastor
As we head into the holiday season, there’s much to be grateful for. Getting to witness over 140 people take the step to be baptized a couple of weeks ago and watching thousands of 12 Days of Serving boxes, full of gifts, come through our doors this past Sunday are just a couple of reminders of the incredible ways God is at work in our community. In the midst of that, we are continuing the search for our next Senior Pastor. We have partnered with the Vanderbloemen Search Group (www.vanderbloemen.com) to ensure that those who are well-equipped and experienced in church staffing are helping us seek out God’s next for our church. Please continue to pray for wisdom and direction, not only for our team who is leading through this process, but also for the hearts of our next pastor and his family. We’re excited to see how God continues to work in and through our Cross Point family in this next season!
-Kevin Cook, Executive Pastor
We have established the Transitional Leadership Team who are meeting weekly and staying in close contact to focus on guiding and caring for the staff and the congregation through this transitional time in our church’s story. That’s everything from keeping a close eye on vision and health, planning for and managing change and evaluating what we need to do and when. They’re the crew that’s keeping us going!
Kevin Cook, our Executive Pastor is leading this team. Kevin and his family have attended Cross Point since 2008, and he has served on our staff team in several capacities (as a Location Pastor, the Stewardship Pastor and as an Executive Team member) since 2009. The other staff members serving on this team are Chris Nichols as Bellevue’s Pastor (representing all multi-site locations), Matt Warren as Director of Operations, Doug Thiesen as Pastor of Outreach and Development, and Drew Powell as Creative Arts Pastor. Know that they are here for us and their hearts are to lead both the staff team and our attendees toward that healthy balance among the main areas of our vision—discipleship, community and evangelism.
We have established three teams that will help to search for our next pastor. These teams are made up of some elders, board members, staff and leaders that are prayerfully vetting the candidates God is already leading our way. Along with some input from trusted pastors at other churches, these teams will present their recommendations to the Board of Elders (Charlie Neese, Terrence Gibson, JK Scott, Rob Sentell, Will Tyner, and Tom Tyndall).
We have multiple candidates already interested in being our next pastor. Please continue praying earnestly for who God’s leading to us, for wisdom and clarity for all involved in the search process. Stay faithful by praying, giving, attending and continuing to be the incredibly loving people that have been and will be this church.