THERE IS MORE TO IT.
The greatest concern in my ministry leader life right now is helping my church know what they believe and learn to articulate it with gentleness and respect. I may be holding onto the impossible, but it still seems doable to be clear about what you believe, but do it with kindness while remaining friends with those who see things differently than you do.
In December 1956, the First Christian Church of Oklahoma City moved from their beautiful cathedral on NW 10th Street in downtown Oklahoma City to their new, very modern campus at NW 36th and Walker. Both buildings are still standing as architectural gems of the past.
The original building was constructed in 1911 and was certainly a cathedral; it was referred to as “neoclassical architecture with a stone exterior” and featured a gold-domed roof that rivaled our domeless state capital. That building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
Sitting in my church each weekend, you will find far too many people who encountered a church in their past that made them feel as if they were unlovable and that it was a permanent condition. For as long as I live, I will never understand why so many churches, church people, and pastors are so afraid of love and grace.
Sometimes I wonder about the world my grandkids are growing up in. I wonder if Kim and I are setting up markers that will forever remind the generations who come after us that God is still God, that he still loves, guides, understands, forgives, and calls us to do the same.
In July of 1983, I made one of the most important decisions of my life: I became the husband of Kim Townsdin. Today, a little over thirty-five and a half years have passed, and life has taken us on a journey we could have never planned or predicted. One thing is sure, Crossings Community Church would not be what it is today were it not for her impact on my life and the life of our church. I'm so excited for you to hear from Kim! Enjoy!
For our 60th anniversary, we’ve decided to not throw ourselves an extravagant (and costly!) party in 2019. We thought about going to Chesapeake Arena so the whole church could be together at one time, but that was going to be a very expensive party. We will celebrate–and we should!–but we will celebrate the faithfulness of God. We will thank Him for allowing us the privilege of this journey.
Through my years in ministry, I have navigated more “divine opportunities” than I can remember. What I’m about to say is not an exaggeration. It is not an attempt to downplay my leadership or that of our church Elders.
In fact, the men and women who have served on our Elder board through the years were willing to pursue what seemed like “divine opportunities” until a door closed or the opportunity became a reality.
2018 was a record-breaking year because our focus has been and always will be Jesus: following Jesus, putting Jesus at the center of life, doing what Jesus did, living like he calls us to live, and giving him the best we can in every area of our lives.
That’s the real prize of 2018 for me.
It was the first Sunday of December. Fall 2018 was very busy and demanding around Crossings, and we were getting ready to head into a season that would make the fall season look like a stroll in the park.
So I took the Sunday right after Thanksgiving off and stayed home.