Project Portsmouth Wish List

Wish-list

We get asked all the time what we need to purchase before the church launches (hopefully this Fall). Here’s a break down by time frame:

ASAP


1. We need a macbook pro to continue design projects and finish the website. We found a refurbished macbook that has the specs we need (heavy video card) here. To purchase a macbook with a heavy video card new would be very expensive.

OVER THE NEXT 6 MONTHS


1. We will need a snake like this.

2. Portable speakers will be a necessity.

3. We will need a soundboard.

4. We will start with four of these mics.

5. This case will store equipment and serve as a live sound station.

Of course there’s more we’ll need. Here’s a growing list of items we need before we launch.

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the church has a steeple

 

A few months ago, a church in the area donated their old steeple to our church. They were moving to a new building and the old building was due to be demolished. We finally secured help from a bucket truck, and today the steeple is secure on top of our building. We couldn’t have done it without the help of masny guys in our church. They sanded, painted, and framed in the support brackets.

 Hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving!

-Marc and Casie

which denominations are growing/declining in America?

Report from the Religion News Service

(RNS) While mainline Protestant churches in the U.S. continue to experience decades-long decline, the memberships of Pentecostal traditions are on the rise, according to new figures compiled by the National Council of Churches.

Mainline Protestant churches that have seen a fall in membership since the 1970s continued their decline; the Presbyterian Church (USA) reported the greatest membership drop (2.6 percent) of the 25 largest denominations.

The membership declines in mainline churches led to a 1 percent decrease in total U.S. church membership, to 145.8 million.

Pentecostal churches make up four of the 25 largest churches, and both the Assemblies of God and the Church of God (Cleveland, Tenn.) increased in membership. Only six of the 25 largest memberships increased over the previous year.

Jehovah’s Witnesses experienced the greatest growth percentage overall, gaining 4.37 percent according to the yearbook. Several historically black denominations continued a years-long practice of not submitting fresh figures.

The 10 largest Christian bodies reported in the 2011 yearbook are:

1. The Catholic Church: 68.5 million, up 0.57 percent.

2. Southern Baptist Convention: 16.1 million, down .42 percent.

3. The United Methodist Church: 7.8 million, down 1 percent.

4. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 6 million, up 1.42 percent.

5. The Church of God in Christ: 5.5 million, no membership updates reported.

6. National Baptist Convention, USA: 5 million, no membership updates reported.

7. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: 4.5 million, down 1.96 percent.

8. National Baptist Convention of America, 3.5 million, no membership updates reported.

9. Assemblies of God: 2.9 million, up .52 percent.

10. Presbyterian Church (USA): 2.7 million, down 2.61 percent.

Why I love kid’s ministry

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When I was in college I had a real fear of speaking to children under the age of 10. A large part of my ministry at CrossPointe is teaching kids of every age. Speaking to Teens and Adults has always been relatively comfortable to me, but speaking to little ones presented a unique challenge that I didn’t want to tackle. I had to learn to let go. I had to learn to get out of my confort zone. To really communicate with kids I can’t be concerned with how I look or sound. To be honest I know for a fact I look really silly when I am teaching the kids sometimes. However, that is when I really connect with the kids. The kids aren’t impressed with a college degree, alliterated points, perfectly timed transitions, etc. Actually the kids love silly little illustrations about my dog Griffin.

I love that every Sunday morning I get to worship with kids who enjoy real worship, enjoy having a good time learning about God, and enjoy allowing Jesus to change their hearts. Shouldn’t we as Christians have the faith of a child? I believe we should have the faith of a child, as well as the joy kids seem to hold on to through the toughest of situations. Just a random thought after a long rewarding day in kid’s ministry.

25 ways to reach new people

These are just some ways to meet new people and invite them to church. Our church has tried alot of them, but not all of them. If they are expensive ways I have marked them with $, $$, $$$ accordingly. There is no silver bullet. All of these ideas take time to catch on. However, if you and your church people consistently try to reach people and invite them to church, you will see results.

1. send out postcard invitations to every home within 5 miles of your church $$$

2. host a community cookout at your church on a Saturday

3. sponsor a little league baseball/basketball/football team

4. organize and advertise a city wide scavenger hunt and partner people in your church with new people

5. rent a booth at local festivals and sponsor a give away while passing out your church information

6. get a group to do city clean up projects while wearing your church t shirts

7. host an outdoor movie nite in the summer using projectors and a huge outdoor screen

8. pass out free water bottles and church info at the local little league games on a hot summer day

9. advertise on the radio $$

10. advertise on tv $$$

11. advertise in your local paper $

12. challenge your people to invite friends to church

13. have your staff coach a city little league team

14. advertise on billboards $$$$

15. start a tv ministry $$$$$$$$$$$$$

16. make brochures available to your people to invite others

17. send out an email invitation to your church and ask your people to forward it to their friends

18. host national night out events at your church

19. hang door hangers on every door in your city inviting people to your church

20. invite local firemen and police offcers to a special service honoring our community heros, invite the mayor, chief, or city council member to speak

21. take a random office free lunch or breakfast along with your church brochures and business cards

22. pay for the meal of people behind you in the drive thru and leave them an invitation to church

23. sign up for a service that sends new families just moving into your city invitations to your church

24. take cupcakes to the fire/police station and thank them for their hard work

25. have a free car wash on Saturday and give every one invitations to your church on Sunday

What’s up in Suffolk

Hey everybody,

It’s been crazy around here lately and I just realized it’s been 2 months since we updated our blog! Thought I’d let you in on what’s been going on at CrossPointe. 2011 is off to a great start. We have seen an increase in giving at the church. Right now we really need to get our $200,000 down payment 5 year loan paid off. It’s killing us with an almost $4,000/month payment. Some good news is that we have been awarded almost $30,000 from home missions to go toward paying it off. Want some more great news? Casie and I just got our statement from Home Missions. October and December 0f 2010 were two of the biggest months our missions account has EVER seen. October came in at 167% and December came in at 145% For the first time in a long time we have a little bit of a surplus! After spending most of 2010 with an empty account, it’s amazing to now have a little left over after 2010. He knows what we need, when we need it.

God has been good to our ministry in alot of ways lately. Our Teen class on Sunday mornings is now averaging 15 a week. This is up from our average of 10 a week. Awanas is also off to a great start this winter. We had one Sunday night (when Awanas meets) with over 75 people! It’s been great to see our kids and Teenagers growing in Christ. Our attendence is holding strong in the 80’s even in the midst of a chilly winter.

I want to ask you guys to pray for a few needs we have right now. Please pray for some converts who have now openly declared they no longer believe in God. They are very friendly and want to remain close. Please pray God would show Himself to this couple. Please also pray for us as we strive to pay off the down payment. If we can shed that debt, and  increase giving by 50% we’ll be very close to being a self-supporting work. Thanks for all your prayers and support. You guys are the best!

Marc and Casie

CrossPointe update

We are excited to tell you about what’s been going on recently at CrossPointe. We started AWANAS a few weeks ago on Sunday nights, as well as our youth service for teenagers. Last Sunday night we had 79 come to church for the evening service. Nine of those were visitors. The kids and teenagers have really enjoyed the new ministries, and we are excited about the future generations of our church. The week before that was Fall Back Sunday. We had over 90 people in church that morning, and 17 in our Teen Sunday School class. That is the most we’ve ever seen in our Teen class. It was exciting to see so many new families, as well as some returning families.

We are still trying to find the best option for a baptistry. Pray we find one soon, because we have 11 people waiting to be abptized. Also please pray for us as we begin investigating how difficult a steeple would be to put up. The city will probably have some requirements, but we are hoping to get a small one soon.