Important note for CrossView

To My Church Family,

I have spent several days trying to come up with the words to say that could express how I really feel to you guys. Let me first say that the last 6 years have been the best years of my life!!! Trusting God for the impossible and stepping out into the unknown to start CrossView has been worth it every minute! I LOVE my church!!!! Seeing Jesus change lives over and over again has been breathtaking. My Faith has been stretched in so many ways!! To see people own the vision that God placed in my heart I can only express with one word OVERWHELMING. I have viewed first hand every single one of you make sacrifices that has blown me away for the sake of advancing the Gospel! I know you all love CrossView not just with your words, but with your action that come from your heart! As I walk about CrossView Goodyear campus I am still in awe of Gods provisions to provide and bless us!! Each of you have communicated that you “have my back” and the truth is you HAVE! So with all that said, I’m grateful to be called your pastor and I am overflowing with gratitude for all you have done in being a vessel that God has used in lifting up Jesus! Jesus has really honored everything we have done by changing lives for eternity! I am a firm believer that if we listen to God and do what he says he will show out Or When human responsibility collides with Devine power miracles happen!!!! I can honestly say that over the last six years I have been able to take part in miracle, after miracle because of your faithfulness to listen to the Lord!!! So let’s keep listening to God, and simply doing what he says so he will use the church of Rockmart to impact the world!! The Best is Yet to Come!

Love you all,
Pastor D


GEARING UP TO MAKE A DIFFERANCE

Join us for Community Makeover 2011.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: COMMUNITY MAKEOVER 2011!

ATLANTA FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATION WORKING TO BRING CHURCHES, NON-PROFITS, AND BUSINESSES TOGETHER TO SERVE METRO ATLANTA
Dallas, GA, March 3rd, 2011 — Engage Atlanta would like to invite churches, non-profits, businesses, and individuals to come together to serve their community and participate in this year’s Community Makeover, July 21st – 24th, 2011.

Collaborating with churches, businesses, civic groups and other non-profits, projects will be selected with the help of local school systems and community leaders. Projects can also be submitted by individuals needing assistance, or may suggest a friend who could benefit from acts of kindness facilitated by this massive volunteer force.

Community Makeover weekend will culminate on the evening of July 24th, with Celebration Services at sites still being determined around Metro Atlanta.
For additional information or to register your organization visit our website at http://www.engageatlanta.com.

Engage Atlanta began its first Community Makeover with eight churches in Paulding County in the Summer of 2008. Since that time churches and non-profits of different denominations and ethnicity from around Metro Atlanta have partnered together to serve the community. In the three summers that the Community Makeover has occurred more than 1,000 projects have been completed, utilizing more than 12,000 volunteers, and tens of thousands of volunteer hours.

80 churches served together in 2010 and several non-profits including, Habitat For Humanity, A Fresh Hope, Warehouse of Hope and Breakfree Ministry, involving more than 7,000 volunteers.

We invite you and your friends to come alongside other individuals across Metro Atlanta to join this effort in 2011.

Paul Richardson
Executive Director
Engage Atlanta

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11 ?’s about Marriage

11 ?’s about MARRIAGE! Via Perry Noble
News — danny on February 4, 2011 at 5:13 pm
#1 – When was the last time we had a long talk together without any interruptions? (Like going for a walk without the cell phone…or sitting on the couch with the TV off and actually communicating with each other.)
#2 – When was the last time we took a vacation without the kids and just focused on one another? (I know it’s hard to leave them…but you do understand that THEY are going to leave you one day…and when that happens you don’t want to be left living with a stranger!)
#3 – When we argue is it my goal to win the argument or actually solve the problem?
#4 – Am I so obsessed with their faults that I cannot see my own?
#5 – Are we ignoring an issue, hoping it will go away rather than dealing with it?
#6 – (For the men) – Am I spending more time thinking about other women than I am my spouse?
#7 – (For the ladies) – Am I spending more time communicating with men who are NOT my husband via facebook than I am spending communicating face to face with him?
#8 – Has time at work become more of an obsession than time at home?
#9 – How much do we actually pray for each other and the condition of our marriage?
#10 – Does the way that I speak about my spouse to others when they are not around make others think more highly of them…OR more lowly of them?
#11 – Am I willing to do whatever it takes to make this marriage work?

Don’t miss our MAN V/S WIFE Series that begins at CrossView Church on Sunday, Feb 6th, 2011! We will be talking more about this at church on Sunday…but wanted to give you the heads up now and wanted you to go ahead and get ready to BRING PEOPLE to church with you during this series as we begin to explore what the Scriptures say about marriage…and how a commitment to Jesus and to each other makes an UNSTOPPABLE marriage! (See Ecclesiastes 4:12)


BAIL OUT

Corporations are crumbling, the stock market is tumbling, keeping your job is probably a 50/50 shot, and all you’re trying to do is stay afloat. With all the financial uncertainty in the air, most of us are saying “Where’s MY bailout?”
How do we find peace when everything is chaos? How do you hold a family together when everything seems to be crashing overnight? How are we supposed to think about cash?
There are answers and there is hope. Join us at CrossView Church as we talk about the most controversial subject in most of our lives – money
STARTING JANUARY 9th – 16th


WOW

I can’t believe another year is coming to an end. It seems like yesterday we celebrated the New Year of 2010! What an amazing year. I know this is just the beginning of what God is going to be doing in and through CrossView!! Check out a few 2010 highlights.

Home Sweet Home! We had an opportunity this year with tons of volunteers and extreme sacrifice from many to purchase and renovate a permanent facility that will serve as the Goodyear campus of CrossView Community Church. It is amazing what God has done and Gods hand has been all over it from the very beginning.

Found People, Find People; Since September until now we have saw around 85 people choose to follow Jesus as Lord! That never gets old! This is because of you were not willing to leave your lost friends lost!! You and I can’t save anybody ourselves, but we can invest and invite people to meet Jesus and you have done a great Job! I can’t wait to see how God uses YOU as part of his plan this year to transform Rockmart!!

Saved People, Serve People; Our volunteers have been off the chain!! It’s exciting to serve alongside of people that are truly serving because Jesus changed there heart from bring selfish to selfless! It is amazing how God does that! I can’t wait to see how many people step up to the plate this year to serve! Blake Ferguson our Executive Pastor will be leading volunteers to a Whole-Nuther-Level this year! I really can’t wait to see us become the body that God has called us to be!!

Changed People, Challenge People; At the end of 2010 one of our huge goals were accomplished with Journey Groups! I can’t wait to see what’s next under the Leadership of Derick Pace our new Director of Small Groups. For six months I lead a journey group to serve as a model of the vision that God gave me for discipleship. The model is simply the way that Jesus raised disciples! He did life with them, ate with them, spent time with them, answered there questions, challenged there decisions, and there thinking and spoke to there hearts! It was amazing to be a part of the growth that we saw in our group just by doing the things Jesus did! 2011 will be the best year so far that we have had with small groups. I am pumped to say we already have more active groups than we ever have. I am looking forward to seeing huge life Change as we are challenged to walk with Jesus as disciples!

Listen that is just a very small glimpse at what God has done just since September! Can’t wait to get enough time to share more of Gods blessings! The Best is Yet To Come!!


Christmas Eve Planning

News; Right now we are doing some Christmas Eve Service planning and we want this Christmas Eve to be the best Christmas Eve service that people have ever been to. So with that said we need your help. Christmas Eve is always a time where we are able to come together and celebrate the real reason for Christmas and not the one that the world made up, but JESUS! The Theme for this year is “Star Struck” As believers the True Star of Christmas is JESUS, not Santa!!! And so we will be talking about the time we “got struck by the star” Jesus! So here is a few ways you can help!

1) Sign up to decorate
2) Sign up to serve Christmas Eve
3) Video your family hanging a Star on the Christmas Tree and telling the story to family of the real reason for Christmas and how your life got changed by the True Star Jesus!
4) Invest and invite people! Drag them kicking and screaming if you have too, we look forward to your family and friend filling several rows of chairs. We also look forward to this being the best Christmas Eve Service Ever!!!!


Pastors 411

So many times on Sunday I wish I could just give you the 411 of what God is speaking into my life personally, but there is only a little bit of time to speak about what God is doing in me. So with this entry my hope is to help you to know better what God is speaking into my life right now. What a great journey this has been so far for us as a church! I know that the best is yet to come for us at CrossView, and for all of us as followers of Christ. I anticipate some major things coming down the pike as we follow Jesus and trust Him! The truth is, I don’t want to just have a front row seat to the action, but I want to be in the game as God shows out! I want to run up the score on our enemy (Satan) and I want to experience all that God has for me and my family  to experience. I have come to understand over the last 9 years of ministry that in order for me to experience Gods fullness I have to Listen to God, and simply do what He says. I think a lot of times we just get in the way and overcomplicate things.

This past week I started off  preparing for Sunday, and begging God to show me what’s next in the life of our church and ministries. For the month leading up to our opening day at the new facility, I had been preparing for the week after our new launch to be a chill-ax week with our staff to “Celebrate The Win” of getting in the new building. One of the things on the agenda last week was a sushi trip to Smyrna and a Leadership Conference in South Carolina. As I prepared for the trip to South Carolina I asked God to show me what I needed to do as a leader to lead the church to do great things for God! My passion truly is to see peoples lives changed by Jesus Christ! So I really wanting God to say, “Well Danny I want you to Take this step, Take that step, Cross this bridge, and Make that change,”  but at this time I received none of that! So I began to pray even harder, asking God to reveal to me His plan, because as you pastor, I can honestly say I don’t know what I am doing, and I have to depend on His direction. During the middle of the conference pastor Steven Furtick ask a question that really got me thinking even more. Pastor Steven asked; “What is God calling you to do when you get home?” He challenged us to be obedient to Gods voice. I realize that delayed obedience is disobedience. So during the middle of the conference God brought me back the 1st speaker of that days message. It’s crazy, because I had just looked at this passage a few weeks before and it didn’t speak to me the same way as it did this time, but Gods timing is perfect. I was begging GOD to tell me Whats Next? As I was praying God took me back to Joshua chapter 5. In order to give you some context I need to back up a little. Joshua was the leader of the Israelites. After Moses died, Joshua took on the leadership, began to listening to God and He lead the Israelites to trust God and crossover to the promise land and experience Gods greatness. So they crossed over and God told Joshua to perform a surgery that was very painful for men. You can read more about that in Joshua chapter 5. As a guy you could say this surgery “separated the men from the boys” or that Joshua was casting very bold vision of following God! Anyhow, I don’t know if as an adult I would have gone through that membership class ( if you don’t read the end of Joshua chapter 5 you will not understand what I was just saying) Anyway, Joshua lead Gods children to crossover and then they were circumcised and at the end of chapter 5. The Lord appears to Joshua in verse 14..Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” So Joshua’s is like, “God What’s next?” Now I believe the reason Joshua asked what was next was because he was a go getter, and he was motivated to serve the Lord with everything that was within him. He was all out sold out! Full Throttle! He wanted to experience and for others to experience all of Gods power that comes through  faith and obedience. So he falls down asking Gods for his orders and I am sure God blows his mind when he says this in verse 15,“….Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did as he was told. If you remember this story you know after Joshua was obedient, God in his timing revealed his plan to Joshua and gave him the battle plan for Jericho. I told you guys all of that to tell you this; God has spoke to me about this season in which I am in right now. We have crossed over 278 with a lot of faith and a lot of hard work. I am tired but passionate about what God has next for our church, but when I was ask by Pastor Steven, “What do I do when I go home?” The Lord spoke very clear to me, taking me back to this reference in scripture in Joshua 5:15, and He told me to take off my shoe’s! At first I was like “What does that mean?” Then he reminded me of the pain that my feet were in after a long day of work on our new facility, and  of how relaxing it was to finally take off the work boots every night. The picture that He gave me was of me taking my shoes off and propping my feet up on the couch with my family and spending time with Him and them, and He spoke these words to my heart! Danny, “How can you lead others to be Godly spouses if you neglect your wife?! How can you lead people to be Godly parents if you don’t practice what you preach? Danny, How can you expect to Lead people to be more intimate with me if you neglect our time?! Danny I want you to take off your shoes!” So with that said, I choose as a follower of Christ to be obedient, because I don’t want to work my plan. I want to work with His plan! I want you to know this is harder for me than anyone else, because I am passionate about seeing everything that God has given me as far as vision to come about. Putting on my shoes every morning has never been hard for me. So wait in anticipation of Gods clear steps for the future! So pray as God makes His plan clear in the coming months. With that said, we will not be starting any new ministries or initiatives yet! As a matter of fact we are going to be working over the next few months on doing everything we do now with excellance. Love you all and thank you for believing in the vision that God has entrusted me with as I lead CrossView. “The Best Is Yet to Come!”