“Just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.” —Romans 6:4
What an Easter! Over 1,800 people attended our four services and heard the resurrection story! The Saturday night service was a huge hit too. 103 people gave their lives to Jesus Christ, including two viewing our online services!
This Easter, we counted every person who walked through our doors and viewed online. We counted every person, because every person counts. Every number represents a story of transformation, a story of daring faith. Every number signifies a soul that Jesus gave His life for on the cross. Every number matters, and it’s because of YOU that we were able to reach so many people with the love of Christ.
Thank you for making people feel welcomed, wanted, and accepted with the love of Jesus.
Pledge Total: $763,598 // Goal: $1,000,000 // Pledges received: $264,666
Thank you for your generous hearts.
Here are just a few things your Crossroads family has been up to this past month as we work towards our BFT 3.0 F.A.I.T.H. Goals:
F – Fill His house with 1,500 people each weekend by our 35th anniversary in 2020.
Crossroads Community Church was birthed on Easter Sunday, March 24, 1985. It was a church plant from Calvary Westlake and Ventura Missionary Church. Its first service was in what is now the Camarillo Police Station. We’ve moved twice since then. First, to the Mission Oaks area of Camarillo, where our motto was, “If you can find us, you can come!” Then to our present location in 2008. We are averaging about 1,000 people per weekend, with an increase of 19% over last year. We grow because of you! As mentioned above, every number counts. Sharing your story is the most powerful testimony of God’s love. Share your story and invite others to come.
A – Assist those in need in our community by launching the PEACE Plan
The vision of PEACE is simple: Ordinary People, empowered by God, doing what Jesus did, wherever they are.
There are five global giants that effect billions of people, not millions. There aren’t enough doctors to solve all the issues in the world, there are not enough teachers to solve all the issues in the world, and there aren’t enough missionaries to solve all the issues in the world. BUT there is an army of believers sitting in churches waiting to be mobilized. That’s us!
The PEACE Plan is the antidote to these giants.
Part of the PEACE Plan is to serve those in need. Get involved on June 3rd at Crossroads Serve Day.
I – Invest in the future. “God’s Up To Something! (G.U.T.S.)
This verse couldn’t be truer for the G.U.T.S. portion of our journey of faith. Please join us in in prayer as we ask God to reveal to us what He’s up to regarding the future opportunities He as for us.
T – Train every member to be on mission through our CORE classes and small groups.
The focus of this goal is to have a healthy church full of healthy people. Just like Crossroads mission is to Connect, Grow, and Go, our individual mission should be the same. Every member on mission is our goal. How does that happen?
The CORE classes are a great place to start. The Connect and Grow Classes focus on who Jesus is, baptism, membership, small groups, serving, and how to have a growing relationship with Jesus. Look for dates and details of upcoming classes in the bulletin and on the web.
Coming soon: GO Class!
The next step is to join a Grow Groups. The Winter session had twenty-five groups with 249 people engaged in doing life together. This Spring semester, we have 339 adults involved in Groups and twenty-nine groups from which to choose! That’s awesome!
Young Adult Small Group
And it’s not too late to get connected with one.
H – Help update and renew our facility including our café, auditorium, classrooms, and parking lot.
First Day of Construction // April 24, 2017
Child Dedications // May 14, 2017
If you attended or watched our services online in the last three weeks, you know that there is change in the air with all the construction in the auditorium. Walls are up! The stage is bigger! We hope to have the entire stage area done by June 6th with the Café being our next project.
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to Building for Tomorrow 3.0. YOU are the reason we can make a difference through these five God-inspired goals. This is just one story that represents hundreds of lives that are being transformed because of your sacrifice.
To start giving to BFT 3.0, make changes to your commitment, or simply learn more about the campaign, visit our BFT 3.0 page.
Crossroads Faith Story
Hi, my name is Tori Dearden and I am a junior in high school, and I have been coming to Crossroads since I was three years old.
Growing up, church was just something I had to go to with my family every Sunday. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it, I was just indifferent about it. When it came for all the 8th graders to move into the high school level, I decided that I didn’t want to go to high school services. Looking back on it now, I honestly just think I was intimidated. All these kids were so confident and so beautiful and they just loved God so much. I decided to attend the main service with my parents and my older family members, thinking that I would enjoy it more.
Up until last August, I remained going to the main service. I was comfortable and it was familiar. I had grown a lot in my faith over the summer and realized that I was ready to be baptized. I was baptized in the Pacific Ocean last August. When I was finally baptized, I thought, “Hey, I’m doing just fine with where I am. I don’t need to try out high school ministry, I’m fine.”
I had heard great things about our new youth pastor and my brother kept insisting that I needed to come try out high school ministry. I think half to spite him and half because I was still intimidated, I kept putting it off. Around when school was starting, I was having a really rough time with a lot of change in my life. Then, one day, one of those really beautiful and intimidating girls sent me a text and invited me over for a high school girls small group. I really believe that changed the course of my life possibly forever.
I went from never even stepping foot in the high school ministry room to spending every Sunday and Wednesday there. Suddenly, I had all these friends of all different ages. Leaders became my friends, middle-schoolers became my friends, all those “intimidating” people became my closest friends. I soon realized that all those beautiful and confident high school students were beautiful and confident because they had the Holy Spirit inside of them. They loved God and they loved each other. Everyone welcomed me with open arms and suddenly I had a family, I had a new kind of support system, a kind I had never felt before.
I never understood why people of Christ would call each other “brother” and “sister” until I started going to our high school ministry. Sometimes on Wednesday nights during worship, I’ll just look around the room and realize how extremely blessed I am to have all these strong Christian friends. The leaders are always there for us, pushing us and inspiring us to grow in faith. Coming to church is no longer something I am indifferent about, now I’m always excited to attend because in reality, coming to church with all these people is really like coming home.
We cry together and we laugh together and we make memories and work through mistakes. We are all so different, and I think that makes it even more special. We all come from different backgrounds, have different interests, but we all have one strong belief that pulls us together. I think that the most important aspect of Crossroads’ Student Ministry is to teach us how to love God and love each other. I’ve learned that one of the best blessings God has given us is the gift of relationships and love. I can honestly say the Student ministry at Crossroads has shaped who I am as a person and who I continue to be.