This Week at Cross Church | We Believe: 40 Days of Faith

We Believe: 40 Days of Faith

We Believe-blog

We Believe: 40 Days of Faith sermon series kicks off on Sunday morning, October 2 on all of our Cross Church campuses. Prioritize Sundays during these 40 days. Engage with us weekly and faithfully. What does all this mean?

  • Receive a brief devotional that begins on September 28 by texting “webelieve” to 313131, or get a copy in print this Sunday.
  • Attend a small group weekly as we go on this 40 Days of Faith journey, not just from teaching from the pulpit, but in our small groups.

Let’s go on this journey together!

Register to Vote Now

Vote-blog

I believe November 8 will be the most pivotal election in our generation. There is so much at stake. On each Cross Church campus, you can register to vote. Be sure you do so before October 10 so you will be eligible to vote this election.

Church Adopts New Budget

This past Sunday morning, we adopted a new Ministry Budget for the fiscal year that begins October 1, 2016, and concludes on September 30, 2017. Our new Annual Budget will be $18.8 million. You have been so faithful to give and we are grateful to God for you. In this new budget year, join Jeana and me as we determine to give more through our Ministry Budget than we did the previous year beginning on the first Sunday of October.

This Sunday Morning at Cross Church

Intentionally invite someone to church this week. I believe God has a powerful word for us. We are ready to hear from Him. This is a pivotal season here at Cross Church. Pray. Attend. Invite. Serve. Evangelize. Give. God is working among His people, so let’s join Him in what He is doing.

Now is the Time to Lead,

Ronnie W. Floyd

4 Ways to Deal with Discouragement in Ministry

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Discouragement in ministry is real. When you are down, how do you get back up?

It does not matter if plans you had are now unfulfilled, you are surrounded by small-mindedness, people leave your church, you hear unending criticism, or you are just facing a season of barren and grind, discouragement is difficult. But it is not terminal in ministry.

Now is the time to embrace the battle and move through it.

4 Ways to Get Through Discouragement

1. Share with God about where you are.

Pastors tend to talk about their discouragement with other people more than we talk about it with God. Pastor, the moment you sense you are discouraged, begin with God. Talk to Him about it.

If you do not, the very thing or things that have led you to this place in your life will lead to even greater discouragement. Failing to unpack where you are with God is a major mistake in ministry.

2. Set your eyes on Jesus.

Jesus does not disappoint, but people do. Looking at others will lead you to major disappointment. Get your eyes off leaders in your life and members of your church.

Set your eyes on Jesus. He is with you.

3. Settle forgiveness now.

In ministry, you will face all kinds of things and encounter all kinds of people. This will challenge you greatly, especially when you are disappointed in some way.

Ministry is hard enough, but to carry resentment, bitterness, and unforgiveness is like walking on a treadmill carrying a 100-pound backpack. You will not go far or last long.

Remember: Never let anyone outside of your circle of love. Settle now, whatever or whoever I encounter, I will forgive.

4. Surge forward

You will never overcome discouragement by ignoring it or letting it paralyze you. You cannot surge forward in your life and ministry while looking backward.

People who hurt you are people who have been hurt in their life. You have to know this or their hurt toward you will transcend to the way you treat other people.

It does not matter who did what to you and when they did it. What matters is how you will respond to it. This is why we must surge forward in forgiveness.

This is what leaders do.

Now is the Time to Lead,

Ronnie W. Floyd