Thank You, Ben Mayes
Twenty years ago, our church called Ben Mayes to join our team as Executive Leader of Finances and Operations. Ben is a great brother in Christ, highly competent, and with the growth of Cross Church, connected ministries, and Shiloh Christian School, he oversees the management of at least $35 million annually. Every year, we receive the highest grade on all financial audits. Our Board of Directors and staff team have complete confidence in Ben. We love Ben and Sue. Congratulations on twenty years and thank you, Ben and Sue Mayes, for all you do for the Cross Church Family and ministries, as well as Shiloh Christian School.
Speaking of Finances
On October 1, we began our new Ministry Budget of $20,800,000. I pray you will join us in practicing and living out first tenth giving and generosity weekly. This is imperative for each of us in our walk with Christ, but it is also a blessing for Cross Church. Our ministry has much before us. So many depend on this ministry and we depend on the Lord together to meet all these needs through Cross Church. Thank you, church family, for all you are doing for the gospel and its advancement across the world.
Speaking of Advancing the Gospel Globally
With our giving through the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention, we join in partnership with over 47,000 other churches across America to advance the gospel statewide, nationally, and globally. In this new fiscal year, we have increased our commitment to give through the Cooperative Program. Therefore, by the end of September 30, 2019, our Cross Church Family will give no less than $1.3 million through the Cooperative Program. This is another reason we need to give through the Ministry budget of Cross Church. Last year, Cross Church was the #2 church in total monies given through the Cooperative Program. It is a joy for our church to give in partnership with other Southern Baptist churches to advance the gospel through all of our Great Commission ministries across Arkansas, America, and the entire world.
No Greater Commitment to Advance the Gospel than Right Here in Northwest Arkansas
Northwest Arkansas is our highest priority in gospel advancement. It is incumbent upon us to reach every age of every generation of every ethnicity in Northwest Arkansas. This is a must, an imperative, and we believe a biblical command. Acts 1:8 calls us to reach Northwest Arkansas, America, and the World for Jesus Christ. From personal witnessing to preaching the gospel to compassion ministries to major events that stretch us into reaching the lost without Christ, Acts 1:8 is always on our hearts.
Who’s Your 1?
From mission ministries to worship ministries to small group ministries, we are asking you to join in mass participation and attendance on one of our four campuses on Sunday, October 21. On this day, we will preach the gospel clearly, simply, and evangelistically with the ultimate cause to call men, women, boys, and girls to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. We will also welcome Sadie Robertson from Duck Dynasty on all three of our Northwest Arkansas campuses. Will you pray now about Who’s Your 1? Who is the 1 person you will invite, pray for, and bring with you? Who is the 1 who needs to come to Christ and be saved? Bring them to Cross Church on October 21. It is a major day for mass participation and attendance! Let’s make this a fantastic day for our great Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.
See You Sunday,
Ronnie W. Floyd