It’s a magnificent place; The Cross Schools Campus at the Church of the Cross. Built in 2005 and thought to have capacity for years and years to come, but God has blessed the vision in a powerful way. On the left end we have the elementary school, on the right end we have the preschool, and right in the middle is the worship space and the multi-purpose room used by the schools and us as well. And by God’s grace, folks have come.
Sunday mornings, they come. They come from all around a 30 mile radius or so. Different ages and all kinds of different faith backgrounds, they come and gather in this place. The chairs that look so full we have to add chairs in now, Praise God. We’ve gone from one service to two services to accommodate the folks that are there. Now we’re bumping up against the fact that we’re gonna fill those two services, and what then?
In reality, when we built the building the back wall was built as a non-load bearing wall, envisioning that God would indeed bless the ministries there and that there would be need for future growth. The back wall, here on your right, all that can knock right out and the plans are in place now to double the size of our worship space so that we can have 800 or so people in worship two times a Sunday. That’s coming in the years to come. It won’t be there just like this room was not filled the first time we started in there.
The worship space is an amazing place, we seat about 400 people in there and it looks monstrous, but you know it has capacity, and with capacity comes opportunity. And, by God’s grace, folks have responded to the opportunity. Coming through Cross Schools, they meet Jesus, they go to Family Chapel Programs, they play ball in this room, we worship here, we have meetings here, and folks are responding. We’re bringing folks in who are drawing closer to the Lord. There’s a faithfulness that’s flickering there just like the little candles here are flickering as folks offer their prayers to the Lord and their hopes and dreams. The lights go dim and the music plays and the folks respond with their hallelujah’s. Praise the Lord for that.
We’ve already had to add a two-story building to the preschool side, also used by elementary, to accommodate the students. Starting from 7 in 1998 we’re now over 500 children here on a weekday. They share this space as a tremendous stewardship, then they’re walking out the door to high school elsewhere. That’s what we want to speak to as we expand this space and we move into offering a high school program for grades 9-12 so that the children that are going out into the world out there have a deeper sense of what it is to live as a Christian in a world where they are a minority. That they have the strength and confidence that it takes to make God-honoring decisions.
We don’t build buildings and rooms just to sit idle through various parts of the week; everything’s used. And it’s used and kept up to speed with the latest in technology and expertise. All that we’re doing, we’re doing for the Lord. We’re doing it with excellence. Praise the Lord for that.
There’s a rhythm to life here. We’re ministering in the present but we have an eye on the future. We’re developing the next generation of leaders; the moms and dads and movers and shakers in the whole Southeast, probably. All doing it in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. May his name be praised and honored in all that we do and all that the folks who come in place with us do as well.