CrossPoint’s mission is to care for the soul of Christian leaders. All of our efforts focus on nurturing the souls of leaders and training others to do the same. To that end the blog posts this month will give insight as to how we cultivate soul care for leaders. I have the privilege of introducing (or reminding) you of ‘The Leader’s Journey’. It is a 12 retreat experience where we go to a church staff (or the staff from multiple churches in a city) once each quarter for three years. During the day-long retreat held either on-site at the
We decided to take the month of September and focus in a bit on what we believe is one of the main issues of our day, particularly as the church of Christ, and that is, Sexual Health. We commend Rodney Vaughan’s story to both encourage you and exhort you to examine the culture of your church and your community around matters of sexual sin. The back story… Rodney and Rebecca asked Clif to do their premarital counseling and officiate their wedding ceremony. As I remember it, they were in a bit of a hurry to get things tied up,
In her book The Willpower Instinct, Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal describes three aspects of motivation to change: WILLPOWER, WON’TPOWER, and WANTPOWER. The goal of the book is to help persons develop self-control. I have found these categories extremely helpful. I’d like to share my slight adaptation and an application: Willpower speaks to our volitional capacity (decision making/personal agency), Won’tPower speaks to our evaluative capacity (controlled by conscience), and Wantpower speaks to our transformational capacity (connected to desire and imagination). Recently I have used these categories to address problematic (unwanted) sexual behavior. As soul care providers, if we stop short of helping
Life is full of continuous change and transitions. During these spaces of moving from one place to another internally or externally, it can sometimes be difficult to find a consistent rhythm of life when we are in the midst of so much change. And yet, maybe CHANGE and TRANSITION becomes the rhythm of life. The Holy Spirit can teach us to be grounded in Him moment by moment in the midst of whatever situation we find ourselves. Breath prayers such as: “Lord, be with me,”; “Be Still and know that I am God,”; or “Peace be still,” are prayers
The CrossPoint family is incredibly grateful to announce the addition of a new member of our team. Earlier this year, Steve Watkins began serving our ministry by helping us navigate a number of technical advances as well as helping us think through some of our internal systems and processes that needed updating. Steve has been a lifesaver! He has stepped into both the macro and micro level needs of the organization and ministry. Steve brings an immense amount of Godly wisdom and organizational knowledge to our team (see bio below). His love for God and God’s church is abounding.
“And we all, … beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18) Forty years ago I was a missionary bush pilot in northern Canada. I would fly to ‘First Nation’ Indian reserves with dear Indian brothers sharing the Good News. Flying in those days was ALL based on folowing a compass heading and reading a map that showed the outline of lakes (there are over 100,000 lakes in Northwestern Ontario). There were no navigation
Along the way in our journey, God in his grace, provides a variety of gifts. One of the most valued gifts God gives is that of the presence of a grace filled person. CrossPoint Ministry began its ministry in 1996 following my 25 years of pastoral ministry. As our ministry grew, we were in need of an administrator to help us with the myriad of details that a busy and growing ministry must navigate. God in his grace, provided Marilyn Moore, who for more than a decade has served CrossPoint as our Executive Administrator. Recently, Marilyn announced that she
One of the most frequent questions people ask us after viewing the Godspeed Film is, "How do I translate some of these themes into my day to day life?" This is exactly the question we tackle in a recent interview with Axis Ministries as we consider how to parent with intentionality within the same theological framework as the film. We hope that you will find it practical, encouraging, and "real" as you see us doing our best to live from Godspeed (which is really our life rooted in Christ!). "There is no place (or home!) on earth without
For Longing Poem by John O’Donohue blessed be the longing that brought you here and quickens your soul with wonder. may you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire that disturbs you when you have settled for something safe. may you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease to discover the new direction your longing wants you to take. may the forms of your belonging – in love, creativity, and friendship – be equal to the grandeur and the call of your soul. may the one you long for long for you. may
I’ve never competed at a high level. I felt the weight of spelling competitions in elementary school. And the pressure of going 14 and 0 on our middle school softball team. And the strain of getting sermons ready week in and week out for many years. But I’ve never felt anything like the Olympic pressure of putting everything on the line after years of preparation for that one chance. For the swimming events, the difference between gold and bronze is often just a few tenths of a second. And then there are the women gymnasts on the balance beam.