This week’s team update is a guest post by Rev. Mark Atkinson, one of our dedicated Circuit Riders serving the Crossroads District.
The most important thing you and I can do is make disciples, lead people to Jesus! Nothing changes a person like Jesus! Nothing changes a family like Jesus! Nothing will change our communities like Jesus! Nothing can change our world like Jesus!
I believe it is important to HAVE FUN leading people to Jesus!
I have thoroughly enjoyed the ministry of Circuit Rider for the Crossroads District. I have met the best pastors in the world. I have met the best Christians in the world. I have met many people (in October at Mt. Etna, Southside, & Elwood) who take the great commission personally and enjoy obeying! I had the blessing of being a part of a Strategic Planning Retreat led by Dr. Gorveatte. Prayer walks, concerts of prayer, and focused prayer meetings have been a powerful blessing. While there is horrible chaos in our world, what a wonderful blessing to realize that a true revival is happening in the Crossroads District!
Matthew 19:17-20 - When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
I know, just as in the Scripture above, we have doubts. However, as we pray for new awareness for sharing our wonderful Savior with those we come into contact with, may we each have a humble and submissive attitude toward HIS call on our lives!
Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to share at the Avon 317 Church. Pastor Seth Bye is leading well as this church plant reaches their communities. As we pulled in, there was a young, smiling teenager welcoming us as well as a speaker out by the parking lot broadcasting encouraging music. Even the green waving guy set the tone for “Welcome.”
I believe that sharing the great message of transformation that is available in Jesus is the most important message we can share! AND seeing young adults seek Jesus and become fully committed followers is such a blessing! “And the joy they share as they travel there none other has ever known!”
This week I would appreciate your prayers as I will be sharing Jesus at five churches in Cuba. I am thoroughly excited about leading folks to Jesus in such a different culture! May God be glorified!
- Mark Atkinson, Crossroads District Circuit Rider
It's such a joy to see God's hand at work in our district churches. Last week, Pastor Duane and the team at Brinker Heights Wesleyan celebrated another baptism!
Trinity Church in Indianapolis also celebrated three more baptisms this Sunday! Praise God for lives being #MadeNew!
Registration is now open for the 2024 Heartland Gathering, April 2-5, 2024, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee! The DBA has approved one $300 scholarship for each district church, designated to cover a significant portion of the registration cost for one pastoral family per church. Details regarding the scholarship were sent to lead and solo pastors last week. If you are a lead or solo pastor and did not receive that email, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and registration, visit: gathering.heartlandregion.org
Please place the Follow Conference on your church’s prayer calendar. We’re believing God for a powerful move among our next generation students and their leaders. You will want to attend and bring as many teenagers as possible for this life-changing experience!