Peace Is Worth It 2021 Ministry Emphasis
“Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.”
—Jesus (Matthew 5:9)
Consider the invitation of Jesus: Come to me and find healing and wholeness. Stop the cycle of unforgiveness and retaliation. Discover your true-life hidden with God in Christ. And become an everyday peacemaker—Spirit-led, bringing hope into your world.
Even in a raging pandemic, we hear God directing us to move out. We will not stand still and wait. We will press into this vision, engaging the work God is doing now and mobilizing for more opportunities when the pandemic is over.
The hard truth is undeniable: We are living in a global pandemic. The 2021 Peace Is Worth It! emphasis invites us to intentionally and generously contribute our time, talent and treasure so that the pandemic does not slow down the vision God has entrusted to Crossroads Church.
The Unacceptable “Truths”
Among other things, our church family has identified five unacceptable “truths” that break our hearts and move us to action:
- Spiritual Emptiness
- Fear of the Other (Racism, Homophobia and Sexism)
- Modern Day Slavery
With a firm reliance on God, together we pledge our time, our talent and our treasure to the vision of peacemaking in the face of the pandemic. Together we will…
- Pledge Our Time and Participate in the Vision. Our Goal—1000 hours per week or 52,000 hours of receiving inspiration, equipping and encouragement.
- Pledge Our Talent and Advance the Vision. Our Goal—150 Regular Volunteers contributing 5200 hours per year.
- Contributing Our Treasure and Fund the Vision. Our Goal—150 households contribute $275,000 beyond our regular giving.
Discerning Your Commitment
The start of a New Year is a special time when God often brings fresh vision into your life. January is the perfect time to discern your personal place in the Peace is Worth it! 2021 ministry emphasis. Begin by listening to Ryan’s Vision Talks: Start Your Engines and Is it Really Worth It?
Explore the boxes below and reflect on the following prompts and questions. Notice what you’re thinking and feeling. Talk to God about it. Write down your ideas or discuss them with a spiritual friend.