HIS PACE FOR HIS RACE
A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR JEFF
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
WHERE WE'VE BEEN
There has been a rich, God led history that has developed at Crossroads in the past over quarter of a century. Throughout the life of Crossroads our God called purpose has remained unwavering and remains foundational to everything we do.
Beginnings of Crossroads with a few people who felt a call for a new church that would provide meaningful and exciting worship, strong biblical teaching and preaching, active youth ministry, and evangelistic outreach.
Crossroads becomes a church of the Evangelical Free Church of America. Pastor Glen Stevens accepts call and church services are held at Southwest Junior High in Albert Lea.
Attendance at Crossroads grows and services move to Albert Lea High School. A three-phase building project is visioned for Crossroads. Phase 1, Harvest the Land campaign is started and building begins.
2004 – 2009
First phase building of multipurpose auditorium is completed. Attendance doubles again. Phase 2 Growing Hand in Hand campaign occurs and expansion of youth ministry areas completed.
2009 – 2016
Pastor John Crocker serves as interim Pastor. Pastor James Petersen serves as Senior Pastor. Hope Church is planted from Crossroads in Albert Lea. Crossroads Vision 2020 is established with goals of strengthening our church and reaching the world.
2016 - 2022
Pastor Jeff Phelps is called as Senior Pastor after serving as Youth Pastor. Crossroads staff team grows to increase our ministry abilities. The HOME campaign allows capital improvements to occur, retires remaining debt from Phase 1 and 2 campaigns, and increases our outreach missions support. Attendance grows dramatically post pandemic.
WHERE WE ARE
Our PACE campaign is about keeping in step with God and His purpose at Crossroads as He continues to build His church. We have exceeded our capacity in our adult and family ministry spaces. We are bursting at the seams. God is bringing more people through the doors at Crossroads and we need to make room for them to meet the Lord and grow in Christ. We are called to run the race God has established for us at His PACE and for His purpose.
Current Sunday Morning Attendence
Average Weekly Family Ministry Participation
Sunday Morning Services
CROSSROADS AVERAGE WEEKLY ATTENDANCE
WHERE WE'RE GOING
Our goal is to provide enough space for everyone, now and in the future. Crossroads has shown a willingness to sacrifice to provide the foundation for Kingdom building work in the generations to come. Buildings can often shape, yet limit, the church’s programs. The Phase 3 building project at Crossroads gives us the opportunity to allow our program needs determine the building design. Without expanded facilities we will limit God’s ability to use this church for His purpose at His PACE.
Our phase three expansion plans:
A new worship center
800 seats create open seats at optimal inviting times
Allows us to reach more
Increased number of entrances
Sloped and stadium seating
Expand our family ministry capabilities
Renovate current worship area for youth ministry
Increase family ministries by 6000 square feet
Add 14 small group breakout rooms
Secure children’s ministry with one way traffic flow
Improve our welcome experience by expanding our front entrance
Expand front entrance and welcome area
Expand coffee and meeting area
Open and welcoming
Foster relationship building
Double the amount of offices
Additional parking spaces
Accommodate growing Sunday attendance
TOTAL PRELIMINARY PHASE THREE COST:
If we are to reach our goal, it will take sacrificial giving from everyone. As each of us prayerfully considers our giving, and steps out in faith, God will expand His kingdom here. Every gift will make a difference.
New Worship Center
Welcome area, Offices, Parking
Remodel Family Ministries
INCREASE MISSIONS IMPACT
PACE CAMPAIGN GOAL:
Throughout the Pace Campaign, we will give generously to regional, national, and global missions as we run with endurance the race set before us. We commit to keeping our eyes on Jesus, and turning others' eyes to Him as well through initiatives that will strengthen individuals, families, churches and communities in Jesus' name.
We will give to mission outreach locally, nationally, and globally.
Physical, Spiritual, and Mental Wellbeing
Church Based Community Development
How do we participate in this Kingdom building expansion?
We are asking the people who call Crossroads their home church to make a three-year financial commitment toward this ministry expansion above and beyond your regular giving. If we are to reach our goal, it is going to take the sacrificial giving from everyone. As each of us prayerfully considers giving, and steps out in faith, we will make this new facility a reality. Every gift will make a difference.
Steps to make your commitment:
Analyze your spending and asset allocations
Decide the amount of your gifts
Submit your commitment card to church office by March 20, 2023
3 Year total
Consider ways to sacrificially give:
While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. Matthew 26:6,7
Some creative ways to give:
Have a garage sale
Downsize a vacation
Redirect Christmas gifts
Gifts in honor of someone
Sell unused gold, guns, art, etc.
Donor Advised Funds
Redirected IRAs after 70 ½ years old
Gifts of extra income
Gifts of real estate
Load of grain
We strongly recommend working with a financial planner when considering transfers of assets.
WAYS TO START GIVING
Give your gift online through clicking the button below. It will bring you to a site where you can choose the amount and frequency you'd like to give.
Or you can mail your gift to this address:
3402 Hoeger Lane
Albert Lea, MN 56007
Please make checks out to Crossroads Church-PACE
Here are a few of our frequently asked questions, if there is something not answered here, please reach out. Call the office or email us.
What is the goal for the PACE Campaign?
Our goal in this campaign is to raise $9,800,000 for our Phase 3 building project and to further support regional, national, and global missions. The commitments we are asking for can be made over a 3-year time frame. The PACE Campaign will provide the opportunity to further achieve the vision and the purpose that God has intended for Crossroads. This campaign is about keeping pace in the race that God has called Crossroads and each one of us individually to run. Our key scripture for the campaign is from Hebrews 12:1-3.
Why do we need to do a Phase 3 building project?
We have seen amazing growth in people attending worship services, our adult, and family ministries. We are exceeding our capacity throughout our current facility.
Crossroads was given this vision when leadership gathered and prayed about what God had in store for this church over 20 years ago.
It is a project that is really about people. It is meant to help us fulfill our purpose statement.; to prayerfully introduce people to Jesus, grow them to be like Jesus, care for others, minister to others and to glorify God.
What are we planning on building?
As commitments and dollars are received there will be 3 scheduled parts to our building expansion:
A new worship center with over 800 seats capacity
Expanded family ministry capabilities by over 6,000 square feet.
Expanded welcome area and office space.
When are we planning on starting the expansion project?
Each scheduled part will have a specific budget amount set and a trigger point with dollars received before construction begins.
Will Crossroads borrow money to complete the building project?
One goal of the project is to complete this phase debt free. This is dependent on financial commitments. If needed, Crossroads will borrow money to complete the building project but only up to a capacity of debt that can be serviced through our regular giving and church budget.
How much and to what ministries are we planning on giving to through the campaign?
We have targeted $1,000,000 of the $9,800,000 campaign goal to go towards gospel-centered mission outreach.
Areas that will be considered include family care, drug and alcohol recovery, discipleship of our community youth, crisis relief, foster care advocacy and support, church planting, child poverty, youth discipleship and leadership, bible translation, and global evangelism.
How can I give to the campaign?
One can give to the campaign by monetary gifts throughout the next three years. Other ways of giving to the campaign are appreciated stocks, bonds, securities or other tangible properties. Gifts can be given at any time. For monetary gifts, you can give through the Crossroads app and website. Gifts can also be mailed in, dropped off in the offering or at the Church office. Please note PACE Campaign in the memo line of any checks.
When can I give to the pace Campaign?
Initial gifts are being asked for by May 31,2023. Additional commitments can be given each year over the next 3 years with the campaign ending on May 31, 2026. Commitment cards are available on line or through Crossroads church office.