Over 400 persons attended a special congregational meeting of Crossroads Church on Sunday, June 5.
The purpose of the meeting was to give a general update on progress in addressing challenges the church is addressing, affirming the current lay Council members and their officer roles, and introducing the part-time interim executive pastor, Kreig Gammelgard. Scott Wilson, former chair, opened the meeting with devotions and prayer. Dana Cramer, current chair, provided an overview of the assessment Crossroads has undergone early 2011 with a naming of the internal challenges identified. Pastor John Smith added his personal reflections on the challenges.
Evelyn Johnson, project manager, reviewed the progress in revising the Constitution and Bylaws and noted a subcommittee of John Hallagan, Dana Cramer, and Dennis Anderson that is targeting a presentation of a draft to the congregation in August 2011 for dialogue and gaining input with projection for approval of a final revision at the September or October Annual Meeting this fall. The current lay Council members were introduced and affirmed for service and current roles as officers from the beginning of their terms until the Annual Meeting this fall. At the fall Annual Meeting, the members will vote on a slate of new candidates with a nominations process this summer to gain recommendations from the members for potential Council members. Current lay Council members include: Dana Cramer, chair; Shelley Richards, secretary; Kathy Burks, financial secretary (treasurer), and DeAnn Hewett, member at large.
Evelyn Johnson reported on progress in updating the Personnel Handbook, developing financial policies and procedures, and processes thus far with staff to nurture healthy staff relations and work on developing a future staffing plan. Of particular note was the report of the healthy financial position of Crossroads at this time.
Kreig Gammelgard of San Diego, CA, was introduced as the part-time interim executive pastor. Kreig will be present at Crossroads approximately 15 days a month and is serving primarily as pastor to staff focusing on communication, interpersonal relations, and systems of accountability for growth and development. Kreig will also serve as the interim overseer of youth (middle school and above) ministry staff.
In summary, it was noted by the leaders present that the current scenario of needing to develop the infrastructure (structure and systems) was not unusual for a rapidly growing church plant such as Crossroads at this stage of its lifecycle. We invite all to join in praying for God’s guidance and wisdom in this season of emphasizing the maturing of structure and systems to advance the mission to which God has called Crossroads.