missional living

What Plentiful Giving in December!

I want to draw your attention to the giving by our church family these first three weeks of December. We are seeing the Lord provide for his church!

Together we have given over $3,000 toward the Lottie Moon Offering for International Missions! I am glad to see this evidence of your desire to be part of reaching the nations with the gospel.

In just three weeks we have also given over $30,000 to our church ministry budget! Thank you for being an integral partner in lifting up the name of Jesus here in Griffin and to the ends of the earth.

If you have not been part of this giving movement, the opportunity and need still remain.  We are $2,000 short of our goal for the Lottie Moon Offering.  $50,000 is needed by December 31 to meet our church ministry budget for the year. You may give in person on Sundays, or give on-line today

May we find great joy following the Lord's instruction:

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.   Matthew 6:19-21


Post Author: Thomas Hill



A Missional Halloween

As believers, Halloween gives us a great opportunity to engage our community. Halloween is the only holiday in our culture when families from our city will walk up to our doors. People will fill the streets of our neighborhoods and we can use this opportunity for Gospel intentionality.

In light of the Gospel, we must ask ourselves - “How does God want us to use Halloween to magnify Jesus?”.

This Halloween as Crestview Baptist Church, we are replacing our Fall Festival that we normally have at our church campus with being intentional in the neighborhoods that we live. Our hope is that families and members of Crestview will partner together at various homes with the goal of connecting with and talking to families as they trick-or-treat.

If you are a family that lives in a trick-or-treating neighborhood, you have been given a great opportunity to open your home to be a place of ministry. Gather some other families/people from Crestview together to help you. Here are some helpful tips for making this happen:

  1. Set-up outside in your front yard/driveway. Be visible and welcoming as people pass by and invite them to linger.
  2. Give out the best Candy. The kids want the good stuff and the parents will remember your generosity and kindness!
  3. Think of the Parents. Have some hot chocolate or coffee available. If you want your house to be a hit, set up the grill and prepare some free hotdogs or have games for the kids to play.
  4. Have Meaningful Conversations. Get to know someone’s story. Exchange phone numbers and be intentional about reconnecting with them. Seek to display the gospel through your interactions.

We all have in front of us a wide-open door for missionary engagement during Halloween. I want to encourage you not to miss out on the opportunity.


Post Author: Jason Housley