A truth from the book of Proverbs guided Crossroads Church’s recent building project: “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps” (Prov. 16:9 NLT).
Three years ago, the church began working with the Baptist Foundation of Illinois (BFI) to plan for an addition that would give them more space for worship, students, and staff. “We quickly realized that we couldn’t afford to build all that we needed,” said Pastor Scott Nichols. “So, we divided up the project into two bite-sized morsels we could digest—ministry center first, worship space later.
“God blessed that redirection.”
On Nov. 10, the Carol Stream church held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication of the 7,800 square foot ministry center, which will provide space for 150 students, 40 adults, and 15 staff members. Nichols said what they initially saw as setbacks, became strengths in the overall process.
“Our people trusted our deliberate process and valued conservative financial management,” the pastor said. “We were able to pay cash for this building because we moved slowly and built trust along the way.
“Now we are in a stronger position for our next project.”
The church plans to work with BFI again next year to build a new auditorium. Nichols encouraged fellow church leaders not to be discouraged when they encounter financial or logistical obstacles to a project.
“God may be redirecting you onto a more fruitful path,” Nichols said. “Remember, it is his church. He loves it more than you do. He knows what is best. Pray. Plan. Trust. Just don’t give up!”
Photo: Crossroads Church celebrated its new ministry center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication Nov. 10. Submitted photo