Welcome to the CrossNet Baptist Network! A network of churches in Southeast Tennessee.

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Our Vision is to encourage, equip and empower the cooperating churches in our area to fulfill their
Great Commission vision locally and globally by providing resources and opportunities to be "on-mission" with God.
Our mission is to Exalt the Savior, Encourage the Shepherds, Equip the Saints and
Empower through Prayer.

From Phil Taylor, Director of Missions

7 Characteristics of Healthy Small Churches 

A Core Value of our partnerships is to offer each year opportunities for your leadership to receive excellent training that can greatly improve the health of your church.

We want healthy churches in CrossNet Baptist Network. This article by Dr. Rainer suggests several measuring sticks for evaluating church health.

The following post was written by Thom Rainer, President and CEO of LifeWay. It is printed with permission from www.factsandtrends.net


7 Characteristics of Healthy Small Churches
By Thom S. Rainer

The size of a church is not always an indicator of its health. One might argue if a church were effectively reaching people it would not remain small. But that’s not always the case.

Many smaller churches are in locations with a small population base or areas of transition. But these communities still need churches, and many faithful leaders are serving those communities well.

Some smaller churches are not effective beyond the walls of the church. But neither are some mid-size churches, large churches, or megachurches. Simply stated, effectiveness is not always related to size. No matter the size, it’s important to gauge the health of your church.

Here are seven characteristics of healthy churches that specifically relate to small churches but indicate effectiveness no matter the size.

1. Pastors of healthy churches model evangelism. There are no evangelistic churches of any size where the pastor is not leading in evangelism. The gospel is central in healthy churches.

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CrossNet Baptist Network Events

-Project: Helping Hands: The PHH Crew has been busy receiving generous donations of non-perishable food items for those in need through the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. Christmas food box delivery/pick-up is available through December 17th. Thanks to everyone and every CrossNet church who helped this year!

-Mission: Cleveland...details coming soon on an exciting new mission effort in our local area!

-The Deacons as Partners in the Harvest Conference is coming to two area churches. General sessions will be held by former SBC President Dr. Jim Henry. Dates include March 4, 2017, at Red Bank Baptist Church in Chattanooga and March 25, 2017, at Sevier Heights Baptist Church in Knoxville. Registration is one week before each event. Click on tnbaptist.org for registration or other information.

-Two trips are now planned for Spring Break 2017 as we continue our DC Partnership. Dates are March 11-16, 2017, and March 18-23, 2017. For more information, click HERE.


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Have you heard of the four spiritual laws? Just as there are physical laws that govern the physical universe, so are there spiritual laws that govern your relationship with God.

The Four Spiritual Laws