Dear Church Family,
The annual meeting has come and gone, but the rich blessings of this year are still on our minds. Thank you to all who have stood with CrossNet Baptist Network in furthering the Gospel and Kingdom work this year. Our special speaker, Pastor Joey Hanner made a lasting impression on our pastors and congregants. His story of going from being an unsaved truck driver with a failing marriage to becoming the pastor of Union #3 Baptist Church (which has baptized 900 people in the last few years), demonstrates the power of God in a yielded life. He met Jesus and followed the path set before him. Joey’s story is not only one of personal revitalization, but one of church revitalization. Union #3 Baptist Church of Gadsden, Alabama is now a thriving rural church that reaches lost and hurting people in a very personal way. Praise be to the Lord for his mercy! Thank you Philippi Baptist Church for hosting our Harvest Celebration.
On October 18th, Joey Hanner returned to town as the special speaker of our Pastors’ Luncheon at the CrossNet office. Once again, he inspired our pastors to disciple people in their churches and lives. The reality that few people ever get discipled was heavy on his heart after attending a discipleship event in North Carolina. Upon returning home, he asked his own congregation who had been discipled? Only one or two people stood up. This lit a fire in Joey to start discipling those at Union #3 Baptist Church. Now he is on mission to tell pastors about what God is doing through discipleship, and to encourage churches in this important matter. Prior to the luncheon, Joey was a guest speaker to our Learning Community session for pastors that meets once a month on Thursdays. The Learning Community is open to our pastors for training, encouragement, and fostering as iron sharpens iron.
On October 21st, it was my pleasure to join the folks of Bellefounte Baptist Church in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Lake Walker as their pastor. I presented Lake with a plaque from CrossNet marking this major milestone with our gratitude for being a dedicated partner in the Gospel.
October 21st also held the 60th anniversary celebration of Westwood Baptist Church. Congratulations to all there!