Growing Well in Our Time

Cleveland, Tennessee, is growing dramatically in population, diversity, and lostness. Cleveland, Tennessee, may not be a major city in the United States, but we are like many communities where our city is a rapidly changing mission field, with people from all over the world residing here.


Stanley McChrystal wrote in his book, Team of Teams, that the world has shifted from being complicated to complex and predictable to unpredictable.


Cleveland, Tennessee is making a shift.


To reach this mission field, we must have the ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances.


As the organization closest to churches, Baptist networks (associations) can provide a missions context from which churches can effectively reach their communities with the Gospel of Christ. In fact, I believe Baptist associations are so essential to local missions that if they were to cease to exist today, Great Commission churches would recreate them tomorrow.


Such is the strategic importance of a local team of churches, particularly because of the vital community connections, geographical proximity, and leveraging of resources such a team provides.


CrossNet Baptist Network has trusted relationships with pastors and churches, developed over many years. The CBN staff collectively have more than 125 years of ministry involvement in the Southeast, TN area, resulting in meaningful connections with ministry partners and


The value of existing relationships in connecting churches and individuals to Great Commission strategies cannot be overstated. CBN brings a network of relationships to a potential mission endeavor.


These connections provide new opportunities to work together and new partnerships for a much greater impact for Christ.