‘A Scared World Needs a Fearless Church’: Leading Bravely in Uncertain Times
1. Mission Always
2. Stay Brave
In one of Cross Community Church’s early online services, Taylor and his team posed an important question to the congregation, asking them what they should be remembered for during the season of the shutdown.
They responded, “Let it be said of the people of Cross Community Church that, when the world shut down, the church showed up. We did not lay down and die. We did not run away in fear.”
“Like the believers in the book of Acts, we did not pray for relief from the struggle,” said Taylor. “We prayed for boldness in the face of it. That's much easier said than done. My anxiety has been through the roof at times over the last year, and there has been a lot of uncertainty, but what we do know is that the Lord has carried us each step of the way.”
3. Cast Vision
4. Invite Help
Aspen Group’s Senior Project Developer Pat Kase was connected with Taylor through a previous ministry and provided him with ongoing guidance as their leaders contemplated Cross Community’s future. With more than 20 years of direct experience in both design and construction firms, Pat has worked closely with churches as a project developer, seeing church building projects from concept to construction completion, now guiding Aspen’s projects in the Southeast.
“Pat invited me to lunch one day, and he said, ‘Hey, I don't imagine you want to be portable forever, so what are you thinking about?’ I said we were not thinking about it yet, and he suggested we should be. Pat is very familiar with our area in our community and started throwing different things our way,” Taylor said.
“For two and a half years, Pat and I would get together every few months, and he'd have new ideas for me. By the time we were ready to start having the conversation, we felt like we had been given this master's level education about how to approach it. In the Lowcountry, we’re surrounded by water in our community, so there are a lot of challenges with the site. Pat and the Aspen team coached us through it. They helped us understand what we needed so we could represent ourselves well to the congregation and local government officials as we've had to pursue things like rezoning and variance requests.
“Pat really took time listening to our story, getting to know us, understanding our DNA and how we operate as a church. And then helping us answer the question: Can we actually design space that helps us facilitate and accomplish the mission and vision the Lord has given us?”