On Saturday at CrossWay we had the opportunity to host our conference‘s spring assembly. We had about 80 people representing 34 Mennonite churches, mostly from Pennsylvania but also New York, Delaware, Maryland, and probably some others.
They asked our praise band to lead the music. That was the first time we had led music anywhere other than our worship services. It was neat getting to worship with a different group of Christians!
One of the highlights for me was the message brought by Dr. Ervin Stutzman, who is the executive director of Mennonite Church USA. I really enjoyed a class I took a year or so ago that he taught, so I’d been looking forward to this. He talked about how the missional church is about loving God and loving people, which is also our motto here at CrossWay. We recorded his message, so it should be up on the podcast soon.
Another highlight was hearing Josh Engle, our worship pastor, sharing a “God At Work” story during the conference. He talked about what God is doing in our music ministry. He did an excellent job, and with only about 10 minutes notice!
During lunch I went to Panera Bread with Josh, Keith Wilson (the administrative assistant at ACC), and Harry Jarrett (pastor of Neffsville Mennonite Church). I loved having that time to get to know each other, compare notes, and learn from each other.
In the afternoon we had a great time of reading, reflecting on, and discussing Acts 9:10-19. We spent quite awhile reading it together–three times–then discussing it around our tables, followed by a conversation with the whole assembly. It was really cool! I’d love to be a part of that kind of thing much more often.
As much as I enjoyed all those things, perhaps the highlight for me was the way our crew at CrossWay came together to pull off hosting the event. Our numbers were small, but as Josh said, you wouldn’t know it. The place was set up so nice for the gathering, there was a ton of food, the whole music team participated, and we had folks who spent Friday night setting up, Saturday serving, and Saturday evening getting everything cleaned up and ready for Sunday. It was definitely one of my most satisfying experiences as a pastor at CrossWay.