Pulling the Plug

May 5, 2011

Thanks for stopping by. I’ve enjoyed dropping some thoughts on this blog for the few church leaders who actually check in once in awhile. The time has come to move on to other things. Twitter has really become a better way to share what’s on my mind and to drop the odd leadership nugget every once in awhile. If you are interested in following along with the Crosspoint story of renewal and revival, we invite you to join us at http://timguptill.wordpress.com/ .

– Tim


Israel

March 14, 2011

I’m not posting this to gloat. I’m just saying.

I just got back from my second visit to Israel and it just continues to blow my mind. I used to say, “If you ever get a chance to go…” Now I’m saying, “You need to get there any way that you can!”

It’s hard to put it all into words. When you walk where Jesus carried the cross for you it just does something to you. Standing in Gethsemane and considering His love for me, I felt God speak to me, “Lead people to the Cross”. I wanted to catch a jet back to Fredericton right then.

Biblical history isn’t bunk. It’s true. It happened. There is overwhelming evidence of God’s overwhelming grace.

If you decide to go but don’t know where to start or who to contact, let me know. We’ll be going again.

Peace.


OUTLANDISH 2011!!!!

January 20, 2011

WOOOOOOO!!!! We are crazy pumped about hosting a brand new one day conference, Friday, April 8. Load the van, load the bus, jump a plane, caravan, do whatever you have to do to be here for Outlandish. We’re seriously going to bring the best energy, the best worship, the best speakers, and the best encouragement we can bring. You will not be disappointed!!

Go here now and get all the details! http://www.crosspointchurch.ca/outlandish

Register soon as we are expecting a sold out packed house.

Spread the word! This is a grass roots deal. We aren’t spending a ton of money on advertising. We need your good networking to help us out.

It’s been too long since there was an event like this! The time is now. Don’t wait for next year. Don’t wait to hear if it was ok. Be an early adapter. Be the first. Lead the way!!

Let us know if you have any questions!


Confirmed Speakers for OUTLANDISH 2011

November 24, 2010

I knew you wouldn’t sleep tonight unless I posted this. You’re welcome. Rest well.

AJ Thomas – AJ is leading a wild bunch of revolutionaries in the heart of downtown Halifax – Deep Water Church. Not only are they killing it week after week, but AJ is easily one of the best young communicators and preachers. Anywhere. He is worth the price of registration.

Kevin Vincent – Atlantic Community Church in the booming metropolis of Apohaqui, NB is one of the greatest stories in the history of church in Atlantic Canada. Ever. More people go to this church than the actual population of the community. (if that’s a stretch, I’m not off by far!) ACC is a multi-site church that has been on the early-adapter edge of church growth for many years. Kevin knows what it’s like to have a church of 6 people.

Rob Nylen – Main St Baptist in Saint John is probably the best example in Atlantic Canada of how to transition an old traditional church into a growing missional force without polarizing everything and running out the senior crowd. Rob has been a master navigator. His church is ministering to the marginalized in the inner city, building a new facility, and emerging as one of the great congregations of the Maritimes.

Russ Conway – Russ is the new Lead Pastor of The Rock Church in Lower Sackville, NS. The Rock has been a leading church in Atlantic Canada for many years. They recently transitioned from a long-term pastorate to the new up and coming emerging leader – Russ. I am totally expecting Russ to bring the heat, the hot sauce, and the chili. I don’t know what that means, but it should be fun! Russ, if you or any of your peeps are reading this, know that we are praying for you and the message God is laying on your heart!

LD Buckingham – Woooo! If we can get his caffeine intake just right, you will  not want to miss the energy and experience of LDB. Moncton Wesleyan is the largest evangelical church this side of Ottawa. For 40+ years they have been committed to reaching everyone and anyone, any time and any way. I’m going to interview Pastor B and let him pour out 40 years of leadership and church growth. I don’t know anyone who has as much fire and determination as LDB.

Tim Guptill – Uh, that’s me. Yeah, I’m the host, but that’s not why I’m speaking. I really have a burden and passion to see the church rise up to greater things in Atlantic Canada. I’ve been on staff and I’ve been in charge. I’ve been in small churches and really big. Crosspoint has been in renewal/revival for the past 5 years and I will be blasting out of that canon for Outlandish. We’ve grown from just under 200 to 450+ in 3 1/2 years.

So, there you have it. Add in some crazyawesome worship and it should be an


OUTLANDISH 2011

November 9, 2010

It’s official. It’s OUTLANDISH 2011! Crosspoint’s local church conference for Atlantic Canada, New England, or anyone who can get here. Friday, April 8. All day. All out. High octane. Bringing the heat, the hot sauce and whatever else we can throw at you. When the countdown hits 0 you will want to be there!

We’ll soon be releasing the list of confirmed speakers and registration details. For now, you should plan on getting in to Fredericton on Thursday the 7th for the pre-conference intensives we’ll be doing that evening: Media, Kids, Worship, Youth, Lead Pastors.

As you know, Atlantic Canada is famous for grass roots marketing. If it’s glitzy and gimmicky, we are suspicious. But, if people get pumped and say they are going, people will line up to sign up. We need your help to ground swell this thing and get the word out. We want pastors, staff and all the people they pack into their vehicles to roll in here from every corner of the Maritimes. This event is not about us. It’s about Jesus. We want people to leave here pumped for changing their communities for Jesus.

So please point everyone you know to this blog for more updates. Plan now to bring a crowd. Let’s get the word out.

Can’t wait!!!


You have spoken.

September 30, 2010

Wow. So apparently there is a lot of interest out there for a local church conference in Atlantic Canada. Thanks for commenting!

We’re looking at Friday, April 8. Unless someone has a reason why that just won’t work, get your staff and key leaders to book that day off. We may do some specific intensives on Thursday evening, April 7. That would allow the worship, youth, media, preachers, kids, and other areas some focused time to network. Friday would be 6-8 speakers bringing you their best thoughts on local church ministry in Atlantic Canada. We’ll do some worship, lunch, Q & A, etc.

What it is: A chance to learn, stretch, and innovate to be the most effective church for Jesus that you can possibly be.

What it isn’t: “Come look at Crosspoint ’cause they think they have the answers.” We’re just a humble bunch of shmucks who stand amazed at what God is doing. We’ll try to tell you what we’re learning, how we are growing, and all the things that just can’t be explained.

As promised on Twitter, the first 10 of you that commented receive a free registration. Here’s another free offer: Send us your idea for a name for this conference. If we pick it, you get to come free.


“What’s Working”

February 5, 2010

At a ministerial event last week I was asked to share (in 5 minutes) some of the things that are working for us at Crosspoint. I pitched it out to the staff and condensed their ideas with my own and gave a shot gun blast of what seems to be bringing decent dividends these days. Here’s the list:

Risk. We’re intentionally creating environments where vision-driven risk seems normal. No risk = no reward. People are responding well to the faith it takes to step into the unknown and simply rely on the leading and provision of God. What a concept.

Vision. Simple, but true. Keeping the vision clear and hot is helping us.

Creativity. That’s not new either, but it is working. We can’t imagine doing church without a ‘Creative Team’. We approach everything with a lens of creativity. Fresh thinking opens hearts and minds. Repetition leads to boredom, disconnection, and apathy.

No bulletins. We communicate but we don’t print a weekly handout.

Video announcements. If it’s on the screen, and it’s quirky, people will pay attention.

One order of service. We did one basic service outline for at least a year and we just switched it up over Christmas. We infuse this basic outline with creativity. We don’t kill ourselves every week trying to come up with a creative outline. The template is the same from week to week.

1 point sermons. The sermon is all about the one main thing we are trying to communicate. Andy Stanley is the 1 point sermon ninja. Listen to him 100 times a day and pick up on this style!

Creating a culture and climate of expectation and anticipation. It’s ok to ‘want’ to come to church, to look forward to it. This isn’t hype. It’s a very genuine desire to see God change lives on a weekly basis. Great line from Mark Brewer, “Media, humour, coffee, music and the Truth in a specific way each and every week and the result is that new people bring new people.”

Simple Church model. We make a deliberate effort to keep things simple. Highly recommend ‘Simple Church’ by Thom Rainer.

Community. We work hard at helping people connect into the community of the church. It’s not about getting seats on seats. It’s about spiritual formation happening in a healthy church context!

Quality. Unless you push it, quality always slides. Also, you need continuous objective feedback from honest people about your quality. Just because you think it’s good doesn’t mean it is.

Children’s Ministry. My guess is that pretty much any church could make a significant spiritual dent in their community if they would simply commit to children’s ministry. Ramp up a vision for this, make a bunch of noise, do it well, invest in it, etc, and new families will come!!