My name is Peter van der Bijl, 57 years old and married to Rikst for 31 years. We have 3 children ,Eline, Stephanie and Philip.
I was raised in a Christian family and came to a personal faith within a youth camp when I was a youngster.
This December, Harmen Wiegman was officially installed as a new Elder at Crossroads Amsterdam, after 6 months of already working closely with the elders. Time for the rest of us to learn more about him.
We are pleased to announce that James Paton has accepted the call to serve Crossroads as our Teaching Pastor, serving on the leadership team along with Bill Hoopes as Community Pastor and Miriam Phillips as Executive Pastor. James and his wife Gillian plan to arrive in early February with their two children, Callum (16), Eilidh (15) to join their son John, already studying in Amsterdam.
To give hands and feet to our renewed vision and to manage the church well with the size it is now, we see that we will need an increase in budget. Crossroads has a history of generosity. Our community has consistently risen to the occasion to fund the next steps that God has called us to together. We have much reason to be very thankful.
To make the increased budget needs concrete and simple to visualize, we’ve thought about our individual responsibilities like this:
If we divide all the costs for our six ministry areas (church-services, next generation, connections, faith formation, outreach and deaconate) and divide them by the average number of adults that attend our gatherings for the 52 Sundays of the year, we come up with what it costs for each of us per adult to be a part of the Crossroads vision.
A lot has happened since the previous update in July so here is a quick review of what we have done, where we are, and where we are heading in the near future.
We set our advertising in motion in early July. By the end of September 200 pastors had applied for our Teaching Pastor position, evidence that Crossroads is viewed far and wide as an attractive place to serve! Needless to say, considering this number of candidates has been an arduous task for our team.
Recruiting for a new Teaching Pastor has just started, and we have already received 55 applications in less than a week. We expect to receive many more and pray that God will lead and direct us in the selection process. The interviews should take place in early autumn, and we hope that the new Teaching Pastor will arrive early in 2012.
All members of Crossroads are invited to the annual financial update meeting on the evening of Monday, 6 June. Please join us at 7:30 pm at the Ministry Centre as we also take the opportunity to give a short report on the progress being made by the various leadership structure change teams.
As many of you are aware, we are currently exploring how to make the new vision for Crossroads a reality. During this time, we ask you to pray for the tireless efforts of the extraordinarily committed interim leadership team that, along with other staff members, continues to lead Crossroads while the new structure is finalised. We thank God for continuing to bless the ministry of our leaders, and we ask for them to know a peace that only the Lord can bring in the midst of the daily challenges of running Crossroads.