Senior Pastor Succession
Pastor Dan Cochrane has served at CrossRoads Church as the Senior Pastor for over 23 years. In January 2022, Dan asked to step down from this role effective at the end of 2023. We appreciate Dan's heart and leadership and we look forward to seeing what God has for him as he steps into this new season.
The CrossRoads Church Board is now beginning to process the direction God is leading us over the next two years. The Board will provide regular updates to the congregation, starting with answering some questions below.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How will the Church Board include the congregation and the staff in the search?
The Church Board is currently praying and considering how best to include the congregation and the staff in the process. We will let you know more as soon as we know how we will best proceed.
2. How will a new Senior Pastor affect us as a congregation? What things can we expect might change?
It might be more helpful to know what will not change. We believe the vision we have to reach Central Alberta is a vision that God gave us as a church family, and so we do not anticipate this changing. We will always be seeking to reach our families, friends, neighbours and co-workers for Jesus, and doing so with hearts filled with compassion and grace for all people. And so, we will look for someone with a similar heart. (see the section below titled About CrossRoads Church)
The things that might change a bit will be in the ‘how’ we go about doing this, and that will be a wait and see approach. The additional parts of us that are critical to keep beyond that vision will surface after prayer and conversations with the body.
3. Will there be a role for Pastor Dan after December 2023?
The Church Board has indicated to Dan that it would be wonderful to somehow maintain some form of paid role beyond his time as Senior Pastor. The factors to making this possible are many and will be explored at that time, rather than asking for a commitment from Dan or making commitment to him so early in this process.
4. Who gets the final say on who we hire?
The congregation will eventually have the final say on who is hired, as our bylaws require a 75% vote in favour of who the Church Board presents as the Senior Pastor candidate.
5. What if we don’t find someone in the time frame between now and the end of 2023?
We all need to trust the Lord in this process and believe that He has someone special for our church. What we do not know is the timing, but we will proceed and ask God to provide. This question becomes more important later in the process (mid 2023) if we have not felt any clear direction on a candidate and will be addressed at that time.
About CrossRoads Church | Our Unique Calling
We want to give everyone in Central Alberta an opportunity to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and by following Him together, impact our world with compassion and hope.
- That we remain focused and passionate about reaching the lost here in Central Alberta (Matthew 18-20).
- That we follow Jesus and are becoming people fully devoted to our Lord and His teachings.
- That we are missional and offer compassion and hope for our world (local and global).
The Four Ways We Follow Jesus
Undergirding our vision are four priorities for ministry from Isaiah 58, which is as clear an expression of God’s heart as you will find in the Bible. This chapter states God’s priorities for His people with refreshing clarity. Following these priorities ensure we will not only fulfill our vision, but we will also keep in step with the Spirit of God.
- Living Godly Lives – We believe God’s grace is available to all without exceptions. His grace grabs us where we are but doesn’t leave us there. He gives us His empowering presence to live godly lives.
- Spending time in God’s presence and His word
- Confessing our sins
- Depending on the Holy Spirit daily to help us follow Jesus
- Living at peace with one another
- Serving and encouraging one another
- Participating in community
- Sharing what Jesus has done for me
- Praying for God’s heart; gaining understanding and direction for my part
- Giving of ourselves and our resources
- Coming together weekly in worship
- Giving our whole body to Jesus daily as an act of personal worship
- Setting apart one day in seven to rest in the presence of Jesus
As we wholeheartedly embrace these priorities as a church and as individuals, we know God will do more than we could ever ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
Our Guiding Principles
- We stay focused on the main thing; doing fewer things and doing them very well.
- All that we do must be ‘sustainable’ to ensure that we do not spread our resources too thin and become less effective.
- We maintain a simple ministry model, pouring our resources into a few select core areas of ministry rather than investing in many diverse areas of ministry.
- We will depend on many from our church family to do the ministry, while the role of staff is to lead or support the ministry, shepherding, instructing, equipping, and modeling the way for our church family and all those who serve.
- Ephesians 4:12 (Equipping); 2 Timothy 4:1-5 (Instructing); Acts 20:28 (Shepherding)
- As we get larger, we must get smaller
- We do this in many ways, with our primary means being small groups and midsize groups.
- We desire that all who call CrossRoads home would find a community that knows them by name and cares about them personally.
- A continual emphasis will remain to call people into groups for the purposes of community, connecting, care, accountability, and encouragement.
- CrossRoads has small groups but is not made up solely of groups.
- Acts 2:46 (Broke bread in their home groups); 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (Building each other up)
- We go forward on our knees
- We humble ourselves before God, admitting that we cannot reach Central Alberta and our world for Jesus on our own. We are completely and unequivocally dependent on God.
- We want to go only where God wants us to be. We dare not ask Him to join us in our work; rather we follow His lead and join in His work. Then we will know we’re on the right track.
- Numbers 9:15-23 (Go where God leads us); Exodus 34:14-15 (God with us)
- We stay together and grow together
- In 1996, we came together as a united body of believers and felt an overwhelming sense of calling and blessing from God to commit to staying together and therefore growing together. God has continually blessed this commitment and until He tells us otherwise, we will remain committed to this direction. We have considered satellite churches in Central Alberta but have yet to feel released to act on this.
- Due to our current size the Lord has provided us with an abundance of resources such as knowledge, experience, and financial means, to name a few. We believe that when much is given, much is required, so we are always watching for ways to use our resources to support other churches and organizations in Central Alberta, Canada and around the world.
- It is not about size, but rather, we want to do everything we can to follow God into Central Alberta and do the things He has asked of us.
- We joyfully anticipate the extravagant outpouring of God’s Spirit on Central Alberta, when thousands meet Christ and all the churches in the region overflow with those coming to hear about God.
- Our ministry activity must be ‘fluid’ so that our numbers can flex quickly and with minimal loss of effectiveness. We will hold our programs loosely and concentrate more on cultivating healthy environments of discipleship, from salvation through to spiritual maturity.
- Our ministry leaders must always be asking themselves, “What programs, policies, procedures, or practices would become bottlenecks if God added large numbers to us today?”
- Joel 2:28 (Outpouring of the Spirit)
- We are committed to being inwardly strong and outwardly focused, missional in all we do.
- Inwardly Strong
- Our teaching will always strive to move listeners from knowledge to application, that they would know God deeply.
- 2 Timothy 3:16 (authority of scripture and useful for training), Romans 12:2 (Renew your mind), Colossians 2:7 (Transformation through teaching)
- Outwardly Focused
- We focus on training, equipping, and encouraging believers so that they can go out and share the Good News of Jesus with their families, friends, co-workers, and community.
- We each pray for at least three people to come to know Jesus. We pray for open doors (opportunities), open mouths (that we speak the Good News), and open hearts (that they will receive).
- Matthew 28:19-20 (Go and make disciples); Deuteronomy 10 (We were once foreigners)
- Inwardly Strong