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Launch Details!
Jul 25, 2016
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We are so excited to (finally) be able to share with you the details of where and when we will begin holding public worship gatherings!

  • DATE:      September 11, 2016
  • TIME:       10:00 a.m.
  • WHERE:  Jennie Moore Elementary School (2725 Bulrush Basket Lane, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466)

 

As you likely know, we have been looking for a suitable location for Sunday morning worship gatherings in the Clements Ferry Road corridor for almost a year. In the last eleven months we have explored every option, followed every lead suggested to us, and prayerfully trusted the Lord to provide us a space that would meet our projected needs.

While many church plants begin in living rooms, coffee shops, or neighborhood clubhouses, King's Cross is blessed with the possibility of "launching large." Practically speaking what that means is that we have hired staff, are planning programming, and need space to minister to a large number of people very quickly. From a gathering space standpoint that means we need a Sunday morning gathering space that will allow for excellent worship, children's ministry, and nursery space... Jennie Moore Elementary allows for all three!

In addition, using Jennie Moore Elementary does not require a long-term commitment, so we are continuing to pursue long-term locations in the Clements Ferry Corridor (as we define it, the corridor runs from 526 on the south end, along Clements Ferry Road, and around Hwy. 41 to the Dunes West/Rivertown entrances on the northern end). Please continue to be in prayer for a long-term space, even as we enthusiastically embrace launching at Jennie Moore on Sept. 11! 

Having said all of that, there are two main reasons we are confident and excited about this news:

  1. We trust the Lord. Proverbs 16:9 says, "The heart of a man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps." While our plans have been to start in the Clements Ferry corridor, we have absolute confidence that the Lord has established Jennie Moore Elementary as the first step for King's Cross!
  2. Where we gather is not the most important thing. In Acts 2:42-27 we read about the practices of earliest Christians. While they did meet together in the Temple, gathering for worship was only one aspect of the new rhythms they established as part of their faith. The same is true for King's Cross...where we gather for worship is one important aspect of what we will do, but we are also a church that values: living in community together; growing as disciples of Jesus; sharing our faith where we live, work and play; and intentionally seeking opportunities to be a blessing to those in need. And, in the long run, these aspects of who we are as a church matter more than where we gather for a few hours on Sunday morning.

We will have much more to communicate to you in the days and weeks ahead. We have a LOT of work left to do, and we will be reaching out to you for help as we prepare for what we believe is going to be an awesome first Sunday!

In the meantime, if you are someone who plans to attend King's Cross on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 10:00a.m. will you please commit to doing two things?

  1. Please pray, daily, for our leadership team and for the launch.
  2. Please invite someone (who is not already plugged in to another church!) to come with you on Launch Sunday!

Thank you for your prayers, and your support... we can't wait for Launch Sunday!!

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Seeing the Gospel Flourish
Jun 23, 2016
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Well, with all our excitement in joining King’s Cross, I’d love to take a few minutes of your time to share a bit about myself, my family, and what this guy with a girl’s name is doing at King’s Cross. I know, my name is Kelly, but historically, maybe even prehistorically, it was a man’s name, but we’ll talk about that face to face. Most importantly, I’m a follower of Jesus Christ, adopted into the family of God because of Jesus’s work on the cross. Some other tidbits about me: I’m a musician, a worship leader, an avid surf fisher, a late but proud lover of San Francisco sports teams, and I have a beautiful wife named Carissa and three kids (Hunter, Sage, and Silas).

I spent the first thirty-two years of my life in Charleston. I’m one of those endangered Charleston natives. I spent my childhood years in West Ashley, my college and adult years were spent in the north area (CSU), but I volunteered and worked in the Mount Pleasant area for eight years as a worship leader (East Cooper Baptist Church). Charleston is in my blood! It’s the city I know, love, and have missed for the last two-and-a-half years while I lived in San Francisco and Charlotte. Let’s just say, I’m happy to be back! More than ever, I want to see the gospel flourish in the ever-changing Charleston area. One of the greatest areas God has shaped my life to serve this goal is in the area of corporate worship.

Many of us, including myself, have at some point had a vivid realization that we vastly misunderstood what it means to be a Christian. Again, like me, maybe you misunderstood what Christian worship is supposed to look like. For example, corporate worship is not an activity that saves us and makes us right with God. No, Jesus did that. Corporate worship is God’s gift that actually reinforces who God has redeemed us to be, and strengthens us to act in accordance with our new identity (2 Cor. 3:16-18).

Worship isn’t a time slot on Sunday mornings, disconnected from the rest of our lives. It is an activity that biblically translates the good and bad in our lives, propelling us into the week, and frames our subsequent actions as acts of worship themselves (Ps. 34). It’s not even an individual’s opportunity to experience God alone. It is a community activity that impacts our individual worship (Rom. 12) as we corporately cry out truths, reminding each other that we’re not alone, that we’re no longer lost, and that there’s hope for those in our midst who either haven’t seen the truth or have forgotten their privileged place in redemption. This is what makes me tick. This is not cultural Christianity. This is part of being a disciple of Christ and a lifelong worshipper of the God of the Bible.

With all of that said, I’m not always good at being a disciple, but I hope that in the months and years to come, as we learn to be better disciples, and as we see our community literally grow before our eyes, that we can be this type of community for each other. Consider what it means to be a part of a worshipping community. Consider how we can serve others in corporate worship, through the words we say, the songs we sing, the scripture to which we point, the notes we play, the prayers with which we appeal to God and encourage others, even down to how we can serve others with lives of worship and actions which come out of a heart primed for worship by gathering with the church.

I look forward to serving you, and in turn, I admit that I need you. We are in this together. I promise I won’t let you forget the gospel. Don’t let me forget it either.

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Leadership Team is Growing (again!)
Jun 20, 2016
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Welcome Kelly and Carissa Graham & family.

I am excited to announce that King's Cross Church has added to its pastoral leadership team. Kelly Graham and his wife Carissa have been married for eleven years, and have three beautiful children: Hunter (7), Sage (6), and Silas (8 months). The Grahams are joining us from the Charlotte area but in many ways they are coming "home," having previously lived and ministered in Charleston. 

Some of you may know Kelly and Carissa as he served as a worship leader at East Cooper Baptist prior to their departure for seminary. Most recently Kelly helped launch a new campus for The Church at Charlotte, overseeing both worship and children's ministries. The Grahams love the Lord, and love our city, and will make a wonderful addition to the gospel community God is building at King's Cross.

Please join me in praying for the Grahams as they transition. Many of you know that relocating can be stressful, even when you're excited to move! I know they would appreciate your prayers specifically that they would find a house quickly, and that Hunter, Sage and Silas would adjust well to their new surroundings. I've asked you this for all of our new staff members, but I'll ask it again... let's make sure they receive as much love and support from us as I know they will be giving to us in the months to come! 

Launch Sunday will be upon us before we know it. The Lord has already been so faithful to us King's Cross, and the addition of the Grahams is one more way He is providing for our needs, planning for our joy, and equipping us to fulfill the mission He has called us to! 

If you have a minute, maybe you could reach out to Kelly and Carissa and let them know you're praying for them. You can email Kelly at:

Grace and Peace,
Chip

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A Small City is Taking Shape
Jun 10, 2016
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"A small city is taking shape," read the headline in the Post & Courier's print edition of the June 5th article about the coming growth on the Cainhoy peninsula. That "growth" will mean a quarter-billion dollars in new schools and roads, a 9,000+ acre development with up to 18,000 homes, and a potential influx of 45,000 people over the next several decades. That much growth will turn largely rural Cainhoy into what would be, were it an independent municipality, the 8th biggest town in the state. To give another perspective on just how big this change will be: the coming Cainhoy Plantation development covers an area larger than the Charleston Peninsula and Daniel Island combined

Questions abound; some have answers, some answers are still being worked out. Will the new schools be open by August (we think so, but keep praying)? How are all of those people going to get into and out of the area, when Clements Ferry is already a traffic nightmare? How will the historic rural community in Cainhoy adjust to the rapid influx of people planning for a suburban lifestyle? What exactly is Cainhoy; City of Charleston (yes), Berkeley County (yes), or East Cooper (yes)?

All of those questions are important. They speak to caring for children well, quality of life, and sub-culture/community identity. Answers to these questions, and others, are on the hearts and minds of Cainhoy residents - current and future.

At King's Cross Church, we have some questions on our hearts and minds too. To what or whom will people turn when the inevitable crises come? What common ground will so many new people find as they become part of this transforming community? Who will be intentional about serving the schools and teachers? How will marriages on the brink of divorce be reconciled? What agent(s) of change will help prevent or break cycles of addiction, abuse, and poverty? Where will people find the answers to life's deepest questions? Where will people find a community that cares for them, helps them grow, and challenges them to serve their city?

We're not planting King's Cross because we think the Cainhoy Peninsula is a strategic place to grow a large church. We're planting King's Cross because we believe Cainhoy Peninsula is a rapidly growing part of our city that needs the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our prayer is that we will grow as our community grows, that the people of King's Cross will love and serve Cainhoy well in the name of Christ and by the power of His Spirit, that we will share the community's burdens and celebrate its joys, and that we can be part of the answer to those deeper questions.

There are faithful churches already serving 29492; we thank God for them, and want to learn from them. No single church can possibly meet the needs of a  "small city" on its own, and we certainly don't think King's Cross will! Rather, it takes the capital-C Church to do that; it is our joy and eager anticipation to join what God is already doing in Cainhoy and allow him to work through us to help this part of our city flourish.

In Jeremiah 29:7 God says to His people, "But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare." Please pray that the people of King's Cross would have this kind of heart for our city. More than that, please join us in praying for the welfare of our city!

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Stepping Out
May 17, 2016
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Starting at King’s Cross is so very exciting to me and I would love to share with you about why! It really is just one more way that I can look back over the course of my life and know that God is in control and He has a plan! 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

His plans are always so good. After college I was a kindergarten teacher for almost 5 years when God called me into full-time vocational ministry at First Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant. Someday, I’ll have to tell you all about how fast that happened, but suffice to say it was absolutely His work. Things fell into place in a way that could only be attributed to Him. Getting out of a public school contract isn’t easy y'all. But God was there, enforcing his plan, and it was amazing.

“To him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” Ephesians 3:20

During my time at First Baptist, I referenced my experience as a teacher weekly (almost daily). I also found myself super thankful that my college experience was from a Christian school where I was able to take multiple religion classes. Charleston Southern University was not my first choice of schools, and if you had asked me after graduation I would have told you that I was going to teach kindergarten forever. God’s plans, though, had a different timeline. I learned that I could rest in the knowledge that I was called into that path to prepare me for this one. Plus, my personal testimony involves me coming into a relationship with Jesus as a youth leader at a kid’s camp … Maybe I should have seen it coming! Still, trusting that he was in control  when my plans changed helped me see that this transition and new position was good - and yall, it was SO good! 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heard and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 

Stepping out on faith isn’t always easy … but it’s necessary! I was nervous to leave the comfort of my classroom and team of fellow kindergarten teachers to start a job where I was the only one who did my job there and I taught different content but I fell in love with the curriculum and loved the staff! Then, I was nervous to stop working full time to stay home in preparation for adopting a baby, but the support my husband and I have received has been wonderful and the time off has been a nice respite. Most recently, I was nervous about starting a part-time position when we don’t have our baby yet, but it feels great to be back in preparation to do what I’m called to do. In my experience, faith is built by stepping out blindly and trusting the safety net of our Father in Heaven. Every time I start something new butterflies fill my stomach, I have a brief last minute panic & my husband calms me down and then I go. And you know what? I always land in God’s arms!

“We walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7

I never would have predicted these steps in my life to lead me to where I am, but I’m SO thankful for the opportunity to be here. I’m SO thankful for my experiences growing up to prepare me to be a teacher. I’m SO thankful for my experiences as a teacher to prepare me to be in Children’s Ministry. I’m SO thankful for my experiences with First Baptist Church and The Church at Life Park to prepare my husband and I for helping to launch King’s Cross Church. But MOST of all, I’m SO thankful for God’s clear direction in the steps of my life. Every time I have stepped out, He has reassured me that I'm going the right way. He'll send little confirmations my way and give me this calm peaceful feeling when there's no logical way I could not be anxious. Change is often a huge thing for some people, but when it's directed by the Lord, he'll make you feel so good about it!

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

 

So here’s why I wanted to share this with you … I know God hasn’t worked like this in only my life. He’s working in your life too! What is He calling you to do? Where are you equipped & are you doing that? Do you trust that His directions are good? Where do you need to step out in faith? The Lord rewards obedience … and in my experience his rewards are better than you can imagine. Don’t get scared or tired of doing what’s right … trust God, have faith in His perfect plan, and go! I promise, you won't regret it!

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9

I'm looking forward to what's next ... to meeting the families and children I will be able to work with ... to bringing home our adopted little one ... and to serving the Lord with this church plant!

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Launch Sunday
Sunday, September 11, 2016, 10:00 AM - 11:15 PM

We will be holding our first public worship gathering on Sunday, September 11, 2016! We will gather for worship at Jennie Moore Elementary School in Mt. Pleasant ...

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