Crest's church-life rhythm during covid-19

This may feel like unchartered territory, but remember that the early church had no buildings - they were just a rag-tag group of folks who had the Holy Spirit and the world changing good news of Jesus.  Not being able to gather in larger groups for a while actually provides us with a unique opportunity to reimagine church and rediscover what's important. We're hopeful that this may be the beginning of a spiritual revival.

If we don't waste this opportunity, God's church will flourish.

At Crest, we've been reimagining what our rhythm will look like for the time being. Here are five commitments we're asking you to make with us:

5 ways to fully engage with us


  • GROW

    In addition to the ways you already grow in your relationship with God personally, we would like to commit to the following together:

    • Reading The Unvarnished Jesus as a daily devotional. If you need a copy, we'll mail one to you
    • 'Growth Gauges' 1-on-1 conversations. After having completed the growth gauges exercise, get together with a spouse or friend and discuss your results. You can download the exercise here Crest_Growth_Guages_2019.pdf
    • Weekly resources released on Sundays. Crest leadership intends to provide a short, spiritual reflection each Sunday we don't have our normal gathering

    In place of our normal Sunday morning gatherings, we'll make time for community in other ways, including:

    • Small, in-person house parties
    • Home Churches (Fridays & Sundays) click to learn more
    • Intentionally visiting those who cannot gather in social settings

    We're going to be proactive in meeting each other's needs and the needs of our friends and neighbors:

    • Online food & supply pantry to share extra items with one another. Needs can be shared online via our Facebook group
  • LOVE

    The writer of Hebrews encourages us: "let us consider how we may spur one another on to love and good deeds" (Hebrew 10:24) Saturday mornings, one of our members spends a few hours making sandwiches and delivering them to her homeless neighbors, and that is inspiring.

    • What do you say we share our stories online of how we're being the church? Tell us how you've been motivated by love to serve others - not to brag - but to inspire us to continue to be the church in these anxious times!  Share your story here
  • GIVE

    If you don't already tithe to Crest, now is a great time to start. Because we won't be collecting offering on Sunday morning, we encourage you to give online:

    • Our benevolence fund is usually adequate to meet financial needs within our community. But these are not ordinary times, and we anticipate greater need this season.
    • We'd like to not only meet our needs, but also build toward our goals. We've got a lot we'd like to do this year, and generosity fuels our mission.
    • Come Easter, we'd love to have financial momentum behind us as we'll (hopefully) be re-engaging our normal, church-life rhythm.