If ever there were a company that has radically changed our world, it would have to be APPLE. Founded by college dropouts, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, along with a 42-year old named Ronald Wayne in April of 1976, they began in a garage. The company is now a multinational corporation responsible for some of the most innovative creations of all time—the iPod, iPad, iTunes, iPhone, iCloud, the Mac line of computers and laptops, Safari web browser, App Store, OSX and IOS operating systems and more.
One of the most amazing stories about APPLE is that Ronald Wayne, who drew the original logo, wrote the original partnership agreement as well as the first policy manual, sold his share in the company for $800. Today, some estimate his share would be between $30-40 billion.
Another incredible story has to do with a man named John Scully. He’d been the youngest CEO in the history of PEPSI and was sought after by a number of major corporations, including APPLE. He told them all, “No.”
Scully was the mastermind behind the PEPSI GENERATION ad campaign that catapulted PEPSI ahead of COKE for the first time ever. It was during that period Steve Jobs approached him to come work for APPLE.
In their final meeting, Jobs asked once more, “Are you going to come to APPLE?” Scully’s answer, once again, was “No.” But that would not be his final answer. Scully recounts what happened next. “When I told Steve that I would love to be a consultant to APPLE and help him out in any way I could, but there was no way I could see myself coming to APPLE, his head dropped and he stared at the floor what seemed like an eternity. I wasn’t prepared for what came next. After a few moments of deadening silence, he issued a challenge to me that would haunt me for days: ‘Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?’”
What a challenge! And John Scully accepted.
We make no apology at Crossroads for challenging people to do something of eternal significance with their lives. Not only has God given us a chance to change our world, He has commanded and commissioned us to do it (Matthew 28:18-20).
We unapologetically ask every person who becomes a member of our church family to commit themselves to a set of higher standards and expectations than you’ll find in the average church. In fact, the tragic reality is that too many churches have little or no expectations of their members. Consequently, they’re doing little more than selling sugared water instead of impacting the world.
Here are SEVEN EXPECTATIONS we have for every member of Crossroads:
1) Have a daily quiet time with the Lord, spending time in His Word and in prayer.
2) Attend worship every weekend.
3) Live a holy life seven days a week, not just on Sundays.
4) Get involved in a small group (Connect Group).
5) Serve somewhere at Crossroads in a ministry where you can use your spiritual gifts and build up the body.
6) Consistently support the Lord’s work here at Crossroads, positively, enthusiastically, prayerfully and financially.
7) Boldly and regularly share your faith with people who don’t know the Lord.
We realize that’s quite a challenge to put forth to our people. But you want to know something. Not only do our people do it, but they do it with excellence and enthusiasm. They love doing it because they’re not satisfied selling sugared water. They want to CHANGE THE WORLD!
We’d love to have you join us. We’re always looking for more world changers.
© 2014. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.