In 1982, Andrae Crouch wrote an amazing gospel song entitled, My Tribute. Here are some of the lyrics:
How can I say thanks
for all the things you have done for me
Things so undeserved
Yet you gave to prove your love for me
And the voices of a million angels
Could not express my gratitude
All that I am and ever hope to be
I owe it all to Thee
That’s exactly how our family feels this week. Ten years after Andrae wrote that song, on Sunday, August 2nd, 1992, our family of four (Kelli hadn’t been born yet), flew from Ft. Myers, Florida to DFW to begin what would become the most rewarding experience of our lives: having the privilege of serving as your Pastor and Pastor’s family.
It has been an amazing experience for our family, the best decision we’ve ever made, and there is no way to put into words the gratitude that is in our hearts.
My first official task was leading the Wednesday night Bible study that first week. There were 12 people in attendance. I remember thinking, what have I done?
Three days earlier, we had left a great ministry in Port Charlotte, FL with the First Christian Church, where we had served for 12 1/2 years. We were averaging just short of 600 in weekend worship (in the summer!), had purchased 20 acres of property in an amazing, new location, and were completely debt free. Every bill was paid and the church had close to $300,000.00 in the bank. We’d also just hired a new associate and a new youth minister. Things were going great.
But one thing was unmistakable — God had called us to Texas.
There is no way to put into words the gratitude that is in our hearts.
I had been praying for almost two years, telling God I wanted to reach more people for Christ. But moving to Texas didn’t make sense. Most Pastors don’t leave larger churches to move to smaller ones – at least in their prime. Especially, if you’re wanting to reach more people for Christ. But that’s what we were doing, because that’s what God was telling us to.
It wasn’t easy. In fact, just this week Steve Siddle, who was on the original pulpit committee who called me, serves on our staff and is one of my closest friends, said, “We’ve been through a war. But it’s been a good war.” It always is when you’re doing the Lord’s work (Ephesians 6:10-12).
The battle began the first week. Al Dillon, one of the original founders of our church (who’s now in Heaven), told me a few years back that four couples came to his house after my first Sunday night service,and told him, “We’ve got to get rid of this new guy.” Al never wavered in his support of me and I never wondered where I stood with him. He told me he prayed for me every day, from the first day he spoke to me in January of 1992, until the last time I prayed with him just before he died.
It all began in August of 1992 with 188 people on 6+ acres on Bowen Road in Arlington. Today, we have over 7,500 people on 150+ acres and a campus that is one of the most beautiful and practical church campuses of any church in America. We’re completely debt free and have over $12 million earning interest at The Solomon Foundation. We have close to $3 million in our mission’s endowment funds. Our goal is $10 million and that is being funded solely through interest. We have close to $8 million earning interest for our new youth building and much more. Our annual budget is $11.7 million. For several years we’ve been able to give over $1 million to missions and we give away somewhere between $28,000 - 30,000.00 every month to needy people in our community through our Change For A Dollar program. Those aren’t just statistics – those are lives being touched with the gospel and changed forever.
Last year, on Sunday, August 9th, we opened the doors to a brand new 75,000 sq. ft., $18 million dollar children’s building and it was paid for before the first shovel of dirt was turned. This week, we have over 500 of our youth and sponsors at church camp, we’ve already baptized 515 people, and we’re enjoying our best year yet.
There’s no way to list everything God has done or is currently doing. Nor is there any way we can adequately say thank you for allowing us the privilege to serve here for the past 24 years.
24 years ago we had no idea what God was about to do. We still don’t. But we know whatever He does will be “immeasurably more than we can ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).
I want you to know how grateful our family is for the privilege of serving here with you. We are thankful for every blessing and every battle, because it’s been worth it to see thousands of lives changed for all eternity and millions given for the cause of Christ both here and around the world.
I’d also love for you to join us on Sunday, at one of our six services, as we celebrate together, thanking God for what He has done and asking for His blessing and favor on what we’re about to do.
Again, “Thank you!” “We love you, Crossroads!”
Let’s make our 25th our best yet!
© 2016. Barry L. Cameron
Our facilities at 5200 S. Bowen Rd. (August 1992)
Our auditorium on Bowen Rd., when we were Arlington Christian Church.
A worship service in the remodeled old auditorium on Bowen Rd.
The auditorium in our Family Life Center on Bowen Rd.
The three-story, fully authentic castle we built for kids on Bowen Rd.
Aerial photo of our Bowen Rd. campus. From the top, the Family Life Center, old facility, castle, offices, and the student center.
A picture of our remodeled facility with the new Family Life Center in the back.
An exterior picture of our facility on Bowen Rd., on a typical Sunday when there were no empty parking spaces.
Current campus at 6450 S. State Highway 360.
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.