Church Highlight: Crosspoint Church
Your name: Jeremy Chasteen Your spouse and children’s names: Liz, Carson, Bryn, Lydia, Spencer
Name of your church: Crosspoint Church
Location of church: Clemson, SC
Date church was planted: August 28, 2005
What are the reasons you decided to plant a church in your city (if your church is a plant)? It was our desire to plant a healthy Great Commission church in Clemson, SC to reach out the campus and the community with the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was our hope to make disciples who make disciples.
What have you seen the Lord do in and through your church/church plant? We have seen him do great things through Crosspoint; many have come to faith in Christ, disciples have been raised up, people have been sent out to live daily on mission, and laborers sent to the nations.
What do you hope to see the Lord do in and through your church in the future? It is our hope to make disciples of all people for God’s glory; that all members and attendees would find meaningful community and pursue growth together through our small groups. God advances the gospel by equipping and sending his redeemed people to take his truth to the ends of the earth. Our aim is to equip and send disciple makers, to advance the gospel through overseas missions, church planting, and daily missional living in the workplace and in our neighborhood. Crosspoint is committed to being a church that plants churches both locally and internationally; as well, we are committed to partnering well to see other churches strengthened and revitalized. With half of our church being comprised of college students, we desire to be a mission sending machine, to see students serving churches in the southeast, laboring in unreached areas of the US, and equipped to be sent to the nations.
What advice do you have for current or future church planters? Future planters should be locked in to a local church, serving faithfully, and making disciples. They should be walking daily with God, develop a good and hard work ethic, be shepherding and teaching those they’ve been entrusted with, and be boldly sharing the gospel in their community. It will be challenging for a church planter to see a healthy church come to fruition if he is not seeing fruit in his current role and location. I would also encourage all church planters to ensure that his family is being nurtured and cared for, that they are meaningfully involved in the local church, part of the church planting process and preparations, and being equipped together as they prepare to plant. Another value in church planting is the characteristic of patience. They should be willing to be faithful in their current roles, patient in the process, teachable and humble in the waiting and sending. It is important for church planters to be communicating well, approved, and confirmed by their mentors and elders as they prepare to plant a church.
What are your 3-4 main prayer requests?
- See 150 students serve on mission this summer through Generation LINK.
- Raise up healthy leaders to multiply small groups.
- Give generously to plant churches and pay off our debt within two years to maximize our facility and sending capacity for the sake of the Kingdom.