Recently, I was looking back through my notes and came across the place where I first wrote down the thoughts that had swirled in my mind since the first time that I visited Columbus Avenue Baptist Church. I wrote, “the church at the center of the city has a voice that carries, hands that touch, and a heart that embraces like no other church can.” It is that vision that drew me to Columbus Avenue back in 2013, and it’s what continues to drive my passion for what God has called us to be.
Consider this: over 3,000 households participate in worship via our TV ministry every week, and we have a growing number of online participants from as far away as Montana and Florida. Our voice reverberates across Central Texas! Over 500 people are actively involved in serving in our Sunday and Wednesday ministries or are leading ministries that mobilize people in hands-on compassion. This doesn’t include the additional volunteers serving in Kids Hope mentoring, backpacks for at risk kids, Pathways utility assistance, Meals on Wheels, Extende Tu Mano Spanish speaking food assistance program. Our hands are touching places that we could never reach from outside the center of the city! Lastly, the warm, friendly, and open culture of Columbus Avenue has allowed us to embrace multiple languages, worship expressions, cultures, and, perhaps most importantly, generations. Over 500 kids, teenagers, and adults joined ColumbusU groups last year putting them in direct relationship with others from very different walks of life. Our heart embraces others across boundary lines that are assumed to be impassable in our culture. We are Columbus, the church at the center of the city, not just for 52 days out of the year but for 365 days of the year!
God has called us to be Columbus365! He is calling us to serve at the crossroads geographically, economically, generationally, and culturally that are uniquely found at the center of the city. We have been well served by the vision and sacrifice of past generations of Columbus Avenuers. Now it is our turn! It’s time for us to restore inward so that we can reach outward. It’s time for us to be Columbus365!
For the glory of God and the good of others,