REVITALIZING BEMENT, ILLINOIS
How a Crossroads Monticello church plant is impacting the lives of a neighboring town
“We really are a church for people who really aren’t church people.” Randy Hinshaw describes the congregation at Crossroads Church in Bement, Illinois in this way. Although the planting church (Crossroads Church of Monticello) is only a few miles up the road, there was a major need within the community of Bement for a church. In October of 2015, Crossroads Bement opened its doors for the first time.
In an area where crime and drug use has the highest population, Bement was a perfect place to plant a church. “We strive to focus on others and their needs. We desire for our attendees to feel comfortable to be themselves. I often say, ‘Come as you are, not as we are,’ Randy says, ‘We are reaching the unchurched as opposed to taking from other church congregations.’” Crossroads Bement has become a very energetic and expressive congregation. Reaching millennials, the congregation is a diverse group within their twenties and thirties.
Crossroads Bement has seen major growth over the past couple years. As of current, sixteen people have shown desire to become members. The discipleship class offered before church has also shown growth as well. A new women’s Bible study has demonstrated to be of great interest within the congregation. Although there is little space, the children’s ministry is thriving and has had great impact. The musicianship at Crossroads Bement has also been a great encouragement to the congregation as they use their gifts and talents for the Kingdom.
Crossroads Bement is involved in a mentorship program in a local school and has begun supporting missionaries in Haiti. They hope to send a team to Haiti in the coming years. Randy is full of joy with how God is moving throughout the Bement church plant.
For more information about Crossroads Bement, please check out their Facebook page.