I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and [a]the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2:20
This scripture reminds me that no matter how much we sacrifice, our challenges pail in comparison to what Christ has given to us. This journey of church planting, and it truly is a journey, has been filled with twists and turns, but I am so grateful that God has chosen me to sow a seed into my community.
After five years in the ministry, I began to sense God calling me to plant a church. I had no idea where or how to begin. Even after completing my seminary studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, I still had so many questions. I was fortunate to have mentors in my life to encourage me and confirm my calling.
After looking for a full-time ministry position, my journey eventually led me back home to Milford, Texas in the form of a teaching and coaching position at my old high school. I was unsure how my ministry work would fit into this new phase of my life. But in the summer of 2018, it became clear to me that God was calling me to plant a church right where he planted me, about 15 miles from my hometown, in Hillsboro, Texas.
Since then God has placed even more mentors in my life and connected me with the church planting network of the Southern Baptists Convention of Texas. The SBTC has provided me and my wife Alana with valuable training for this journey ahead. One thing I have learned is that journeys are easier when you bring people along with you.
I have been blessed with an invaluable team, men that I have known and grown with for years. I am excited for us to lead our families and community on a journey to reach Hillsboro with the gospel. We are not there yet, but we are striving each and every day to create Godly relationships, feed God’s people, and contribute to God’s kingdom. We are CFC. We are Crosstown Fellowship Church-Hillsboro.
-Larry O. Williamson