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Winter 2006 Rapport: Alumni News & Notes

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Church Receives Purpose Driven Church Health Award

On May 20 David (M.A.T.S. 1997) and Rebekah Crosby, senior pastors of Pocono Community Church (PCC), were honored, with eighty other churches, at the 2005 Purpose Driven Church conference at Saddleback Community Church, Lake Forest, Calif.

“These congregations understand that the healthy church maintains a balance between the five biblical purposes—worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and mission,” said Rick Warren (pictured center), Saddleback’s pastor and founder of Purpose Driven Ministries. “They have embraced purpose-driven principles to grow not only in numbers but, more importantly, ­to grow in health.”

PCC held its first service Christmas Day 2002. In April 2005, Sunday morning attendance averaged 550. “I just never imagined that I’d ever be able to be a part of something like this. It’s very humbling to see what God does every weekend,” says Crosby. In the last two years, the church has witnessed close to 400 salvations and is completing plans to buy a 50-acre tract of land for a new ministry facility.

Updated: Friday, December 2, 2005 4:35 PM


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