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Western Arizona church gets head start on Crossover emphasis

TOPOCK, Ariz. (BP)–Crossover Arizona may be scheduled officially for mid-June when the Southern Baptist Convention convenes in Phoenix, but a multi-church partnership organized through the Crossover Arizona effort already has recorded 18 professions of faith in Christ in the western Arizona town of Topock.

With the help of Corona Baptist Church in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler and additional volunteers from Las Vegas and Oklahoma, 145 volunteers working with Golden Shores Community Baptist Church on March 1 visited each of the approximately 900 homes in the community.

The door-to-door spiritual opinion survey was followed by an evangelistic rally that night, and attendance the following Sunday jumped from an average of about 105 to 170, pastor Bruce Daniel reported.

“I just wanted to knock on a few doors, but God had other plans,” he said. “We believe that God is going to do a great work here.”

The church picked up about 227 prospects through the effort and will follow-up through a new FAITH evangelism training effort.

The project is a result of a Crossover Arizona model that calls for partnerships between churches in the Phoenix area and a church in another part of the state — in addition to volunteers who will join them from other parts of the country. In most cases the two congregations will work together on June 14 in metropolitan Phoenix and the following weekend on a similar project on the other church’s home turf.

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