Why Crestwood? As you look around Santa Maria you see lots of Christian churches with great people. Why consider Crestwood Christian Fellowship? Who needs another church?
I’m glad you asked. First, it is interesting to know the reason there are so many Christian churches is because there are many different kinds of people. No single church appeals to everyone. Therefore God, in His wisdom, creates diversity and variety – all for us. If you have any doubts or questions about that, just look around. Look at all the different kinds of people, trees, fish, animals, insects, and even snowflakes ~ you get the point.
However, while Crestwood may look like other Christian churches on the outside – you will find distinct differences and the best way to see and experience them is to come check us out. Let’s take a peek:
The majority of churches in the community spend most of their money on salaries and facilities. That amount is upward of 70% of the money being given by the church members/visitors. There is often very little money left to help the people coming for financial aid to those churches. The question we asked ourselves is, “What if we all served God for free? What if we then took this money to share the Good News of Jesus and take care of the poor?” The answer was “Let’s do church differently.”
Here we are since November 2009, a non-salaried, all volunteer church of every age and every walk of life. After we pay rent and utilities, we take the rest of our Lord’s funds provided, and care for needs such as shelter, food, clothing, medications, transportation, schooling, eyeglasses, and more.
We “teach and meet needs”. There are many local churches doing a beautiful job at women’s events, men’s gatherings, youth outings and more and that is wonderful. However, we see that our purpose and mission is to meet the needs of the poor and so we have chosen to use our resources, both financially and volunteers, in a concentrated and focused way to introduce them and bring them to God. This involves everyone from child to adult getting involved. We are everyday people who see a different way to make a difference.
At Crestwood, we have placed the highest value on the Bible, without which, we would never be able to know God or His plan for mankind. Our goal is to impress an audience of One. Teachings are directly out of the Bible every Sunday.
We know this does not appeal to everyone, but we hope it appeals to you. If you want to be part of something different, unique, and special – then Crestwood is your place to call home.
Now the question might be, “Why not Crestwood?”