It’s easier to understand our philosophy on doing church when you understand why and how CrossHope Chapel began on January 6, 2011. Pastor Steve Durkac tells the story of our history below…
“While I was working at Providence Hospital as a hospital chaplain, I was taken back by a high number of patients who could express and articulate their personal belief in Jesus Christ and convictions in biblical doctrines, yet who also had no involvement and fellowship in any church congregation.
Many of these same individuals also shared stories with me of their experiences with area churches that told similar accounts of not being able to connect with the other members or of finding the traditional church structure, mainly citing the pulpit to pew dissemination format as an impediment to connecting with the message, while nearly all had praises for either a past small group or Sunday school class experience.
After hearing these accounts over and over, year after year, I began to be burdened by a mission to reach these individuals and others who aren’t being served by the pervasive traditional church formats.
I learned about a North American Mission Board (Southern Baptist) pastor who was on a missionary salary and reaching unchurched people in Arizona through small group gatherings that he called “tactical churches.” He was serving as a pastor of small group gatherings that served as the attenders only weekly primary spiritual worship experience.
Now my background was in denominational church planting through the traditional route of a sending model that seeks launching big, growing big, and relying on staying big. However, after some research, prayer, and conversations I was being led to a smaller, zero budget, faith based gathering approach that would genuinely rely on the promise of Zechariah 4:6, not a budget or denominational support.
So I set the date of January 6, 2011 as a step of faith in verifying the will of God for the Kingdom of God in Mobile, Alabama through a nontraditional fellowship launch. With no advertising or budget, but plenty of prayer, I began sharing with friends and on my social media the start date and mission.
We launched in a Ryan’s Restaurant where we were allowed to use a community conference room for free as long as we bought their breakfast buffet. After we got tired of eating their breakfast every Sunday, we decided to move to my home and in about year’s time we leased our fist chapel space on Schillinger Road South in Mobile, Alabama.
In October of 2016, after a few months of overcrowding for only 25 – 30 people each week we finally moved to a new chapel space at 9943 Lifeline Court in west Mobile, Alabama and look forward to whoever or how many the Spirit of God leads to “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord” (2 Peter 3:18) through our fellowship.”