TULAROSA (BNM) - During the 2019 fiscal year, Cross Church, Tularosa, led all Baptist Convention of New Mexico affiliated churches in per capita giving. According to the 2019 BCNM Annual Report, the six-member church forwarded $2,378 ($396.25 per capita) to the Cooperative Program. 2019 was Cross Church’s first full year as a congregation.
Pastor Dan Abercrombie credits the church’s missional DNA for its generous giving. According to Abercrombie, Cross Church’s primary emphasis is to “reach out to other people. The church’s full legal name, “Cross Church, Love God, Love People,” further expresses this emphasis. Cross Church added a seventh member and celebrated its first baptism this earlier this year.
Through a unique situation, the church is able to meet in its building at no cost. Abercrombie credited the church’s low overhead as one reason for the church’s ability to contribute to mission causes like the Cooperative Program. The church also runs a local jail ministry and participates in the United States Dairy Administration’s “Farmers to Families” produce distribution program.
Abercrombie expressed gratitude for BCNM Executive Director Joseph Bunce’s support of the church, especially during its planting process. “When I first told [Bunce] we were going to start a new mission effort in Tularosa, he asked me, ‘How can I help?’ He never doubted me, and that is a little bit inspiring … He always had faith in me and he would build me up every time we were in a meeting together,” Abercrombie said.
Abercrombie said he consistently encourages his church to be active in their community by sharing the Gospel and loving their neighbors. “I explain a little bit about salt and a little bit about light nearly every Sunday. I want to make sure they have that locked in, and they could go out in the community and then be the salt, and tell people about being salt, [and] help them to realize they can be the light.” Funds provided by churches through the Cooperative Program help expand the reach of the Gospel in New Mexico and around the world, allowing the generosity of Cross Church’s members to make a global impact.
Cross Church is a member of the Mountain Valley Baptist Association. The church was planted in October 2018 and is located at 900 St. Francis Drive, Tularosa.