Why I serve – Mike and Brenda Troth

Around Crosspoint, our volunteers truly are at the heart of what we do.  Without our volunteers, God-glorifying, life-changing ministry just wouldn’t happen.  So why do our volunteers serve?  Why do they join Jesus in His invitation to be a part of a mission that is greater than themselves?

Here is one testimony from Mike Troth, who along with his wife Brenda, have served around Crosspoint for many years…


Brenda and I have been members of Crosspoint for about 10 yrs now.  We’ve seen the church grow from a small gathering of worshipers each Sunday morning in the old Ministry Center to the hundreds of friends and families that come through the doors of our church today.

Throughout this wonderful journey in the growth of Crosspoint, I can say without hesitation that we wouldn’t be where we are today as a church without the hundreds of volunteers that have helped us get there.  I do not say this with any disrespect towards the Lord or the untiring efforts of our pastors and staff.  Rather, I say this with reverence to the work that God is doing in the lives of those attending Crosspoint who’ve shown their Faith through volunteering. 

I have served in a number of areas over the years from as simple as cleaning up and taking out the garbage to working as a part of the Building team to plan and renovate the church we worship in today.  By serving alongside so many people through the years, I have gotten to know them more than I ever could have done by just showing up on Sunday morning, listening to the sermon while drinking some hot chocolate, and going back home until next week.

I have learned through the years that church, among other things, is about community and the key to that community is getting involved.  I truly believe that God has given each and every one of us talents that can be used to serve one another for His glory.  I believe that Galatians 6:10 is perfect in its calling for us as Christ followers to serve others but especially to serve those who also share our faith:

Galatians 6:10:  So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Thank you to all of you that serve Christ each and every day.  To those of you who are thinking of serving for the first time or thinking of serving in a new area, please take the leap of Faith and jump in.  Your talents are needed.  I’ve yet to see the church with too many volunteers where we’ve had to turn people away.  J

I’ll leave you with the following from James that explains how what we do demonstrates our Faith and Love for Christ:

James 2:14-18:  What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?  Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.  But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.

God bless…