Crystal Lake Baptist Church was incorporated in 1967 as a Southern Baptist Church. God graciously provided land and a building in Burnsville, MN in 1969, and CLBC has been worshipping on this property ever since. We recently celebrated our 50th anniversary and began asking ourselves what the next 50 years will look like. While we cannot answer this question completely, we have sought to regroup as we push into the next 50 years. This effort includes:
- Focusing our efforts in the ministry of the Word: We believe that the Word gives life; therefore, we are retooling and redoubling our efforts in the ministry of the Word in Bible classes, the morning worship service, and our stay and study time. We want to engage in expositional preaching, biblical teaching, and deep reflection on the Word as an assembly.
- Reorienting and recommitting ourselves to our Southern Baptist identity: We understand that our Southern Baptist identity is less about tradition and more about biblical convictions, so we are studying through the Baptist Faith & Message 2000 (the SBC statement of faith) in our Stay & Study hour.
- Strengthening our foundation as a local assembly: We are giving fresh attention our church polity as we move into the future. We understand pastor-led congregationalism to best reflect the Scriptures teaching on church polity. It is within this framework that we desire to see our members exercising their gifts in order to build up the body of Christ by engaging in meaningful membership, church discipline, and life together.
- Refocusing on personal growth and discipleship: the Bible does not present Christians as living in isolation. Many of the New Testament texts speak of our sanctification as a group project. We are seeking to cultivate a church culture of personal growth and discipleship where we can actively obey the "one another" commands of Scripture.
- Engaging our community with the gospel: Christ has called his people to find his sheep. It is our desire to speak the gospel and to display the gospel to our community in service to our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is our desire to glorify God, to equip and edify the saints, and to evangelize the lost. These purposes give us great hope as we press forward into the next 50 years for the glory of God and the good of his people.