Pray for Charlie Cruce and the Tulsa Subway System
Charlie Cruce has served as Missions Director/Treasurer of the Tulsa Metro Network since March 2004, working with churches scattered across five counties, serving in all kinds of communities and situations.
“Our churches encounter all kinds of challenges and obstacles both internally and externally as they faithfully share the Good News of Jesus Christ week after week,” Cruce said. “The Southern Baptist churches, since their inception in 1845, have sought to find ways to work together beginning at home in their Jerusalem and reaching out to the ends of the Earth.
“In our Jerusalem, which is the Tulsa metro area, we are trying to find creative ways to work together to plant new churches and revitalize existing congregations,” he said. “We are also finding ways to encourage and strengthen our pastors and other leaders in our affiliated churches.”
Cruce said much of their work takes place with smaller churches, but every church, no matter how small, is important to God and incredibly important as they work together as a cooperative church family.
Tulsa Metro Network is an association of 150 Southern Baptist churches in Tulsa and its surrounding communities.
“Our network is a church-focused, responsive fellowship whose sole purpose is to add value to its member churches by resourcing their vision to fulfill the Great Commission,” Cruce said. “The churches in our network serve a growing and vibrant urban community of over one million people.
Cruce added that the Tulsa metro area has one of the most diverse multicultural populations for a city of its size in the country.
“God is working through the churches to push back the darkness with the gospel of Jesus Christ – beginning in the beautiful city of Tulsa and going to the ends of the Earth,” he emphasized.
Cruce said the church network has four priorities: church planting, impact loss, church health, and leadership care and development.
The church planting team will cultivate a decentralized church planting movement in the Tulsa area where a growing number of network churches are involved in starting new churches.
The goal of the Impact Lostness team is to find new initiatives at the local church level to reach and impact the unreached in the geographic area.
The Church Health Team strives to help churches in need of revitalization, overhaul and refocusing.
The Leader Care and Development Team will lead a unified strategy to support and develop individual leaders and leadership teams in the network and in network churches.
Cruce and his wife, Debbie, are parents to a son, who works for a major cybersecurity software company in Austin, Texas.
Due to the generous giving of Oklahoma Baptists through the Cooperative Program, an incredible array of ministries are supported. This unified gift encourages fellowship with other believers around the world. Collectively, Oklahoma Baptists advance the gospel together.
Charle Cruce is featured in the 2022 Missionary Prayer Guide for Oklahoma Baptists. To see more information, visit oklahomabaptists.org/cp