"We've been overcrowded for so long and this allows us to fulfill the vision God has placed on our heart," said Wayne Weaver, lead pastor of Oasis Tabernacle.
Crossroads Mission Church was established in 1987 near Berlin and later moved to a building near West Holmes High School where they had been for more than 25 years. With crowded facilities at the Millersburg location the church decided to purchase the former Sugarcreek Free Methodist building and along with a renewed vision for the church they also renamed to Oasis Tabernacle. Though the two locations are more than 20 miles apart, the church will continue to meet at the single new location -- at Sugarcreek -- in an area where numerous church families had already resided.
The renewed vision is for the church to be a 'connector' between people and groups who are experiencing real spiritual revival in their lives -- those who are being genuinely changed by the power of God.
Closing date for the purchase of the Sugarcreek location was June 18 and the first Sunday service was held Oct. 21, after extensive updates on the interior.
Pastor Weaver is assisted by Associate Pastors Steve Yoder and Dalen Schlabach.
Coinciding with the opening of the "new" building and the renewed vision, Oasis Tabernacle hosted a four-day Feast of Celebrations event Oct. 23-25, with out-of-state and out-of-country speakers and attendees from multiple denominations who gave testimonies of changed lives and personal experiences with God through the power of His Word. The Feast of Celebrations event is a launch event for the annual World Revival Conference set for Nov. 8-10, 2013. The conference is intended as the platform to network with individuals and people groups around the world who are experiencing authentic God-anointed revival.
Pastor Weaver said there are many who label certain happenings as revival, but many times it's not the heartbeat of God. He further explained what indicators to look for when authentic revival is happening: "Sinners being changed by the power of God in biblical ways. Churches and communities being changed by the power of God in the face of the modern day times and trends."
Several places where revival is taking place where Weaver has direct or indirect contact include a church in Rome, Italy; Honduras, Central America in which Pastor Weaver has been directly involved over the past several years; and other places where he has traveled in the past 18 months; as well as other exciting contacts that are currently developing in preparation for the 2013 event.
Weaver has had personal friendships with and was especially influenced by several well-known Christian leaders and revivalists of the past including David Wilkerson, Derek Prince and Leonard Ravenhill, who have had lasting effects on Weaver's life.
Pastor Weaver can be heard on the radio at 88.7 FM, the Oasis Network, at 2:45 p.m. each weekday. For more information about Pastor Weaver's ministry involvements visit: ministriesofwayneweaver.com.
Sunday services at Oasis Tabernacle begin at 9:30 a.m. and everyone is welcome to attend.