I’ve said it before, church shopping is often approached in the same manner in which we look to upgrade to our next automobile. Johnny and Suzy realize that now since they have 2.3 children and 1.2 dogs that it is time to move from the smaller SUV to the full size SUV. So, now it is time to work through all of the options…. LE, LTE, LX, etc… how many video screens does each model have and how many different movies can it play? The packages and the options are endless and your local sales representative will assure you that they have a package that will perfectly meet all of your longings.
Unfortunately, churches are approached in much of the same way. I always get a little tongue-tied when someone asks, “What kind of church is Crossings Community?” So, I am going to answer that question today. The first thing that I should say is that we do not fit neatly within any of the usual molds (ex. seeker, traditional, ancient/modern, emerging, etc.). Here goes…
At Crossings Community Church we are a church that:
Values Truth. I do not preach short sermons. Some may say they are long sermons. Each Sunday I preach for 40-45 minutes. Those sermons are all about what the Bible has to say and how that has everything to do with our everyday lives. We preach all of the Bible whether difficult, comfortable, convicting, or encouraging. We preach through the Bible allowing God’s word to inform our lives.
Values Community. No one can hide at CCC. When people walk in the door they will get approached and welcomed and probably even invited to a small group, to lunch, or out for coffee. We also ask our guests for their email address so that we can follow-up with them. We believe that our biblical mandate is to make disciples and we know that happens through authentic relationships rather than anonymous church attendance.
Values Prayer. We pray for other churches and ministries around the community each Sunday. We pray specifically over submitted requests during our worship time every Sunday. The Elders pray over the requests made and the families who call Crossings Community home. We provide a response time for prayer with leaders every Sunday morning. We joyfully pursue the opportunity to pray with/for those are hurting and rejoicing.
Values Mission. We have sent teams to the other side of the world while also providing funds for those serving where the name of Jesus in unknown. We find great joy in supporting local ministries which communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are anxiously anticipating our next season of global partnership in the days ahead.
Worships. We sing songs that stir our minds and affections toward God because of who He is and what He continually does amidst our lives. We pass a basket so that people can experience the joys of worshiping through giving of their financial resources. We encourage people to respond freely to God in worship through kneeling, hand-raising, and/or eye-closing.
Disciples Children. We invest more resources (both time and money) in how we are going to teach children the truths of the Bible than we do how grand our children’s ministry appears. We teach all ages about God and the rescuing story of Jesus Christ. We do not take the role of spiritual parents to the children but rather we partner with the parents in their call to be the primary faith-trainer of their children.
Facilitates Authenticity. The suburban facade is quickly dismantled within our body because people quickly see and hear the honesty of those around them. There are honest conversations about difficulty and struggle which God uses as a great encouragement in His church.
Sacrifices. Crossings Community is a church made of people who give sacrificially of all that God has given them. They give time to serve in endless ways. They give financially to provide for those who are struggling. Whether job loss, physical, or mental struggles, the people of Crossings Community run to those who are in need.
Grows. We are a church that is growing in every way. Our families are growing through the blessing of children. Our families are growing in their marriages and parenting journeys as they are growing deeper in their relationship with Jesus Christ. The number of families who call Crossings Community home is growing by God’s grace alone.
What kind of Church is Crossings Community? I do not know what category or label, if any, that we fit neatly into. I do know that God has created the church that my family is thankful to call home.