Who We Are
Mission, Vision and Values
vision and values” are just fancy labels for the answers to some simple but
What's your purpose...the main thing you're trying to do? (Mission)
What are you trying to become...what do you aspire to “look like” as you go about fulfilling your purpose? (Vision)
What's important to you? (Values)
“Loving people into a fully-devoted relationship with Christ.” In Jesus' day, religious teachers would attract a special group of students they called their “disciples.” These were not ordinary students; as disciples, their goal was to become just like their teacher. They didn't just want to learn…they wanted to grow and be changed to be the kind of person their teacher was, and to do the kinds of things their teacher did. The teacher-disciple relationship was extremely close and the disciple had to devote his life to this transformation of becoming like his teacher.
That's the kind of relationship we should have with Jesus Christ: fully-devoted to becoming more and more like Him. Salvation - believing in Jesus - is merely the starting point to growing into Christian life on this side of heaven. Our mission is to move in the power of Jesus' love to help every member of Crossroads go from a believer to a disciple.
Here's what we aspire to look like: “To be a 'Loving Well' community of Christ followers who experience and inspire life change through God's word and grace.” There are three key parts here: community, life change and God's word and grace. We want to go beyond being a collection of “biblical individuals” to being a biblical community where we do life together: loving and serving, grieving and recovering, learning and growing. We want to be a kind of people where the power of the Holy Spirit is evident in changed lives that glorify God and inspire us to give more of ourselves to Him. We want to be a place that shows both an unwavering commitment to the truth of God's word and an utter dependence on His grace as the means to sustaining our community and achieving life change.
To a scientist, DNA is the carrier of genetic information; it contains the code that defines the essential biological characteristics of a living organism. To an Organizational Behavior expert, DNA defines the essential and distinctive characteristics or qualities of someone or something.
Here at Crossroads we use the idea of DNA to convey our essential values: what’s important to us as we carry out our mission to achieve our vision. We summarize our DNA as “Loving Well”: because Christ first loved us, through His saving grace and power, we are able to love God, love others and love ourselves well (John 3:16, Luke 10:27).
Just as DNA carries genes that define biological traits, our DNA has four elements that describe the kind of traits we want to exhibit as a church:
Love. Experiencing God's unmerited favor; not only at salvation, but also throughout our faith journey (Romans 12:1).
Connect. Enjoying community with other Christians in small groups for support and accountability (Hebrews 10:24-25).
Grow. Growing in knowledge of the Bible, faith in God's promises, submission to God's will and sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit (Romans 12:2).
Serve. Reflecting the love of Jesus in our daily lives (1 Thessalonians 2:8).As the DNA image above depicts...We invite you to join us at Crossroads to love, and be loved well—no matter where you find yourself this day (Matthew 28:18-20).