All ministry is dependent upon God
Our ministry is characterized by dependence on God. It does not begin with, or rely upon, people, skills, or programs. Spiritual gifts, ministries, and effects in those ministries are dependent upon the working of the Triune God through His people (1 Corinthians 12:4-6), therefore in all our ministries and activities we seek first to determine what God is doing and cooperate with Him. We will use ministry methods and forms that are biblical and effective. As we gather to worship, we acknowledge this dependence.
Relevant Biblical exposition
We believe that the Bible is God’s inspired Word, the authoritative and trustworthy rule of faith and practice for Christians (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible is both timeless and timely, relevant to the common needs of all people at all times and to the specific problems of contemporary living. Therefore, we will equip people to think biblically in order to measure their lives by the standards of Scripture. We are committed to equipping Christians throughout our ministries using the authoritative teaching of God’s Word. Expository preaching is a central element of our overall strategy.
The Gospel is the foundation of our message
The essence of the Gospel is the good news that men can be reconciled to God. This is accomplished only through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:28). We desire that all would know and understand the truth of salvation in its fullness.
A balance of love and sound doctrine
We seek to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15; 1 Corinthians 13:1-8) resulting in sound (healthy) doctrine. We trust the Holy Spirit to guide us in the practical outworking of this balance (John 14:26).
The priority of the local church
We believe the local church is God’s primary means to nurture and grow the body of Christ. Believers are commanded to assemble together, exercising their spiritual gifts for the maturing of the Body (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7). Our time, talents, and resources are to be given first to the local church before outside causes. Families are encouraged to make weekly participation in the church ministries a priority to lay a good biblical foundation. Our love for the local church models mature faith to future generations.
Growth and Outreach
As we gather together we will primarily build and strengthen believers so that as they move into their neighborhoods they will be equipped to evangelize the lost. We will focus on the depth of our ministry and allow God to determine the size of ministry.
Godly leaders are fundamental to a Godly church
Since the church will always reflect the character of its leadership (Hosea 4:4), it is our priority to recognize and develop Christ-like leaders who are called by God to serve. Pastors and Elders must reflect maturity in the qualities required for that office (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9). Leaders are to be examples to the flock (1 Peter 5:1-4).
Every Christian is called to serve
Every Christian has been given spiritual gifts by the Holy Spirit for unique service within and on behalf of the church. Therefore every Christian is to be involved in ministry. The responsibility of the leadership at Crossroads Bible Church is to equip and prepare God’s people for works of service (Ephesians 4:12). Ministry should be delegated to equipped and gifted workers along with appropriate authority to carry out their work. Biblical excellence in ministry will be achieved when every person is exercising his or her God-given spiritual gift to the best of his or her ability.
Partnering for excellence in global outreach
As a local church, we will continually explore and encourage ways to establish partnerships with churches and organizations for the purpose of furthering global outreach in accordance with Christ’s great commission (Matthew 28:18-20). We desire that each believer at Crossroads Bible Church have an active involvement in God’s world-wide plan whether it is praying, giving, serving, or going. Those who are sent by the church should be well trained for the task, and be well respected by those in the church. We place a priority on sending and supporting those who are trained and already serving within our church. The priority in sending is planting and strengthening indigenous local churches and their leaders (see Acts 13:1-14:28 for the Pauline cycle in missions.)