Q: With what denomination is CrossView associated?
A: CrossView is a non-denominational Christian church. We're not a part of a denomination so we don't have an external organization determining and directing who our staff is, how we spend our money, or our vision and values. We are a part of a loose affiliation of about 6,000 churches in the US (about 1.5M people attend those churches each Sunday) that share a historical relationship and background in a movement to restore Christianity as it was practiced in the first century.
Q: What are the distinguishing characteristics of that movement?
A: The movement began in the early 19th century with two guiding principles: the Bible is the Word of God and therefore our only authority, and secondly the followers of Jesus should worship and work together rather than finding things that separate us. We think those two principles are absolutely relevant in the 21st century, and let us discover what the Bible says and work together!
Q: I saw CrossView has "Elders." What's an "Elder?"
A: "Elder" is the term the Bible uses to describe an older man who is one of the recognized leaders of a town or church. In the New Testament, the spiritual leaders of the church were known as "elders," along with the terms "shepherds" and "overseers." Two books in the Bible, 1 Timothy & Titus, list very specific qualifications about what the character of an elder looks like. The elders at CrossView determine the vision and values for the church, and make sure that the Bible remains our authority for what we do and how we do it.
Q: What does it mean to be "Elder-led"?
A: It means that the elders set the course for the church. The elders meet regularly (typically once or twice each month) to pray, plan, encourage, advise, and study together.
Q: Do you have to be a member at CrossView to take part in the activities that happen there?
A: Not at all. While we hope you'll find CrossView to be a place that becomes your home, we'd love to have you be a part of things as you figure that out.
Q: How do I become a member of CrossView?
A: Membership at CrossView is really secondary to being a member of the body of Christ (the Church); membership at CrossView doesn't mean anything if you're not first a follower of Jesus, allowing him daily to lead every aspect of your life. We'd love to talk more with you about what that means.
Q: I'm not sure I'm ready to commit to a church yet. Is there a way to learn more about CrossView than I find on the website?
A: Absolutely. We host a "Welcome to CrossView" luncheon 5-6 times each year for people who have started attending services. The lunch is free and gives you a chance to get to know the staff. The next step is take part in "CrossView 101," a four week class that digs a little deeper into our vision, our values, our history, and our ministries. It's the ideal place to learn and ask questions.
Q: Does CrossView have a bus or tranportation ministry that could pick me up and bring me to church?
A: We don't.
Q: Do you have Sunday or Wednesday night services?
A: We don't have Sunday night or Wednesday night services on a regular basis. We do have a number of life groups and study groups that meet at various times through the week, both at the church building and in people's homes. Check the Life Groups tab of the website for more information.
Q: Do you have a Saturday night service?
A: Not at this time.
Q: It seems like baptism is important at CrossView; why is that?
A: We do believe baptism is an important step in the process of becoming a follower of Jesus . . . not because some theologian says so, but because the New Testament is so clear on the issue.
Q: If I want to learn more about baptism, how do I do that?
A: The best place to start is to read through the book of Acts in the New Testament, and the apostle Paul's teaching in Romans 6. Talking with any of the staff or elders is another great option, and we regularly offer classes to answer questions and help people learn from the Bible what it means to be a follower of Jesus. One of the classes meets at 10:00 am on the third Sunday of each month, and a class geared especially for elementary-aged children and their parents is offered several times during the year.
Q: We've just had a baby and we want to do something spiritually for them; do you do anything like that?
A: We love to! Call the Church Office or the Director of Children's Ministry, and we'll set a time to help you commit and dedicate your baby to God. We love to celebrate the gift of new life and want to partner with you in helping that little one come to know and love Jesus. We typically do this at the end of a worship service, but we also share in private family times of dedication as well.
Q: I'm getting married; can I have my wedding at CrossView?
A: The first step is to call the Church Office and meet with one of our ministers. They'll talk with you about preparing for marriage and your wedding plans.
Q: Do you have a counselor on staff?
A: Not at this time, but we'd be happy to refer you to people in the area who can give great counsel from a Christian perspective.