About Crossroads Church
Who We Are
We exist to make whole-hearted followers of Jesus Christ here in Montana and abroad. For only those who truly abide In Jesus Christ and His teaching are the ones who will make whole-hearted followers and glorify God with their lives.
Our vision is to glorify God in all that we do and say.
We accomplish our mission by abiding in Jesus Christ, and through Him produce fruit that glorifies the Father.
While carrying out our mission and manifesting our vision, here’s what’s most important to us:
- The Bible
- Passionate Prayer
- Robust Worship
- Intentional Fellowship
- Teaching and Reaching
- Strong Families
- Leadership Development
- Our Community
- Our World
- Our Future
The following are three common models we see in protestant churches today.
The Traditional Church
- Appeal to the world with church programs and door-to-door evangelism.
- Conclude sermons by inviting people to “walk the aisle” or “pray the pray the sinner’s prayer” to invite Jesus into your heart.
- This model is rooted in nineteenth-century revivalism.
The Seeker Church
- Build everything around the idea of appealing to the non-Christian. In other words, make the church “seeker sensitive.”
- Avoid “churchy” cultural barriers – anything that is overtly religious, like pews or crosses or stained glass or biblical language (jargon).
- Appeal to “felt needs.” Like a good motivational speaker, tell people that Jesus promises fulfillment, purpose and better relationships. God, after all, wants you to have “your best life now.”
The Missional Church
- Missions isn’t just one activity the church participates in; it defines the church’s essence.
- Incarnational ministry is key. Be incarnate in the culture by getting involved with the arts, schools and social service groups.
- Seek to transform the culture by being immersed in the culture (rather than being counter-cultural).
While each of these models can be helpful, they lead with a secondary question: “How can we reach the world with the Gospel?” A vital question, but it’s not the primary question. The primary question for the Church is, “How do we worship?”
Worship is primary because God is primary. He is the ultimate reality in the universe and, therefore, our first step must be Godward. This brings us to Crossroads model:
A Godward Church
- People come together in a room (worship center, auditorium, sanctuary).
- A Pastor opens the Bible, explains the meaning of a particular passage and applies it to our contemporary setting.
- The assembly sings, prays, gives, shares the bread and the cup and encourages one another in fellowship.
- The church is dismissed to live out their faith in their homes, jobs, and communities.
Some people may look at the above model and object that isn’t very market savvy. Perhaps, and yet what happens in this gathering, Lord willing, is in the power of the Holy Spirit. Consciences are pierced. Lives changed. And God is worshipped as the people grow in their hatred of sin and love to God and neighbor. By a miracle of grace ministry happens, God is glorified, and people are helped for eternity.
A Godward church is a worshipping church, and a worshipping church is a supernaturally attractive church. It’s distinct like salt and bright like light. The people even begin to mirror the beauty of God as they are transformed by the grace of God. This is the kind of church the world desperately needs. And this is the “model” we want to see grow up in Bozeman.*
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