In the Bible, when Christians met for community, or what we call “church” today, it was simple, always centered around a meal and discussing the Bible and what it means to follow Christ. Cross Waves returns to the biblical model of using homes and enjoying a meal together while adding the technological twist of using the Internet to watch the pastor’s weekly Bible message. This growing network is redefining the church experience. More importantly, it is helping people become more like Christ together by studying the Bible, serving the local community, and sharing resources, to impact the world for Christ.
Cross Waves Church. No buildings, Just people.
To lead people to become more like Christ.
By studying the Bible, serving others, and sharing our faith… together.
Our Strategy (continued)
Our Strategy is to follow the three commands that Christ gave to the church. These three commands are found in what Christians call the Great Commandment (Mark 12:30-31; Matthew 22:36-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
The Great Commandment - And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. The second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these. Mark 12:30-31 NLT
The Great Commission - Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 NLT
The Great Commandment has two parts: love God, and love your neighbor as yourself. So we love God by having a relationship with Him and getting to know Him better by…studying the Bible weekly...together.
We love our neighbors as ourselves by…serving through community projects throughout the year...together.
The Great Commission says that all Christians must share their faith and help others follow Christ. So we design fun events throughout the year to…share relationships with people so we may introduce them to Christ...together.
Therefore, we sum up our strategy to become more like Christ by…studying the Bible, serving others, and sharing our faith...together.
You will notice one other word that keeps getting repeated, “Together.” God never intended for us to follow and serve Him in isolation. We are to follow Christ and become more like Him together in the company of others who are on the same path. Cross Waves Church is a place where we become more like Christ—together.
Because Cross Waves Church meets in homes instead of owning or renting church facilities, we are able to give away most of our contributions to ministry, not mortgages. These funds help others in need, support missionaries, and financially help send Cross Waves Church supporters on short-term mission trips. Our goal is that one day Cross Waves Church’s operating expenses will be 10% or less, so that the rest of our financial resources will be applied to ministry.
Cross Waves Church did not start out to create a new style of church. Cross Waves began with the objective of wanting to help people become better followers of Christ; and as a church, use resources more effectively.Tim Steele researched the traditional brick and mortar church, the house church, and the internet church, then combined the elements of each that best served the process of making disciples. Therefore, Cross Waves Church became a hybrid of the best of these three style of churches. Tim, along with his wife, Terri, then embarked on a journey with Kevin and Debby Norris (Kevin is the architect behind Cross Waves’ technology needs). The name, Cross Waves Church, originated from the idea of the message of the cross being sent over the airwaves. Cross Waves started with three HotSpots the week of September 2, 2012. Now Cross Waves Church has started a movement of organic and informal HotSpots across North America and into other countries. Cross Waves Church is also establishing HotSpots in other languages. Cross Waves Church is one global family of believers from across the street to around the globe who together, practice the commands of Christ.
Our Core Values
Everything we do at Cross Waves Church is based on three core values. Our design and structure of Cross Waves came from our understanding on how to implement these three values.
Discipleship happens best in the context of relationships. We study the Bible to learn and understand God and what it means to be obedient to Him. When Jesus taught the disciples, He did it in the context of relationships. He taught the twelve disciples as a group, and sometimes He trained Peter, James and John together. Therefore, our HotSpots mirror the small group setting that Jesus instituted to train His disciples.
Ministry happens best in the context of teams. When Jesus sent His followers to minister or serve people, He sent them out in teams of two or more. So when we go into our community to serve those less fortunate or share our faith, we do it together as a team.
Resources should go towards people and not places. Since we use homes as our meeting spaces, we use much of our financial contributions to fund our community service projects and to send people of Cross Waves Church on short-term mission trips around the world. Giving through Cross Waves emphasizes people.
The Cross Waves Difference
What makes Cross Waves Church different?
We meet in homes to emphasize relationships. Meeting in homes naturally keeps the HotSpots small. Have you ever wondered why Jesus kept the main disciples to twelve people?
Meeting in homes allows us to be more cost effective. The majority of the contributions to Cross Waves go to ministry, not to pay for mortgages or for building upkeep. Cross Waves Church gives a higher percentage of its offerings to missions and community service this way. Each HotSpot has money set aside from its contributions to use within their community as it chooses.
We make Church simple again. Each weekly service is centered around a meal and a Bible study, just like the New Testament church. After a short message each week, each HotSpot discusses questions together from that week’s message. No big productions, just a meal and the Bible (no more being asked to serve in the nursery).
We keep your weekends free. Most Cross Waves Church weekly HotSpot meet on a weeknight, so your weekends are free. (Check out our FAQ section about why meeting on Sunday is not necessary).
We have a simple plan to be more like Christ. Cross Waves Church meets weekly to study the Bible. Every year, each HotSpot participates in four to six community service projects and enjoys four to six fun events where the group interacts with people who do not attend church.
The Cross Waves Experience
The Bible teaches us that church is about relationships. A relationship with God and relationships with each other. That is why each HotSpot starts with the meal, which is a great time of conversation and community. The meal is followed by some great worship music, and then you experience a message from the Bible by Lead Pastor Tim Steele or another Cross Waves’ pastor. Then discussion questions concerning that week’s message are provided. This is an enjoyable and thought-provoking time where people come dressed casually and dialogue in a safe and comfortable environment about God and faith.