Cross Waves Church was designed not around the typical church building question, “What does a good church look like?” but on the question, “What does a good Christian look like?”
Our search of the Bible led us to the following characteristic of a good Christian: he/she has a passion to become more like Christ. A good Christian follows this passion by:
- Studying the Scriptures to understand God and what it means to be obedient to Him.
- Serving others as Christ demonstrated and taught.
- Sharing their faith with others.
Once a good Christian was defined, then Cross Waves Church was designed around the concept to help people become more like Christ by implementing the following core values:
- Discipleship happens best in the context of relationships.
- Ministry happens best in the context of teams.
- Resources should go towards people and not places.
These core values led us to design Cross Waves Church as a network of small groups of people (we call them Together Groups) that meet in homes throughout North America.
We believe that spiritual training happens best within the context of relationships. 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. When Jesus sent His followers to minister, He sent them out in teams of two or more. Therefore, our Together Groups mirror the small group setting that Jesus instituted to train His disciples.
Our Together Groups meet weekly in homes where someone has volunteered to be the host. The format of a Together Group is to have a meal, a time of sharing, singing, and a Bible lesson from our pastor via the Internet. Then as a group, we discuss what that passage of Scripture means to us personally. Worshipping in a Together Group emphasizes relationships.
Each Together Group emphasizes service to others within their neighborhoods. Each Together Group chooses service projects that help bring the reality of the gospel of grace closer to the lives of those around them. Serving in a Together Group emphasizes teams.
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 in a Together Group emphasizes people.
We hope that you check out Cross Waves Church.
If you like what you have read here, go to Next Steps to learn how to become involved with Cross Waves Church, to become more like Christ, by studying the Bible, serving others, and sharing your faith.