If you’re like most of the people who partner with Cross Waves, you want to be a disciple-maker. You’re committed to following Christ and His command to make disciples—and seeing results. But you realize there is more to being a disciple-maker than inviting people to church, you need to be more intentional in helping others discover Christ. You want to thrive in:
• Your personal relationship with Christ
• Developing relationships with people that do not know Christ
• Modeling for others on how to study the Bible, serve others and share their faith
• How to use your time and financial resources better in making disciples
You only have so many years on this earth and you want to make your life count for Christ. And that really matters. Becoming more like Christ is your heart’s desire. People want to follow you when they see how intentional you are in your commitment to Christ.
But there’s something in the way, isn’t there?
You want to be a disciple-maker, but it feels like there’s no time for it. We love the traditional church, but all the church programs and the business side of church seem to crowd out opportunities to mentor others in the faith.
In addition, the best you seem to accomplish from time to time is to invite others to visit your church, so you feel that you’re sending people to your pastor with the hope that he can find time to disciple them. However, you know that the Bible says that you are to make disciples, not hand them off to someone else.
The sense that you’re shortchanging your disciple-making priority is a difficult guilt to carry. No matter how much you juggle your family, your work, your personal interests, and your church, you still feel that true disciple-making activitie— get dropped. Sound familiar?
We know what it feels like to be in over your head with all that life throws at you—while realizing you do not have the time to really make disciples. A common theme among us at Cross Waves is that we all struggled to balance disciple-making with all of our other responsibilities. We began to count a successful week as one when we made it to church on time.
The turnaround for us came when we realized the answer isn’t simply to force disciple-making in on our already insane over-crowded calendars. We found a better way when we understood that God gave us a better plan in making disciples that allows us to better use our finances and time to serve Christ. We discovered that using our homes and ministering within a small group atmosphere helped us reshape our disciple-making goals and priorities. Since then, our lives have never been the same.
It’s not a magic trick, and we’re certainly not superheroes. We’ve simply gone back to the New Testament approach of church gatherings and disciple-making. Let’s us show you how our approach to discipleship is biblical, simpler, and so much more effective.
Can we help you do the same?
Together with the other followers of Christ at Cross Waves Church, we help overwhelmed people with a passion to make disciples find time to lead others in following Christ. Our mission is to give you the clarity, courage, and tools you need to become intentional in following what Jesus taught. We will show you how you can change your focus from inviting people to come to church to inviting people to become a follower of Christ.
Through our course on “Become A Disciple-Maker” —we’re going back to a First Century approach to discipleship. We will teach you how to turn your home into a ministry center. We will show you that when you remove the physical presence of the pastor, you become the disciple-maker. Every day, we see Christians seeing how the New Testament approach frees up time and gives them a model on how to pour their faith in Christ into others. We hope you’ll join us by signing up for our free training and see how you can become more effective in making disciples.
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What People Are Saying...
Hear from a few of our Cross Waves Members.
Marie - "We break bread together, laugh. cry, grieve, support, and love one another. Isn't that what God intended His church to be like?"
Bryan - "I like meeting in a home. Cross Waves is so different and it works. People come to church who would never go to church on Sunday morning."
Terri -"One of the joys I experience as a Cross Waves Church Host is the opportunity to open my home and hospitality to others."
Why not go directly to the franchises instead of going through a coach?
We use our industry experience to give you all the information you need while you are buying a business. We know which franchises are the least risky, most reliable, and most profitable in the business. If you are outside this industry, this kind of knowledge could take several months to gather. Because our service is free, we are here to help save your money, your time and your sanity during a huge and potentially complex decision about your future.
What will it cost me to use a coach for my franchise purchase?
You don’t pay for the services that a franchise coach offers. You will pay the same published price for any franchise, just as if you had gone directly to the franchisor. The franchisor absorbs our marketing costs.
Why would a franchisor want to pay a franchise coach?
Having a coach start the process saves the franchisor time and money. We bring the franchisor interested and qualified potential. The franchisors respect the processes we follow and recognize the quality and fit of clients we refer to them after our consultations are complete. A franchise broker is uniquely able to provide a win-win scenario for the investor and the franchisor.
What are the benefits of buying a franchise?
Owning your own business puts you in control of your own future. However, it’s also difficult to do by yourself. When you buy a franchise, the franchisor offers support, experience, and knowledge of all aspects of their business. They have been there. They know what challenges will arise and the best way to overcome them. They will train you prior to your opening, give you ongoing advertising and marketing support, and provide many tools that build your business.
Most importantly, they reduce your risk because the system has already been proven to work. You will have a built-in system of best practices and ideas from other franchisees in the system. Anything that comes up you will find others to help you create solutions.
What if I don’t have enough capital to buy the franchise?
That’s why you came to us. We explore options for you right off the bat. Funding your purchase of a franchise is discussed frankly and up front. It is a consideration for nearly everyone. We have the resources and the experts available for you on our team. We help you get it done. One excellent resource for financing options is often the franchisor. They have solved this problem in the past for themselves and for other franchisees. The will have a good idea of what works for their type of business and will likely have options that make sense.
How long will it take to get my business started?
It varies. We have designed a very efficient and streamlined process for you. If you are motivated, we can complete our initial franchise consultation process in a few days. Once you have purchased your business, it can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months to get your new business going.
Do I need to know the industry to buy the franchise?
No, in fact, many companies prefer that you have no experience in the industry prior to owning their franchise. This works well for the franchise to be able to train a franchisee from scratch. Franchisors want people that can hire, train and motivate employees, close sales, manage efficient operations, market and build their franchise. Franchisors want you managing, rather than doing the hard labor yourself!
What makes Cross Waves Church different?
We meet in homes to emphasize relationships. Meeting in homes naturally keeps the Home Groups small. Have you ever wondered why Jesus kept His main followers to only twelve people?
Meeting in homes allows Cross Waves 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 Home Group (we call them HotSpots), has money set aside from its contributions to use within their community as it chooses.
We make church simple again. Each weekly get-together is centered on a meal and a Bible study, just like the New Testament church. After a short Bible message each week, each HotSpot discusses questions together from that week’s message. No big productions; just a meal and the Bible.
Cross Waves keeps your weekends free. Most Cross Waves Church weekly HotSpots meet on a weeknight, so your weekends are free to do whatever you would like.
Cross Waves Church follows a simple plan to be more like Christ. Cross Waves Church meets weekly to study the Bible. Every year, each Home Group participates in four to six community service projects and enjoys four to six fun events where the group interacts with people who do not Christian Community Family.
What are the core values of Cross Waves Church?
God loves us just as we are, yet He wants to transform us to become more like His Son, Jesus Christ. This begins the journey that all followers of Christ must take to become like Christ. At Cross Waves, we call this our "faith journey." Cross Waves Church is designed around three segments of your faith journey to become more like Christ. Here are the three segments which we call S3 system:
• Discipleship happens best through relationships. We Study the Bible to learn and understand what God desires for us.
• Ministry happens best through teams. We Serve Others to mirror the behavior of Christ as He walked among humanity.
• Resources should go towards people and not places. We Share our financial resources to send teams to reach others with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Our financial resources are set aside to minister, not pay for mortgages.
How is Cross Waves Church different from a Traditional Church?
We have the same mission as other Christians that serve the Lord in a traditional church setting, which is to become more like Christ through obedience to God. We practice the same things as a traditional church:
• We sing
• We pray
• We explain the Scriptures
• We practice baptism and communion
Yet our difference lies primarily in the following areas:
• Our atmosphere is informal and provides an opportunity for more interaction between participants. People learn more when training is interactive.
• Our weekly format is more of a dialogue and not a monologue. Everyone is welcome to participate.
• Without a building to maintain, more funds can go to people in need and serving opportunities.
• The small group setting resembles the way Christ taught His disciples
• Using homes is how the early church flourished even while under persecution.
How is Cross Waves Church different from a House Church?
It is easy to confuse Cross Waves as another House Church. We are very similar in style. Yet, there are some major differences:
• We put an emphasis on doctrine. Without a central training process, there is a higher possibility of heresy. This happened in the early church and currently is happening in China among house churches. Our Bible teachers have earned graduate level degrees in biblical history, languages, and culture.
• We put an emphasis on accountability and biblical ecclesiology. We follow Scripture in the use of Elders and Deacons. Accountability of the leadership team is part of our culture.
We put an emphasis on networking. HotSpots work together to serve their communities, go on short-term mission trips, and share their faith. We can do more as a network of HotSpots than when house churches served in isolation.
How is Cross Waves Church different from an Internet Church?
We love the flexibility that an internet church provides. We understand that God is not concerned about when we worship or where we worship. The Bible says in Acts 17:24, “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man.” (ESV)
Like the internet church, most of the people that follow Christ through Cross Waves Church do not meet on Sunday mornings, but worship together one evening during the week.
Yet, Cross Waves Church is unlike the internet church because of our emphasis on relationships. Jesus Christ taught His disciples through small groups. We strive to copy the format that Jesus Christ used with His disciples. The disciples ministered and traveled together sharing their faith. None of their ministries were done alone.
The passages in the Bible that illustrate that Christians are the body of Christ make no sense if we are not ministering together in teams. It should not be the practice for the Christian to follow Christ in isolation. Whenever the apostle Paul won a few converts to Christ, he immediately organized them into a small group, which today we would call a church. It is clear God expects us to be part of a community called the local church because He tells us what to do in church, how to behave in church, and even how to choose our leaders in the church.