CROSSROADS is United Methodist
We value authenticity so we can be free to pursue vulnerability and humility, so we have genuine relationships with one another and God. Authenticity involves truth telling and Biblical conflict resolution.
We acknowledge that life change occurs best in a small group of Christian disciples. Small groups are the church, not a program of the church.
We measure our success by the process (the way we do ministry) and not just the product (the ministry programs). Biblical process involves loving relationships.
We acknowledge our dependence upon others and the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish our goals.
We demonstrate compassion by modeling the servant nature of Jesus Christ. We participate in missions on a local, state, national and global level.
We are intentional in giving God our best. Excellence honors God and inspires people. We believe that excellence requires ongoing evaluation. Excellence is doing the best with what God has given us.
We experience joy produced by the Holy Spirit through studying God’s word individually, in small groups and in the larger community of faith.
Here at CROSSROADS, we accept people where they are and enable them to grow in their faith journey. We remove barriers in the church that keep people from a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ. We believe that fully devoted followers should expect to sacrifice on behalf of persons seeking a faith relationship.
We demonstrate the relevance of Jesus Christ where the intellectual and the emotional come together in a revelation about God. We continuously change our methodology to stay relevant.
We confess belief in a triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God with us. We believe that the Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God. We believe that the Holy Spirit awakens us to God’s will and empowers us to live obediently.
We share the Christian belief that God's redemptive love is realized in human life by the activity of the Holy Spirit, both in personal experience and in the community of believers.
We understand ourselves to be a part of Christ's universal Church when by adoration, proclamation, and service we become conformed to Christ.
We share with many Christian communities recognition of the authority of Scripture in matters of faith.
THE SACREMENTS OF THE CHURCH
Baptism is the sacrament of initiation that joins us with the Church and Christians everywhere. It’s a symbol of new life and a promise of God’s saving love. Both infants and adults can be baptized. When infants are baptized we encourage a process called confirmation where baptized youth can learn how to develop their faith relationship with Jesus Christ. United Methodists baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring. Infant dedications are also available.
We celebrate communion by intinction (bread dipped into a cup), by passing individual cups and bread, and by allowing persons to kneel at a communion rail.