FOCUS 2019: “ENGAGE THE WORLD”
The real power of the gospel is released as ordinary, Spirit-filled people multiply the gospel wherever they go, into every part of their communities.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important message in the world. It tells us about a God who loved us so much that he took our sin upon himself so that we could have eternal life with him. Getting that message to others is a matter of life and death. This is no time for small dreams – It’s time to dream great things for God, and then attempt great things for God. The good news is that Jesus promised that his Spirit is willing and able to lead us in this.
We have chosen to start a process to be more intentional about seeking God’s face for how we as a church can bring the love of Jesus to the world around us.
In 2017 we launched a vision of the kind of community we would like to become. A community that longs to encounter Jesus in a way which helps us understand our purpose, our meaning and the path that God has for each and every one of us.
It is a journey to a more satisfying and fruitful life. One in which we encounter Jesus in ways that help us understand community. We also want to be a church which understands that we are called on this journey into a living faith which has a genuine impact on our lives. A life lived for the sake of others, with the courage to engage the world around us. With this in mind, we will focus on the following:
Cross Over, Zimbabwe
For the past 7 years Crossroads have been developing a relationship with Cross Over, a school, located in Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe, that serves children that have dropped out of the regular school system.
- Zimbabwe has a population of 16,5 million people
- It has one of the highest inflation and unemployment rates in the world. In 2008 the inflation rate increased by 231 000 000%.
- More than half the population lives on less than $1 per day.
- 1,3 million children have lost a parent, most have been orphaned by AIDS.
- 15% of Zimbabwean children do not attend school.
Cross Over aims to help vulnerable children in Zimbabwe to live and work towards a hopeful future by providing a holistic, quality education within a strong nurturing environment.
For more details about Cross Over and how we as Crossroads will help to make a difference:CLICK HERE
Host a Missionary – Communitas Conference (15-17 March 2019)
The Communitas Conference is a conference for missionaries from around the globe to help them grow and encourage them in the work they are doing for Christ. To make it possible for them to attend the conference we would like to ask you to open up your home and host a missionary for a weekend and in this way make a difference their lives and the people they serve.
Communitas is the church planting organization that started Crossroads over 30 years ago. Over the past 40 years, Communitas has expanded into 25 countries spanning 3 continents.
For more information about Communitas:Click here
We have a prison ministry team, and are looking for people to help:
- Translators/musicians/speakers at International English church services at the prison.
- Alpha course group leaders/bakers/musicians.
- Volunteers for Dad-Kid days.
- Clothing collections for men.
- There are also opportunities for women to get involved at the Nieuwersluis Women’s prison
- Disciple and journey with ex-offenders
- Provide assistance with accommodation and job searching.
All volunteers will receive training to minister to prisoners and ex-offenders.
Serve the City
Serve the City is present in three nearby locations: Amsterdam, Diemen and Haarlem. Several times a year, one-time serving events are organised to connect you with people who need your help. As part of a motivated project team you might be baking pancakes for the homeless, taking the elderly on a wheelchair walk or painting walls.
Several times a year we will have food collections at church where people can bring non-perishable foods to church for distribution by the Food Bank to families in need in our community.
Community Centre – Engaging Expats
Our new community centre will be geared to engage the local expat community and there will be various opportunities to serve at the centre. People visiting Crossroads are on a journey from across the globe and by impacting their lives we are able to reach far and wide, right from our doorstep.
As we read Scripture it becomes clear that God has a deep and unending love for us; to see the broken restored, the sick healed, the purposeless finding purpose, the marginalized finding meaning. It begins with an encounter with Jesus. And our vision is that XRDS will be a place, where, no matter who you are or where you’ve been in life, you can come and experience this life transforming encounter.
Just like a potter taking a piece of clay, applying pressure to it and skillfully transforming it into something beautiful, this encounter can be painful at times. But the end result is always life. So part of our vision is to create an environment here at XRDS, that will make this process of change possible for every person.
And that’s why we want to put a lot of time and energy into the Sunday morning experience as a key moment in encountering Jesus, and in realizing the change process in your life. It is in the presence of God that you find healing and transformation.
We want the Sunday morning to be a space where everyone feels welcome to explore and develop their faith in Jesus.
Embrace one another
Part of our vision is to see XRDS developing a culture of community. A community where people feel they belong. A community that places high value on learning how to embrace one another. A community that understands that you can’t get closer to God without getting closer to God’s children. A community that understands that I am, because you are. We want XRDS to be a place where people not only meet Jesus, but also value meeting one another.
At the very essence of being community is understanding that community is an attitude of the heart – a heart ready to give, a heart that believes I exist not for myself, but for the sake of others.
That is why being community is not always easy. When one struggles, we all struggle; when one is in pain, we’re all in pain and that makes community difficult. But it is one of the greatest gifts that God has given us. Community is a gift, a gift we want to embrace and celebrate here at XRDS.
That is why we put such a value on LIFEgroups and we would like to see every group in XRDS function as a LIFEgroup. So that as a community we are working and growing towards our shared goals and stimulate conversation around our shared vision.
We have identified key areas that need growth and development in XRDS. We need to better care for one another. We need to get better connected with one another. We need to better communicate with one another.
Engage the world
We want XRDS to be a church that takes seriously its responsibility of being the presence of Christ in a world that is broken, lost and hurting.
In Scripture we read of lives transformed as they encountered Jesus, we read of them re-discovering that they are not alone, but part of a family and then we see them sent into the world. XRDS must be a church that helps its members to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20).
God, the master potter, shapes us and moulds us so that our lives, which are uniquely shaped and gifted, might be an offering of life, hope, and light to a hurting world. We are constantly developing new ways of equipping one another for service.
Our missions committee is also exploring new opportunities for short term mission events, locally and around the world. Our vision is that we remind one another that together we can make a difference in this world.