RISE UP TOGETHER
In 2020 we want to rise up together to be a community that seeks to encounter Jesus, embrace one another and engage the world. We believe that God is calling each of us out of the wilderness and into the Promised Land. He wants to fulfil His promises in and through our community.
Let 2020 be the year we rise up and dare to be dissatisfied with status quo Christianity. Let us take the chance to be His, on His terms and discover what Promised Land living looks and feels like. Together we will follow the path to get there.
We must let the pew reach the pavement, let the things we hear and see and believe on Sunday, be the things we hear and see and experience all week long. We can live so much larger than real life routinely allows. Let’s Rise Up and leave the wilderness behind and step into the land God has prepared for us. Together we can…and must rise up as God leads us out of the old and into the new.
OUR FOCUS for 2020
Sunday morning is the time we come together as a community to encounter Jesus. This year will bring changes in how we do our Sunday mornings. As we see growing numbers of people visiting our services, we are considering changing our service times to attract more people to the second service. We also need to find and move to another location by mid-year and our search teams are hard at work finding something suitable.
Embracing one another
We believe that what makes us Crossroads, is not our building but our relationships. Buildings are necessary and facilitate our vision but we are first and foremost a community. LIFEgroups are essential building blocks of that community and as Christians, we need to be surrounded by brothers and sisters who can do life with us on a more personal level. If you attend on Sundays but are not part of a small group, we encourage you to join one. This year we will be experimenting with different kinds of LIFEgroups and events so everybody can find a place to belong.
Engaging the world
We remain committed to local and global missions. Core to being a disciple of Jesus is outreach and discipleship. Globally, we support a school in Zimbabwe that is making a real impact on its community. We will go there this summer to help them. In May, we will be helping at refugee camps in Lesbos, Greece.
Locally, we help organise church services at a prison in Zaanstad. Alongside that we are setting up a support system for ex-offenders.
This year we are eager to complete the renovations of our Community Center so we can use it to reach out to the local community.
XRDS VISION & mission
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.