Encounter God, Embrace one another and Engage the world is our core vision at Crossroads. This year we want to continue heeding God’s call to His church to spread the gospel. We will do this by seeking new ways we can Partner with God to engage the world. To do this well, we want to get to the heart of Engage and Embrace by deepening and widening our Relationships, both with God and one another.
At the beginning of 2020, we challenged ourselves to rise up and be dissatisfied with status quo Christianity. Little did we know how our status quo would be shaken with the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns. The customary weekly church services changed radically as the pandemic worsened and we decided to discontinue meeting together in person until considered safe by the authorities to do so. Without the Sunday service—a place to come together to encourage and strengthen one another many in our community realised how easy it is to take that time of fellowship on a Sunday for granted. The lack of fellowship and contact brought feelings of loneliness and isolation. This was especially true for those whose relationships did not extend past the Sunday service, for those who were not in a LIFEgroup, or serving in a ministry.
OUR FOCUS for 2021
Part of our focus for this year is to ensure that no matter what lockdown restrictions are in place, our community will remain spiritually and socially connected through layered relationships:
Trios: We want to see each person in our community nurturing one or two Godly friendships that can encourage and sustain us through even the heaviest of lockdowns.
LIFEgroups: We encourage everyone in our community to join and participate in a LIFEgroup. Then as the restrictions ease, you meet together in a smaller community of believers to study the Bible.
Regional groups: As restrictions are further lifted, we would like to see LIFEgroups getting together regionally. To enjoy times of fellowship and fun.
Sunday service: And finally, we look forward to being able to meet again as a whole community for a traditional Sunday Service for praise and worship.
But in these layered relationships we want our community to not only think relationally—how can I deepen and nurture this friendship, but also missionally—how can we partner with God to engage the world around us.
Partnering with God
In the midst of this crisis, we need to seek the heart of God and discern how He would like to use us to achieve His purposes. Let this crisis clarify our calling.
God has generously given us a community centre and we want to partner with Him by using it to extend His kingdom. We want to go beyond being just an office and a meeting place for our Crossroads community, to where we are actively using the centre for the community of Amstelveen and beyond. We imagine doing this by hosting activities for people of all ages and life stages, from courses and clubs to classes and cafes.
We are also working on a fully equipped video studio so that various ministries can create digital content so we can continue to Embrace one another and Engage the world online.
We will continue to partner with God in reaching out beyond our borders. We are committed to our international missionaries and the work that God is doing through them.
Interested in learning more about Trios, click here.
Interested in learning more about our LIFEgroups, click here.
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.