There are twelve guiding values that create the cultural atmosphere, spirit and standards of Crossroads Church. These are the enduring values that are to be upheld, maintained and imparted to future generations.
We will express an attitude and spirit of compassion and mercy balanced with truth to
all individuals. We will be outward focused, with a desire to reach the lost and to heal
and restore the hurting.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
We will be committed to justice and right treatment of all individuals. We will not show
partiality to any individual or group, and will strive to remain above reproach in all
dealings with people.
13 “Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness, his upper rooms by injustice, making his subjects work for nothing, not paying them for their labor. 14 He says, ‘I will build myself a great palace with spacious upper rooms.’ So he makes large windows in it, panels it with cedar and decorates it in red. 15 “Does it make you a king to have more and more cedar? Did not your father have food and drink? He did what was right and just, so all went well with him. 16 He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?” declares the LORD.
In every area of ministry and administration we will be standard bearers for the glory of
God. Every individual and ministry will carry a spirit of excellence (not perfectionism),
embracing continuous effort to do better, and always striving for God’s best.
17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
We will be decisive and proactive based on God’s revealed direction and plans. Though we will guard against presumption, we will not be driven or hindered by fear based on circumstances of the unknown.
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him
must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
We will seek opportunities to generously share our resources and reproduce what God
has produced in us and given to us.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows
generously will also reap generously. 7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
The spirit of leadership will be the servant spirit. As a person ascends in the
organizational structure, their responsibilities increase while maintaining a spirit of
service and humility.
6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but
gives grace to the humble.”
We uphold all biblical standards for conduct and reputation for personal, family,
business, financial and community involvement for all individuals in the organization.
We will strive to remain above reproach in all areas, realizing that we represent Christ to the world as His ambassadors.
14 Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe 16 as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
We will be committed to advancing the work of the kingdom in the body of Christ at
large, by recognizing and supporting other churches and ministries with whom God
gives us opportunity to co-labor.
1 Corinthians 12:21-27
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the
feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be
weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
Administration will be the servant of ministry, not the master. Administration exists to
serve ministry so that it functions with effective and predictable results. Also, in every
area and level of ministry, a servant spirit will be modeled, mentored and upheld.
1 Corinthians 12:27-31
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But eagerly desire the greater gifts.
We embrace God’s ultimate position of authority (Jesus is the Head of the Church) and
God’s plan for local delegated authority. We will adhere to the principals of submission
to and honoring of authority at all levels of the organization and society. Within
Crossroads, we will operate within the integrity of our authority structure. We will allow
appeal with a right spirit within our established protocol.
Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority
except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
11. Truths and Spirit-Centered
We are committed to being fully grounded in scriptural truth and fully empowered by
the Holy Spirit. The Bible is our road map, and the Holy Spirit is our guide and
empowerment to reach God’s destiny for us as a church.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ ” 16 From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Relationships will always supersede issues in importance, except when essential
scriptural truths are at risk of being compromised. Unity will require us to focus on
vision and values. The efforts of every individual will be harnessed to the vision. A team
approach to ministry, problem solving, decision making and operating within the
integrity of our structure will be the norm. Disagreements and offenses regarding
scriptural truths will be dealt with in a timely and biblical manner.
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil
poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.