Our Vision

(Why we exist)

To Advance the Kingdom of God from house to house, city to city and nation to nation.

 Matt 24:14 - And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations.(NIV)

 Acts 28:30-31 - For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.(NIV)

Our Mission
(What we do)

Believe Big

Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. NIV

Belong Strong

1 Corinthians 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. NIV

Build a Legacy

2 Timothy 2:2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. NIV

Our Core View Statements:
Essential beliefs – dogma
  1. We believe that the Bible is God’s inspired and only authoritative Word. It is without error in all its teachings, including creation, history, its own origins, morality, and salvation. Christians must submit to its divine authority, both individually and corporately, in all matters of belief and conduct, which is demonstrated by true righteous living.

          II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21; Matthew 3:8

  1. We believe in one God, Creator and Lord of the Universe, the co-eternal Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Since all the human race is separated from God by disobedience called sin, God the Father sent his only begotten son, Jesus the Christ to live a sinless life, die a substitutionary death and resurrected from the dead and finally ascend into heaven.  Jesus is the only Savior that can remove the barrier of sin, and reconcile us into fellowship with God through faith.

          Ephesians 4:4-6; II Corinthians 5:21; Acts 4:12

  1. We believe the Holy Spirit causes us to be born again AND empowers us to become authentic witnesses of Jesus. Holy Spirit both matures our character and enables us to steward His gifting bestowed on us by his grace.  The ultimate purpose of the Holy Spirit’s presence is to reveal and demonstrate his love to a broken world through us.

          John 3:6-7; Acts 1:8; Romans 12:6a; I Corinthians 13:1-3

  1. We believe God has created human beings in His image, embodied either as male or as female.   This image distinction gives sanctity of life to all human beings from conception to natural death. We uphold the institution of marriage to be the exclusive union between one man and one woman. Sexual intimacy is only reserved for those in covenant marriage as define above.

         Genesis 1:27; Genesis 9:6; Genesis 2:23-24; Malachi 2:14

  1. We believe that prayer is a vital means by which we develop a personal relationship with God.  It must be practiced in faith with the understanding God hears the prayers of the righteous.  Prayer can be simplified as the channel of communication by which we call heaven to earth.

         I Timothy 2:1; Luke 11:1; James 5:16; Romans 10:13

  1. We believe that Jesus Christ will visibly and bodily return from heaven to raise the dead and bring salvation and judgment to completion. God will fully manifest His kingdom when He establishes a new heaven and new earth, in which He will be glorified forever, and exclude all evil, suffering, and death.

          Acts 1:11; II Timothy 4:1; Revelation 21:1 & 4

Our Core View Statements:
What we intend to practice - Doctrines
  1. We practice knowing God the Father through the example of his Son Jesus Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit. This means we search the Word of God, to find the will of God, to hear the voice of God. (John 17:25-26, Psalm 119:11, Matthew 12:50, John 10:14-16)

  2. We practice worship that breathes! Our goal in worship is to grow in our relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit which includes biblical expressions of worship. (John 4:23-24)

    Expressions in worship:
    Singing – Psalm 47:6; Psalm 105:2; Eph 5:19; Heb 2:12
    Shouting – Psalm 100:1; Isaiah 12:6; John 12:13: Rev 19:1
    Clapping – Psalm 47:1; Isaiah 55:12; II Kings 11:12
    Raising – Nehemiah 8:6; Psalm 141:2; I Tim 2:8
    Standing – I Chron. 23:30; II Chron. 20:9; Neh. 5:9; Luke 21:28
    Dancing – II Sam 16:6; Psalm 149:3; Jer. 31:4; Luke 10:21

  3. We practice believer’s baptism whereby a conscious choice is made to receive Christ and therefore enters water baptism as a public covenant with Christ. We participate in communion as a church body at least once a month. (Acts 2:38; I Corinthians 11:23-26)

  4. We practice that each member of God’s family is considered a minister, with spiritual gifts, a God-given motivation, to contribute to the building of God’s Kingdom. This is accomplished through the Holy Spirits empowering. (1 Peter 4:8‑11)

  5. We practice a commitment to small groups. This provides a setting for relationship building, spiritual gifts exercised, primary pastoral care, incorporating new people, discipleship making. (Philippians 2:1‑4)

  6. We practice that each believer lives out their values in the home and workplace. We expect our witness to be both lived and spoken to attract others towards following Jesus. (Matthew 5:13-16)

  7. We practice biblical government whereby the elders oversee equipping of the Body, and invite other five-fold (Ephesians 4:11) gifting to administer God’s grace. As leaders we empower others through servant leadership. (Ephesians 4:11‑13, 2 Corinthians 10:18)

  8. We practice mentoring and releasing the next generation to fulfill the call of God upon their life. We place emphasis on both biblical knowledge and Godly character. We also make available the opportunity for them to serve in age-appropriate settings with guidance. (Ephesians 6:1-4; I Timothy 4:12)

  9. We practice a biblical mindset of generosity in finances by the giving of first fruit, tithes, offerings, and extravagant gifts. Financial integrity is expected in personal, business, and kingdom enterprises. (Matthew 6:33, 2 Corinthians 8:7‑8, Romans 14:12)

  10. We practice joining with other like-minded churches, ministries, and organizations that are advancing the Kingdom of God locally, nationally, and internationally. We cooperate and share available resources to promote mission trips, church planting, and engaging unreached people groups. (Judges 20:11, Ezra 3:1, Deuteronomy 32:30)

Our Oversight

Crossroads Community Church is a partner church of D.O.V.E. International (DOVE) based out of Lititz, Pa. DOVE is a family of churches, currently in 21 countries and 6 continents around the world, who are committed to building the Kingdom of God through common values that link us together.

Spiritual Oversight from DOVE  is first and foremost about relationship! DOVE defines giving oversight to a congregation as "looking out for another’s best interests while providing spiritual protection in prayer and offering insights into the local leadership when invited.” Spiritual Oversight is not control of the local leadership or the vision, but rather coming alongside the local church and supporting what God has placed in the heart of the primary vision carrier.

Specifically, DOVE provides pastoral care to the senior leader and then to the eldership of the local church. They help to solve problems and walk through difficult situations as the church matures. They strive to protect the vision of the senior leader and support the purpose for why the church exists. They provide an “outside court of appeals” for people within the church when the local leadership is unable to resolve differences. 

When a church or ministry becomes a partner with DOVE this means accountability! The local leadership is asking spiritual overseers to speak into their lives from the foundation of relationship, shared values, and stated vision. While DOVE overseers concentrate most of their focus on the senior leader, they maintain a relationship with the local board of elders. They are also present within the congregation several times each year to provide encouragement and share stories of what God is doing in the DOVE family throughout the world. The overall goal of a DOVE overseer is to see the local church become a success in what the Lord has called them to accomplish!