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ABOUT CrossRidge

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

PURPOSE:

1. CrossRidge Church exists to nurture a love for God, love for others,

and make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

PRODUCT:

2. A disciple is a believer who is becoming more like Jesus (Matthew

5:3-12) as he/she walks with God, lives the Word, contributes to

God’s work, and impacts the world with Christ’s love.

PEOPLE:

3. Leaders of the church are to provide spiritual care and direction

for God's people. They must be committed to prayer and the Word,

giving encouragement and leading by example in their daily lives.

Leaders are to be chosen on the basis of character, competence

(gifts of leadership), care for the body, and commitment to our

church's disciple-making philosophy. (1 Peter 5:1-4; Hebrew

13:17; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9)

4.The Pastor's role is to cast vision, give direction, train leaders,

teach the Word, be committed to prayer, and be a godly example.

By concentrating on these commitments, he equips believers to

share in the work of the ministry. (Acts 6:1-7; 1 Timothy 4:12-16;

2 Timothy 2:2; 4:2; Ephesians 4:11-13)

5. Every believer is spiritually gifted and has a vital role in the

church! Practical help and encouragement should be given to each

growing disciple to develop his/her creative ministries empowered

by the Holy Spirit. Although every believer does not share equal

authority in terms of leadership, all servant gifts and leadership

gifts are equally important in the Body of Christ. (Romans 12:3-8;

Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26)

PROGRAMS:

6. Our Sunday worship is Christ-centered with a contemporary

atmosphere. The service should foster unity, as believers of all

ages gather together for motivation and biblical instruction. This

time should always be sensitive to those seeking a relationship

with God, though its primary purpose is to nurture believers.

(Psalm 47:6; 47:1; 95:6; 150:3-5; Romans 15:5-6; John 17:21)

7. Everyone is encouraged to be involved in small groups as they are

the primary means of making-disciples at CrossRidge. Small

groups foster friendships and accountability, which help people

develop the basic disciplines of the Christian life and a practical

arena to demonstrate the "one another" commands of the New

Testament. (Mark 3:13-19; Acts 2:42-47; 20:20)

8. Our desire is to be a loving church family that supports parents in

the discipling of their children, by training parents and providing

ministries where the plan of salvation is clearly presented and

God’s Word is faithfully taught with practical application. We strive

to maintain a healthy balance between outreach, growth, and

ministry opportunities for students. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Psalm

71:17; 78:4-6; 2 Timothy 3:14-15)

9. All ministries should intentionally contribute to the disciple-

making process, winning souls to Jesus Christ and bringing them

to maturity in him. (Colossians 1:28-29; Romans 12:1-2)

10. Without compromising our message, we are committed to change

our methods in order to reach more people in more relevant ways.

(1 Corinthians 9:19-23)

PRINCIPLES:

11. We do not exist for our own benefit. The ministries of CrossRidge

strive for an outreach-focused emphasis, rather than an inward-

focus. We worship a missional God who has sent Jesus to rescue

us. So now we are sent-ones who desire to reach as many as

possible with the good news of Jesus Christ. (Luke 5:27-31; John

17:18; Romans 10:1; 2 Corinthians 5:11-20)

12. Our disciple-making vision begins locally (in Holstein and

surrounding areas) and extends globally (to all people and nations).

(Matthew 9:35-38; Acts 1:8)

13. Jesus said, "I will build My church," and, "Apart from me you can

do nothing." We are absolutely dependent upon His power and

direction, for the task before us cannot be accomplished by man's

will or resources. His Word is our final authority and the Holy Spirit

is our divine Counselor. (Matthew 16:18; John 15:5; Psalm 127:1;

2 Timothy 3:16-17; John 14:26)

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