Mission & Values

Mission

Cross Community exists to advance equity and racial reconciliation in Montgomery County, Maryland through education, advocacy, meeting food insecurity needs, cultivating the practice of hospitality, and by helping the faith community to be more effective in this work.

Vision

We are committed to take God’s word and the gospel of Jesus Christ seriously, yet without taking ourselves too seriously, where laughter exists alongside of love. We envision a church that passionately pursues relationship with God and humbly pursues relationship with others. Through grace centered and saturated ministry, we will endeavor to equip the saints for ministry through small groups, focused prayer, food and fellowship, relational mentoring and discipleship, service to the community, and vibrant Sunday worship.

 

We envision a church that is:

Multicultural and Multigenerational

We see a cross-cultural community of diversity, of all kinds. We envision ethnic and cultural diversity as representative of the gospel and appropriate to our local context, but also diversity of age, background, and opinions, all seeking to understand and appreciate one another in love and unified in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Multiplicational and Multifunctional

We want to make disciples who make disciples, multiplying the impact of the gospel by demonstrating the heart of Jesus through radical hospitality and servant leadership. We envision being a community that extends well beyond Sunday, and through a strategically located space will gather people together and be the “living room” of the community.

We anticipate many obstacles and trials in our journey as we seek to incarnate this vision. This too is part of our vision in this life, until the Lord takes us to the ultimate vision in his eternal presence. Soli Deo Gloria!

Values

Grace – is the only way we enter into a right relationship with God, the source of power to follow Christ faithfully, and the right way to do Christian ministry. Grace compels us and informs us how we ought to think and live; it heals our brokenness and humbles our self-righteousness. It causes us to be kind and true.

Dependence – is accepting the truth that we live and move and have our being in God, who is a loving Father to us, his children. Through prayer and abiding in the Father’s love, we strengthen our relationship with God, we connect to spiritual power, and we glorify God in our weakness.

Dignity – is our starting conviction about every person that exists and all who enter our lives. Every human being has inherent dignity and equality before God and is worthy of respect and value on account of bearing God’s image.

Diversity – is inherent in the Godhead as well as in the gospel. Just as the three Persons of the Trinity live and love in harmony, so also the gospel unites people from all nations, ethnicities, and backgrounds. Uniformity is less complicated, but it is more bland; diversity demands listening and seeking mutual understanding, which like a diamond, brings beauty to complexity.

Hospitality – is the divine welcome that God demonstrates to us in the gospel and it is what we want to characterize our lives. It welcomes the lonely, the strangers, the lost into our hearts and into our lives. It recognizes that all that we have is from the Lord and it our privilege to share God’s love as well as our time, talents, and resources with others, thereby paving the way for genuine fellowship with one another and a faithful witness to our neighbors.