Under the Hood: Crossroads Church

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Under the Hood: Crossroads Church

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Crossroads Church is an independent church which began as a church plant in 2000 moving into its current location in September 2000. Our mission is making disciples that represent the Gospel to every man, woman and child. Our values include:

GOSPEL-CENTERED: Grace requires us to grasp that we are deeply broken and yet deeply loved because of the finished work of Jesus on the cross.

KINGDOM COLLABORATION (“One Church”): We believe that the other Christians in our city are not our competitors, but rather, our companions. We will work with other believers, organizations, and churches to partner where needed for the sake of the gospel.

MISSIONAL LIVING (“each man, woman, and child”): We are called and honored to share the good news of Jesus with everyone in our circles of influence.

MULTIPLICATION MINDSET (“A life worth imitating”): Discipleship flows out of who we are, not simply what we say. We must model the life of Jesus to reproduce disciples, leaders, and churches that reflect the heart and mission of God.” From the beginning, Crossroads was planted to reach a city not simply to grow a “church.” We have lived with our hands open to offer help, resources and people to church planting efforts. With gospel saturation — giving every man, woman and child repeated opportunities to see, hear and respond to the gospel — at our center, we recognize that we not only need existing churches collaborating but we need more churches planted across our region. We hope to see churches collaborating all across our metropolitan area with church collectives gathering in seven circles of accountability around our city. It is our hope that each collective will consist of 10-20 churches. Focusing on priorities of transformation (making disciples), mobilization (disciples on mission), multiplication (church planting and leadership development) and collaboration (doing it together), we hope to see our region saturated with the Gospel. As a local expression of this movement, Crossroads hopes to directly plant five churches in circles across our city.

Featured Guest

Jeff Shipman

Teaching Pastor, Crossroads Church

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Featured Guest

Jeff Shipman

Jeff planted Crossroads Church in the fall of 2000. During that time, they've helped to plant close to 30 churches with a passion to saturate their geographies with grace and truth. Currently, he still serves as teaching pastor at Crossroads and also serves as the National Catalyst for the Christ Together network. CT exists to unify the Church to consistently demonstrate and communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ to every man, woman, and child in America. He is married to a brown-eyed Kentucky girl named Allison and they have 3 children: Cade, Grayson, and Hope.


bill couchenour

Bill has a fervent desire to see Gospel saturation locally, regionally, and throughout the US. He has served churches across the country for over 30 years. As Director of Learning Communities at Exponential, he provides strategic and operational oversight of Exponential’s R&D and expanding educational opportunities. He facilitates the Exponential Learning Communities that have included Future Travelers and Radical Multisite and, currently, Multipliers: Leading Beyond Addition. He also serves network and denominational leaders of church planting movements with the Exponential resources. Bill also serves as a Governing Elder and Board Member at the Underground Network, a network of micro-churches around the world that is based in Tampa, FL. He has also served in leadership for several other organizations including; Youth for Christ, Heartland Christian School, and BeTheChangeProject, and cofounded the Cornerstone Knowledge Network. Bill is married to Pam, and they have four adult children and three grandchildren. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Youngstown State University and an MBA from The University of Tampa.

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“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23

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