CrossWay began in January of 1998 as a church plant by the Village Church of Gurnee with a vision to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people in southeast Wisconsin and northeast Illinois. You can read more about our history by clicking here.
Our mission is to 'Bring glory to God through the transformation of lives by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ'. We believe that the center of the Christian faith is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is the good news of what Jesus has done on behalf of sinful people, so that we can know God. We believe that we can achieve our mission only be keeping Christ central in our life as a people and a church. This is why at CrossWay, we are very intentional that everything we do as a church would point people to Christ.
At CrossWay, we believe that the most important thing for you to know about a church is what it believes about God. Our Statement of Faith explains what we believe the Bible teaches. This Statement of Faith captures what we believe as a church, what we will teach as a church, and what we will pursue as a church. If you want to pursue membership at CrossWay, we ask that you agree with our Statement of Faith. If you have any questions about our Statement of Faith, please call our church office.
When you believe something deeply, it will affect the way that you live. The same is true for a church. What a church believes should be evident in its values and practices. CrossWay's defining values are values that we are seeking to intentionally build into our life as a church. If you were to talk with a long-term CrossWay member, we would hope they would describe CrossWay in these terms.
CrossWay is led by a plurality of elders. Governmentally, we are an elder led church with congregational affirmation. What does that mean? It means that as an elder led church, the elders provide the primary leadership and direction of the church. When the elders have a major decision to make, we seek God’s direction together and then we seek the congregations affirmation for the way we sense God leading us. Some of the elders serve on the elder team vocationally – it’s their full-time vocation - and others do it as lay elders and they have another primary vocation or job. As a team we function as a plurality of elders which means we all share equal authority and responsibility for shepherding the church.
There are three major components of our Life Together at CrossWay
CrossWay is also actively engaged in many different ways in the Outward Mission of telling the world about the gospel of Jesus Christ.