“Crossroads: Where Faith and Life Intersect” is a ministry of Second Presbyterian Church, with a half-time Director and an Advisory Team (board). Like all ministries and entities of the church, Crossroads is ultimately under the direction of the session.
Crossroads is the result of a visioning process that took several years with input from a number of church leaders who believe that in today’s church there is a great need for Christian education that isn’t primarily about information but more about transformation. It is our belief that many of us need help with being equipped and trained to live out the Christian faith in our daily lives instead of simply learning about it.
What is Crossroads about?
Here’s the Vision Statement: Crossroads is the practical application of our faith to our daily lives as we encounter the challenges and opportunities in the world outside the “bubble” of Sunday morning and as we fulfill our responsibilities as Christians to share our faith genuinely and invitationally. Or, to put it in the words of the Mission Statement: Crossroads is an ecumenical ministry that helps each of us to grow as followers of Jesus Christ, equipping us to serve him faithfully in our daily lives.
Through lecture series, courses, worship services, support groups, and community outreach and mission trips Crossroads provides growth opportunities to the Second Presbyterian community as well as the wider community. The programming falls into four areas: spiritual development, confronting life’s challenges, making a difference in the world, and sharing our faith. For example, Crossroads has already offered a course in the basics of prayer, an evening film series on justice issues, a collaborative series with Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center on the line between helping and enabling those in recovery from addiction, and opportunities to support a ministry to women transitioning back into the community following incarceration.
We excited about the future of Crossroads as it continues to evolve and gain clarity. It is the hope of the church that it will grow in its impact upon the spiritual development of this congregation and the wider community.