A note from Pastor Pete about what to expect when you come…
Thanks for taking the time to give CrossWalk a look. Finding a good “church fit” is a pretty big deal for your spiritual journey. There is a reason why so many churches exist in our community – we are all different from each other in style, feel, etc., even if we basically all teach the same broad-stroked principles and truths. While this may be frustrating when you’re looking for a place to go deeper in your walk with God, it really is a good thing: you have a lot of options!
Before I tell you a little bit about our approach, I invite you to try us on for size. You may discover enough on this site to determine whether or not we’re worth trying, but nothing can replace an actual visit. You really cannot know our ethos without being in it. So, please consider yourself invited!
CrossWalk is an incredible community of diverse people: young and old, well-off and homeless, conservative and progressive, democrat and republican and everything else, multiple skin tones, gay and straight, single and married, atheists, agnostics and confident believers. I love this aspect of our church. All are welcome.
My approach to teaching is to take you on the journey with me. I am a very curious person, and I love to dig into the history of whatever I teach, which can be very unsettling at times. I earned my doctorate because I wanted to know more, to go deeper in my understanding of the Bible, theology, and how people think. The feedback we get a lot is that they hear a new perspective they hadn’t yet been exposed to. Stretching and growth happens. All on purpose: to help us grow closer to God and live meaningful lives that make a difference in the world. So, bring your brain when you visit!
But worship isn’t just a mental trip. Mystery is to be expected. So we hold these two things in tension: wanting to understand as much as we can, yet realizing that God is bigger than we can fathom, and moves in our midst, which is itself mysterious. Holding this tension is a good place to be, I think. Keeps us humble, which is so critical for walking with God and others.
If you like music that moves you, give us a try at 10:00 this Sunday. Our band and vocals are really good. Don’t be surprised if you hear a classic Eagle’s song mixed in with the latest worship songs you might hear on the radio, or, if I get my way, a lot of U2 tunes…
So, if you are looking for a place to learn how to walk with God, or are looking for a place to serve that will make a lasting difference here and abroad, or are looking for friends who are pursuing the same goals, or all of the above, then at least give us a shot. The coffee is good. So are the pastries. What do you have to lose?
See you soon – Pete
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