Life is cyclical. We are born, live in this world for a while, and then die. The only way life continues is via multiplication.
But it’s not just physical life that requires multiplication to exist, grow, and thrive. Spiritual multiplication is vital to see God’s name and good news spread throughout our region.
CrossWay Multiply is an accelerated effort to renew our region with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe the gospel is good news that transforms lives, breaks down barriers, speaks to our deepest needs, and gives us hope.
There are about 80,000 people in Kenosha alone that are unchurched, and therefore, likely do not have a relationship with God. These are people that are not far away, but in our neighborhoods, at our workplace, and in the places we frequent.
CrossWay Multiply seeks gospel renewal on three levels.
We want to see our region saturated with disciples that make new disciples, Gospel Communities that make new Gospel Communities, and Churches that multiply to many flourishing churches.
A disciple of Jesus follows Jesus and help others do the same. It’s not enough to grow personally as a disciple. Multiplying disciples look to make new disciples by investing in those inside and outside the community of faith.
We will seek to equip and deploy people for disciplemaking in their everyday life. This will require a commitment to honor God and be others-oriented. It will require a willingness to let go of comfort and invest in their community.
Gospel Communities are small groups of disciples that intentionally gather together to follow Jesus and help others do the same. Gospel communities are commissioned to weave people in that are disconnected, and to reach out to those who are outside the community of faith.
Multiplying Communities will seek to invest in weaving people into community that leads to the need to multiply. Gospel Communities will be equipped with encouragement, training, and counsel to grow and multiply well.
As a church we long to establish many flourishing churches in our region. We’ve intentionally desired not to spend lots of time and resources on building a new building.
Instead, we want to focus our efforts on establishing new or revitalizing current churches to be Bible-believing, Christ-centered, God-glorifying communities of faith. Our dream is that every neighborhood in our area would have a vibrant, healthy local church
We have one goal in mind for multiplying churches: establishing many flourishing churches. We don’t just want to start a lot of new churches. We want to see churches launched that are solid and poised for years to come.
There are numerous avenues we can pursue to establish a flourishing church. We will assess each situation and follow an avenue that best serves the people of that church and the community around them.
The various avenues are as follows:
In a traditional church plant, a team of leaders and members are sent out to begin a new, independent local church. Our two historic church plants, CrossWay Milwaukee and Christ the King, were traditional church plants.
In an incubating church is a gradual church plant, one that movers from dependence to independence over several years. The transitional nature of an incubating church allows the new church to have a laser focus on mission critical areas while being supported by the sending church in other areas, like administration.
A Pioneering Effort is a gospel work in places that are particularly challenging and require unique approaches to establishing flourishing churches. While the end goal is to see a healthy church, the timeline, steps, and strategy to begin a church will likely be significantly different than other avenues. Our first pioneering work is to the Wilson Neighborhood in Kenosha.
Church revitalization looks to help an existing church find a new vision, focus, and passion for the gospel. Church revitalization requires collaboration between the existing church and CrossWay. Our desire would be to firmly establish the church on God’s word, the good news of Jesus Christ, and equip people for mission.
We know the people in our region will never fully be reached by CrossWay. So we always want to pay attention to like-minded churches that are being planted in our area, and find ways to support them in whatever way we can.
Churches we are currently support: Eastside Church in Madison, Redemption Church in Wauwatosa.
To see our region saturated with multiplying disciples, communities, and churches requires nothing less than God moving and all of us eagerly following his lead. It will require all of us to rearrange our lives and priorities to be engaged in the local, everyday ministry God has called us to in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools.
But even our great, bold efforts for God’s sake will be empty without him going before us, opening doors, softening people’s hearts, and breaking down barriers. So, we must pray. We will pray for God to establish flourishing churches. We will pray that God expands our community. We will pray that God uses our lives for his great work.
Then we will consider. We must all consider what God may have in store for us. What spiritual risks may God be asking me to take? What opportunities are coming up that I may want to consider? What gifts and skills has God given me that can be leveraged to honor God and bless others? Read more about the various avenues we’re considering for multiplying churches below.
Over the next several months and years, there will be various opportunities to be a part of. Begin preparing for what God may do by humbly asking Him to lead you.
Though we’re in the early stages of CrossWay Multiply, there are already things that are in the works that we are eager for God to provide for and establish.
Justin Denney is in the early stages of a Pioneering Work to the Wilson Neighborhood. Ideally, a small group of people from CrossWay would move into the Wilson neighborhood and begin building friendships with locals. Over time, the hope would be to plant a church made up of both people from CrossWay and the community.
To find out more, reach out to Justin
In December 2018, the congregation affirmed an Elder recommendation to bring Brett Wendle on the team for a church planting residency. The residency will likely begin summer 2019 with the aim to see Brett begin an incubating church sometime in 2022.
To find out more, reach out to Josh Mathews
We have the privilege of supporting two new churches in our area.
Eastside Church is a collective of neighborhood churches being planted in Madison by Ben Hacker and Mike McKittrick. Both Ben and Mike were members of CrossWay and were a part of the CrossWay Pastoral Training Course.
Redemption Church is a church plant sent from Grace Church in Racine. David and Anna Scherer from CrossWay are part of the core team. Redemption has planted itself in the heart of Wauwatosa, where there are a few gospel-centered churches.