As you may know, Crossroads Church starting meeting in September of this year, although the dreams for this church have been developing over a number of years.
So if you have been wondering what Crossroads is up to and where we are in the church-planting process, hopefully the following will help you a bit.
First of all, in the Anglican Diocese in New England, Church planting moves in this direction:
1) Mission Station (10-25 individuals) gives rise to a
2) Mission (25-50 people) which gives rise to a
3) Church (50-100 people) which then gives rise to a
4) Parish (a church that supports 1 or more mission stations)
At this point in time, Crossroads is a Mission Station.
Secondly, a general process of church planting involves the following 4 steps:
1) Scouting the Land/Removing the Rocks (Understanding Salem; Forming our Team and Missional Community; Developing our Vision, Values, and Mission; Developing our Systems for Administration, Communications, and Pastoral Care)
2) Cultivating (Refining our Vision; Developing Our Team and Releasing them into Leadership; Inviting Others into the Core Community; Refining our Systems; Meeting weekly for worship, fellowship, outreach, and discipleship)
3) Planting (Starting a Sunday Worship Service open to the people of Salem and beyond, Continued focus on discipleship of all in the community and outreach to the community of Salem)
4) Harvesting/Growing (Growing the Church, Raising up more leaders, Releasing people to use their gifts for the building up the Church, Continued focus on discipleship of all, Starting up a number of Missional Communities in Salem, Developing a Coffee House and several Ministry Houses)
At this point, Crossroads is in into the cultivation stage (still probably mingled in with a bit of the scouting stage).
For the Fall, a small number of us have met regularly in a Salem home for teaching time and meals on Sunday evenings, with an occasional worship time together. In the Winter/Spring, we will be moving to a two night of the week schedule: Midweek, our community will meet to hear teachings on what it means to be a missional community in Salem, MA. On Sunday evenings, we will gather for regular worship together and dinner, still in the home of two of our core members. There is much more to say about this, but hopefully this will give you a small idea of what the process for church-planting is, and where we are at in the process. We will be writing more in the future to give you more specifics of what we are doing.
Hope this helps, and we would appreciate your prayers!