We get a lot of questions. Here are just a few.
FAQ: What denomination is this?
Crossroads is interdenominational. Our beliefs are shared by many different denominations and we welcome everyone. Plus, we were looking for a category with a lot of syllables, and we think we picked a pretty good one with eight, but the winner is probably “The Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States of America.” (Insert slow clap.)
FAQ: Is this place a cult?
Great question. After all, it’s full of people singing songs and drinking the same beloved liquid (in this case, great coffee). Plus, numerous guitars and people dressed comfortably. But seriously. No. Cults tell you what to believe, take away your freedoms and forbid you to leave. Here, you’re welcome no matter what you believe, and we want you to experience freedom (including the freedom to leave whenever you want). If that still isn’t enough for you, then the answer is “Fine, we’re a cult.” But we’re rubber and you’re glue.
FAQ: I absolutely do not believe in God. Am I still welcome?
Yes, you absolutely are welcome. We do expect that you’ll be open to exploring your questions about God and wrestling with what you find. And we do expect you to believe we’re funny. Or at least fake it.
FAQ: What do I do with my kids?
Beats us. No, seriously, we have a perfect answer: BRING THEM. There’s a place at Crossroads called Kids’ Club—available at all weekend services—where your kids can be surrounded by adults who are committed to a safe, fun environment. It’s where kids can figure out what God and the Bible are all about. (And for teens, it’s called Middle School and High School.)
FAQ: Who funds this place?
Let’s be clear on who is NOT funding this place: there are no corporate sponsors or franchise affiliations, and there’s no phantom fat cat paying for the building. It’s the generosity of everyday people in our community that fuels the life change we experience around here. Our support comes from the normal tithes (10 percent of earnings) and offerings of average folks who love contributing to the kinds of things they see God doing in our midst.
FAQ: Are all the people working on the weekend, on staff?
Nope. Believe it or not, from the coffee you drink to the mail you get, 94.6% of the Crossroads stuff you encounter results from volunteers. Volunteers care for our kids, take out the trash and sing on mainstage. Crossroads does have a paid staff of about 120 people. They dwell in a cube farm on the other side of the business entrance. They’re hairy, work in the dark, and love to eat free food.
FAQ: This doesn’t look like a church.
First of all, that’s not even a question. How about this: “What’s a church supposed to look like?” We think a church is about the people inside—not about the building—so it shouldn’t matter if we look like a former warehouse or a city school. And while you might not find steeples or stained glass around here, there’s no shortage of really authentic people—and free coffee.
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