I wanted to let you know about some changes happening around Oxford. Crossroads Oxford is transitioning from what we call a “site” to a “ministry” and I want to some background and details…
Church has never been about a building and you have demonstrated that beautifully the last five months. You’ve served and reached the lost and showed people who Jesus is without a service on Sunday in a traditional way in Benton Hall and without an open Outpost building. This shows it can be done.
A couple of the key factors influencing this decision are that we do not have access to Benton Hall for services. This has a big impact on how we think about serving the Oxford community in the best way. We are also taking into account that much of the Oxford community is only in town for part of the year, making weekend services a difficult model to sustain.
So where does Oxford go from here?
While we will no longer be having services in Oxford, Crossroads isn’t disappearing from this town. It’s just going to look different. While we don't know all the details, the Anywhere team will still invest in this community. We’ll continue to have Groups and other opportunities to connect, and we’re doubling down on the Scholars program to reach college students in a crucial developmental time.
I am so proud of this incredible team and the work this community has done over the past 4 ½ years. We’ve seen hundreds of people go to Crossroads Camps, be baptized, listened to speakers like Bob Goff and Brian Tome, introduced Whiz Kids for our spanish community, saw scholars get job placements, and heard countless stories of life change, including at least two people who credit Crossroads as saving their life from suicide.
This is all incredible fruit that I’m so very proud of. Well done team. It’s incredible what God has done in this community and I am confident He will still be doing amazing things. Let’s keep running after what God is up to.
I also just want to take a second to say it’s been an honor serving as your Community Pastor. While our roles may be changing, relationships will always remain. I’m committed to the friendships and community here, as is the rest of our Oxford staff. We will communicate with you as soon as we have more details to give on what’s to come.
Stay tuned for what’s to come and if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us!