Hope For All
The Crossway family....
Crossway Church is made up of people of different ages and from many different backgrounds and walks of life.
We are an international church with many native Londoners as well as people from Ghana, Jamaica, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Korea, Brazil, Eastern Europe and the United States of America! But the Crossway family is always changing as new people move into the area and old friends move on to new opportunities. There are about 12 people who have been in the family for over 10 years but many are much more transient.
The feel of the church is vibrant and lively. As the church grows, there are always opportunities to get involved, meet new people and develop community projects.
Our mission is 'to deepen our relationships with God and each other and participate in God’s transformation of our individual lives and of our community’ and is based upon the ‘great commandment’ that Jesus gave to his first followers in whose footsteps we follow today: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and love your neighbour as yourself” (John 3v5).
Artwork by Donna Godwin© Used by Permission.http://godw1nz.wordpress.com/
This was a recent email received from an American University visit to our church....
Dear Dr. Stevenson:
Thank you so much for introducing our students to the Elephant and Castle neighborhood and to your efforts as pastor of Crossway Church to advocate for the economically marginalized and to empower the diverse peoples of the community. It was an eye-opening visit for our students. It got them very engaged in what is going on in the neighborhood and caused them to draw from the topics and places we had been studying in our two courses.
Students drew parallels between Elephant and Castle and the dislocation of families and economic disparities we saw in South Africa. Thanks to your encouragement to explore the art on the buildings many of them recognized “This place was home to many people and they want to continue to make it their own.” The students pondered the enormous challenge that you have been working to meet, e.g., “How are you supposed to run a church and build a community when people are constantly coming and going?” They also recognized the immense impact the congregation is having in the community.
Students connected your presentation and our walk in the neighborhood to our class discussions on globalization, contextual theology, diversity, and the role of the church in social transformation. As one student observed “Crossway Church is an excellent example of utilizing contextualized theology. Rev. Stevenson caters to his congregation and surrounding community well because he has familiarized himself and immersed himself there.”
The Crossway Church neighborhood is not on the typical London tourist itinerary but you caught our students’ attention and curiosity. Many of them wrote in their journals how glad they were to see this side of London. You also caught their imagination and their hopes. “This blew my mind. Churches getting together, worshiping in their own tradition but being joined in mission is such a great idea. I…never thought anybody was crazy enough to put it into…reality. I cannot wait to see how this turns out and the continual ministry of Pastor Stevenson.”
Thank you for all of your efforts on our behalf. We join with our students in wishing you success in your efforts, and hope we might bring other students in the future to witness it.
With gratitude and best wishes,
Nicholas R. Ellig, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Work
Jan H. Pranger, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Religion
Elna K. Solvang, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Religion
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