Tag Archives: Local Partner

City of Refuge: Book Drive for Preschool Classroom

City of Refuge Book Drive Nov. 4–18, The Crossing Office City of Refuge, a local partner of The Crossing, is collecting items for their new preschool class for refugee and immigrant children. They are looking for donations of new or gently used preschool or kindergarten books, large beads, plastic bead cord, cookie sheets, puppets, or simple workbooks. There

Cor Update and New Website

Check Out Cor’s New Website: corcolumbia.org The school year crept up on us before we realized we never sent out an end of spring/summer Cor update! We apologize and hope you enjoy the pictures and info that follows. It was an amazing summer, filled with a LOT of traveling and activities with guys, and even

Coyote Hill Open House: This Sunday

Open House: Sunday, September 9th 1 – 4 PM at Coyote Hill: Directions ~~See firsthand the legacy you are building at Coyote Hill~~ Enjoy Games, Bounce House, Hayrides, FREE Smokin’ Chicks BBQ and Kona Ice! Presented by: For more complete info about Coyote Hill, read this 2016 ministry partner spotlight post from the ESI archive:

McKinneys: Cru City Neighboring

Chris & Elizabeth McKinney are now with Cru City Neighboring which allows them to also serve as associate staff at The Crossing. Chris serves with Small Groups & Elizabeth with Women’s Ministry. This guest post explains Neighboring and their work in training, coaching & mentoring people interested in pursuing relationships with their neighbors with gospel intentionality. You’ll want to sign up for their Connections Class:

Neighboring Connections Class: Register

Sundays, starting April 8, 11 a.m.

Love Your Neighbor: What does it mean to love your literal neighbor as yourself? In this four-week class, we will discuss how neighboring fits into the bigger story of God’s redemptive purposes. We hope you leave with a new perspective, and a plan that helps you develop fun and meaningful relationships with your neighbors. (Register above)

Contact: [email protected]

Support the McKinneys: DONATE HERE

What if as believers, we truly loved our neighbors- not only in a general sense, but in a literal one? What if we were to go from being strangers to acquaintances to actual friends/neighbors where we could rely on one another and live in community right around us? What if we could not only borrow that cup of sugar & have someone get our mail while we’re gone (that too) but more than that- what if we were to feel a part of an actual community with those living right around us? What if instead of feeling isolated in our own homes, we could have mutually beneficial relationships with people despite our differences where help & support was just a yard away? And what if God were to use those relationships to bring the gospel into homes and apartments and residences everywhere- for people who don’t yet know Him- and in deeper, meaningful ways for believers as well? We’ve been seeing these things happen in our own neighborhood and in our own lives and we want to be a part of equipping believers everywhere to love their neighbors. Literally.

Tom’s Story

Who was I one year ago today? Answering that question brings me to my knees. I was angry. I was bitter. I was unhappy. I was arrogant. I yelled a lot- at my wife, my children, even my dog. I had everything (or so It appeared) but I was empty and unsatisfied…and it was everybody else’s fault. I relied solely on myself, convincing myself I knew how best to navigate life. In reality, I felt as though I was behind the wheel of an out of control car heading for a cliff. Eleven months ago I went to church for all the wrong reasons. Little did I know I was exactly where God wanted me. I was broken. But God reached out and touched me and let me know I wasn’t alone. Soon my life became a search for more…what did it mean to be a believer? What did it mean to live as a Christian? I could have listened to hundreds of sermons on the topic but that wouldn’t be enough. I needed community. I needed someone to gently come alongside me and walk with me. God brought me neighbors. God brought Chris and Elizabeth into our lives. Through the various neighborhood events they already led, my wife and I knew them. And when we ran into Elizabeth at church, we were warmly invited into their small group and into their lives. Having another family in our neighborhood to share our journey with has been invaluable. To share with others the struggles and temptations in everyday life is invaluable. To have another family so close that pours so much into us in invaluable. Who am I now? I am a believer in Christ. I am a sinner saved by grace alone. I am a father who no longer yells at his kids. I am a husband working on removing unrealistic expectations in my marriage. I find peace in surrendering control to God. And He is working in my life through my relationships. My family is so blessed to have such an amazing spiritual resource in our neighborhood.

Church Partnerships

We want to have an influence for Christ…and we believe that one of the best ways to do that is through churches. Beginning with our local church, we are working with the Small Groups team & Women’s Ministry team to help bring a neighboring focus to 120+ small groups and beyond. Through writing, teaching and training/coaching, we desire to be a resource to anyone in our city who has a heart to reach out to their neighbors. In our experience, there are very few neighboring specific resources out there for people, so we’re excited to hopefully meet a need that’s both theological and practical.

If you think your church would be interested in bringing us in to teach our curriculum, please reach out to us by sending us an email!

We are also doing something we’re calling Neighbor Coaching. We met Austin & Melanie as students on a Summer Mission and now they are married & recently built a house in Austin, TX. They asked to Skype with us for some Biblical principles & practical advice as they begin to neighbor. Similar conversations have been happening with some other friends in Kansas City and San Clemente. After seeing us post about neighboring on social media, both of them have reached out to us for some coaching. It has been so fun coming along side them, coaching & praying for them.

Our Curriculum

In line with our vision of partnering with churches, we sense that there is a need for Biblically based, well-researched curriculum on neighboring. With the help of Dr. Tasha Chapman from Covenant Seminary, who specializes in adult education & curriculum, we are currently working on a 6-8 week small group curriculum that we could offer churches as a resource. Our hope is that God would use it to inspire and motivate people to develop relationships with their neighbors with gospel intentionality. Below you can see some of the books that are influencing us in the process.

Our Prayer Requests:

  • Our Table Discussions- Pray for some new faces, people would grow spiritually & experience community.
  • Our Spring neighborhood events- Easter Egg Hunt, Earth Day & Block Party. For God to use community (amongst both adults & kids) to bring people out of isolation and into relationship, with God & others.
  • Neighborhood Small Group- There are potentially 8 couples from our Table Discussion that want to further develop community & dig deeper into the Bible. Please pray for Todd & Kelly Scott and this group!
  • Jen Wilkin Women’s Conference- Please pray for the women in our neighborhood that attended, for God to work in their hearts.
  • 4 Week Neighboring Connections Class in April– For God to use it to inspire & motivate people at our church to have God’s heart for their neighbors.
  • Our Curriculum- For our conversations with Dr. Tasha Chapman, that God would lead us to include the right things, that it would be Christ-centered, grace-based and applicable across a broad audience.
  • Church Partnerships- Pray God would continue to open doors to partner with more churches.
  • Speaking at Trinity Community Church & Theological Educational Initiative this Spring.

Sources: The McKinneys’ newletters and Cru City Neighboring materials.

Cor Update: 2017 in Review

As we look back on 2017, and scroll through pictures and videos of all the things we have been able to experience with the Cor guys, we can’t help but stop and realize all the support and love people have poured into Cor and our students throughout the year. Since our last update in the Spring of 2017, so much has happened. We have walked through hard situations with kids, cheered them on during athletic competitions and academic achievements, and have watched them grow into a family of boys that support and encourage each other like brothers. We know that none of this would be possible without people like you, and for that we are incredibly thankful. Enjoy a glimpse of what life has been like at Cor for the last 6 months, and thank you again for all of the food, tutoring, encouraging talks, financial support, and love you have poured into Cor this year! – Travis, Angie and Jared

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Jamaica Mission Trip

Habitat for Humanity

­­­­­­­The Crossing routinely sends volunteer teams to build houses with Show-Me Central Habitat for Humanity. Habitat has built 146 homes for families in Columbia since 1988. Current Habitat projects can be found here. All our Crossing Habitat work Saturdays are wrapped up for this year. If you are interested in volunteering starting Spring 2018, contact Mary Boese: [email protected]. If you would like to volunteer in a general Habitat work day this fall, contact the Habitat office: [email protected]

How Habitat works:

Love INC: Local Partner Spotlight

Each October, The Crossing hosts:
Love INC’s Linking for Love,
a city-wide benevolence ministries event.

Love INC is one of The Crossing’s longstanding local partnerships. As a founding partner, The Crossing provides Love INC with generous monthly financial support and also supplies Love INC with volunteers. Dave Cover and Greg Deline from The Crossing serve on the Love INC board.

The LoveSeat is Love INC’s furniture bank and resale shop where donated furniture and household goods are made available to those in need and offered as incentives to those enrolled in Love INC’s life-skills programs.

Today Love INC was able to provide a single mom with a comfortable bed to sleep in. She had been transitioning from homelessness to her own home, but still needed a bed for herself. After sleeping on the floor for over a month, she was ecstatic to learn she wouldn’t have to anymore!
       –Pat McMurry

Mission:
Love INC assists people who struggle with basic essentials: rent, utilities, transportation and jobs. Love INC serves those seeking assistance without regard for race, gender, faith, etc. Legitimate need is the qualifier.

Love INC provides:

Equipping the Saints

The Crossing partners with many organizations in Columbia devoted to helping others all year long.  This summer, we are highlighting a few of these ministry partners so you can help kids and adults in our city by partnering with one of them. Get involved by giving a high-impact gift that equips them to continue making a difference in specific lives, in specific ways. Tables with gift details are available in the foyer July 16 and 23. Gifts should be returned on July 30. For contact information, follow this link.

Organizations you can partner with include St. Raymond’s Society, Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition, BOLD, and In2Action.

Mission Spotlight: in2Action

ExtraSmall-300dpi-WEB-300x108Dan Hanneken, LCSW is the founder and Executive Director of in2Action, a local ministry partner of The Crossing. in2Action provides Christ-centered residential transitional services to adult men recently released from prison and those at risk of criminal activity.

For more information, Dan can be reached via email: [email protected] .

The men served by in2Action mainly struggle with:

Mission Spotlight: Cor

Cor is one of The Crossing’s local ministry partners. Cor programs holistically serve male student-athletes working to transform futures by providing access to opportunities and resources students need to succeed.

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  • 40 high school student-athletes
  • 10 middle school student-athletes
  • Academic coaching and tutoring: provided by 30 volunteers
  • Meals: 4 days a week: provided by 9 small groups or individuals
  • Administrative support: provided by 5 volunteers

Cor has a highly relational focus in 3 main areas: