Tag Archives: Ministry Partner

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:

Oread Center at KU: Kelly Clark

Kelly Clark is the Director of Administration at the Oread Center at KU (TOC) in Lawrence, KS where she has served for 6 years. She was involved with Vertas as a Mizzou student before joining women’s ministry staff at Oread Center, a university ministry that is partnered with Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church. She receives ongoing support from The Crossing. Oread Center has partnered with Veritas for a couple of winter conferences.

DONATE to: Kelly Clark or contact her at: [email protected]

TOC’s target population is the university community — both undergraduates, as well as graduate students, professors and faculty. They already offer programming aimed at undergraduates (Bible & book studies, a large group gathering, socials, a course for KU credit), and will soon be adding more resources for other populations within the university community (book discussions with campus ministry leaders, a podcast & blog aimed at graduates & faculty, forums for the larger university community, etc.)

The Oread Center (TOC) meets the needs of KU students by one-on-one conversations centered on spiritual formation and discipleship, connecting them with mentors in the local church, providing a safe place for them to be able to “ask honest questions and receive honest answers” about the big questions of life (as the Schaeffers used to say), and providing them with spaces to dialogue with practitioners and professors in their fields who share a similar vocation and walk with Christ. Programmatically, this takes the form of one-on-one meetings, small group book and bible studies, meals and discussions, as well as, retreats and conferences.

Pray for the Gospel to reach KU students, faculty & staff:

  • That God would strengthen KU students to walk with Him for a lifetime. That He would open their eyes to Him and once they do know Him, that He would continually fill them with His Holy Spirit, that the eyes of their hearts might be enlightened, knowing His hope and the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:18)
  • That He would equip these students to think well about their fields of study and future vocations and that He would provide for them mentors in their fields who can encourage them both in their discipline and in how to walk with the Lord in that discipline.
  • That He would purify their hearts, give them a passion for following after Him and not the things of this world, and that He would give them a sensitivity to their sin, and with that, and great delight in His gospel and a renewed fervor to walk by the Spirit.
  • Pray for Oread Staff Team – that God would protect them from sin, continue to give them clarity and unity in their vision for ministering at the university, and that He would strengthen them to care for their families and their students well.

Kelly’s Role in Women’s Ministry:

As women’s ministry staff, Kelly mentors college girls, leads Bible and book studies, and serves as a liaison between college women who attend Grace Evangelical Presbyterian and the larger church body. Kelly’s desire is to encourage college women to follow the Lord all the days of their lives (faithfulness not just in their 18-22 years, but in their 22-82 years.) Because of this, one of her biggest passions is encouraging multi-generational friendships among women who learn to follow Jesus together. She says, “I love getting the chance to walk with women through God’s Word, have honest conversations about the joys and struggles they are facing, and explore the character of God together.”

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

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.

Support Missionaries & Ministry Partners

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If you are looking for end-of-year giving options, consider supporting The Crossing’s missionaries and ministry partners.

You can read about our partnerships and find out how to support each of them by following this link:

Missions & Ministry Partners

Giving By The Numbers

crossinggivingtopartners2000to2015-002The Crossing has been giving to ministry partners since our earliest days. Below is our history of giving in graphic form. It’s pretty amazing to see how our congregational generosity has grown:

  • Our total yearly giving topped $1 million for the first time in 2015.
  • This took our grand total of giving to $5.38 million.

We give to:

  • Local Ministry Partners
  • Ministries Around the US
  • International Missionaries & Ministries

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Mission Spotlight: FCA: Fellowship of Christian Athletes

imagesFellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is a partner ministry of The Crossing. Scott Ashton, the Mid-Missouri Director for FCA summed up their ministry this way, “We are unashamedly in support of the local church: leading [coaches and athletes] to [their] local church where they can be realigned to the gospel week after week. I’m on staff now because I was reached with the gospel through a Huddle and through a coach’s influence in high school. All these different specific ministries are needed because what reaches one kid or coach may not reach another.” FCA is volunteer-intensive ministry focused to and through the coaches because they are the ones who have the influence. It’s almost always messy. FCA works with each coach and school and sport differently. Nothing can be cookie cutter because each situation is different.

Donate to Mid-Missouri FCA

Upcoming Event:

  • FCA Camp @ MIZZOU
  • June 27-30, 2016

  • Registration for FCA Camp @ MIZZOU
  • Contact: Kerry Maggard: [email protected] or Scott Ashton: [email protected]
  • Use Mizzou Rec’s indoor courts and Stankowski Fields
  • FCA Camp T-shirt, FCA Bible
  • Four days of fun competition, inspiration, and perspiration
  • Time with Mizzou athletes, HS athletes and FCA staff
  • Rotate through multiple sports including:  Basketball,  Football (girls – gymnastics),  Soccer, Volleyball (boys play variation), Ultimate kickball, Dodgeball, Speed Station
  • Faith devotions during huddle times

Why minister specifically to coaches and athletes?

Mission Spotlight: Columbia KLIFE

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Columbia KLIFE is a local ministry partner of The Crossing that receives monthly support and has been well connected to the church for many years.

Upcoming Events:
Columbia KLIFE is hosting a Dessert Night Sunday, May 1st from 3:30-5:00, and their annual Golf Tournament is Monday, June 6th. You can also to DONATE to KLIFE HERE. For more info about these events contact Chapter Director, Brandon Briscoe: [email protected] .

Ministry Overview:

KLIFE works alongside churches and families in the Columbia community to teach and encourage kids (4th-12th grade) to be strong in the Lord in spite of all the negative pressures they face as teenagers. KLIFE networks kids from different churches, and those without a church affiliation, to build positive, Godly relationships that can withstand the negative peer pressure so prevalent in today’s youth culture.

Mission Spotlight: International Community Church

 

 

ICC logoInternational Community Church (ICC) receives mission support from The Crossing. Bill Younker serves as the pastor at ICC which meets in the Hillel Jewish Student Center near the University Ave parking garage. ICC is a congregation of mid-Missourians that reaches out to International students, visiting scholars, and their families on the MU campus. ICC’s congregation includes Internationals who came to Columbia as grad students and now make Columbia their permanent home.

International students and visiting scholars are often at MU for a number of years accompanied by spouses and children (and sometimes extended family members.) They must set up house, learn (or improve) English skills, get their kids educated, and learn a new culture–all while one family member is very busy researching, teaching or starting grad school at MU.