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The Crossing has also moved aggressively into the area of benevolence. Presently we operate four thrift stores – two in Quincy, one in Macomb, and one in Kirksville. The income from these ventures has exponentially increased funds available for local benevolence. Interfacing with ministries like Celebrate Recovery, The Crossing offers jobs and job placement, counseling, financial assistance, and encouragement.
As of 2013, The Crossing had grown from a small local church of 230 to a multi-site mega-church of over 6,000 ministering in a region covering three states over 165 miles wide sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our ninth location, The Crossing Keokuk, is scheduled for opening on March 2, 2014 putting us in 3 states.
The Crossing is an independent, non-denominational Christian Church started in Quincy in March of 1974. Madison Park Christian Church planted it as Payson Road Christian Church with 58 volunteers, holding services at Monroe Elementary School. A land purchase and building program later, the church located at 2901 Payson Road.
In 1998, PRCC made the decision to tighten its focus on the un-churched by becoming a mobile church, setting up and tearing down equipment for services in the Quincy Senior High School auditorium creating a more neutral environment that would be less intimidating. That step of faith opened doors to a permanent “neutral ground” home, the 22 acre, 64,000 square foot John Wood Community College campus at 48th and Maine Street. Our new location needed a new name. We became Payson Road Christian Church at The Crossing, later shortened to simply The Crossing. In 2005, the church was completely out of space even with four services and so we added a new 30,000 square foot auditorium to accommodate existing and future growth.
One Church, Multiple Locations
A desire to reach out beyond our own community to others in our region caused us to investigate multiple Crossing sites. On October 7, 2007, we opened our first multi-site campus in Macomb, Illinois. While the campus has its own staff, the sermons are broadcast live from our Quincy campus. Similar ministries are available in both locations. From its opening, the 56,000 square foot renovated grocery store has become the largest church in the city with weekend attendance around 1,300.
In light of The Crossing Macomb’s success, we opened a campus in Kirksville, Missouri in November of 2008. We purchased the 108,000 square foot former Brown Shoe factory on the south side of Kirksville and renovated it. Just like Macomb, Kirksville has its own staff and the sermons are broadcast live from Quincy. The same ministries are available in Kirksville as they are in Quincy and Macomb. Kirksville has over 600 in weekly attendance. It was the largest church in the area when it opened its doors.
2008 also marked a major shift in The Crossing’s approach to ministry. It came through the recognition of truly making disciples in relational environments. The church began to reorganize into small groups in order to raise up leaders doing ministry, giving them places to play and reproducing themselves.
In the September 2009 edition of Outreach Magazine, The Crossing was listed as the 27th fastest growing church of any kind in the country. The Christian Standard listed The Crossing as the #1 fastest growing church in the brotherhood of Independent Christian Churches.
On February 7, 2010, The Crossing opened its second campus in Quincy, Illinois. The Crossing bought and refurbished a building that formerly was the Unity Church at 929 Monroe Street. The money to purchase and renovate the 1874 facility was given in a single offering. This location also has its own staff and receives sermon broadcasts from the 48th Street campus. 929 runs over 300 in weekly attendance.
In 2011, as part of a capital campaign, The Crossing opened two campuses. One in Pittsfield, Illinois, on February 20, 2011, and the other in Hannibal Missouri, on May 1, 2011. The Pittsfield campus meets in a rented facility and averages 350 in weekly attendance.
The Crossing in Hannibal started out its life setting up and tearing down in the local YMCA. Its quick growth required us to look for a permanent location. Investigation led us to the Orpheum Theater in downtown Hannibal. The 1,000 seat 1922 theater was once the jewel of the city but had fallen into sad disrepair. The Crossing purchased and completely rehabilitated the theater to its former glory. On April 29, 2012, The Crossing met for the first time at the Orpheum to worship and filled it to capacity. Today the young congregation ministers to over 1,000 a weekend, making it the largest church in the city, once again.
In late 2012, we experienced our first church acquisition. The Federated Church of Lima (Illinois) approached us about the possibility of dissolving and turning over their church and other assets to us. On November 18, 2012, Lima officially opened its doors as The Crossing – Lima, our 7th location. Lima has seen attendance grow from 30 to as high as nearly 200 – not bad for a town of 125 people.
On April 28th, 2013, Cornerstone Christian Church in Mt. Sterling, Illinois, voted to partner in ministry with The Crossing, turning over their facilities to more effectively reach their area. In doing so, they became The Crossing – Mt. Sterling, our 8th location.
How We Became The Crossing