Year in review

We praise God for His faithfulness to us throughout the last year. We thank God for your partnership in ministry throughout 2021, and we look forward to what He has in store for us next year. Check out the information below to see how God used The Crossing in 2021.

Statistics are reported by our fiscal year November 1, 2020 – October 31, 2021

Jerry Harris

Dear Crossing Church Family,

Last year I reflected with you about how challenging the year had been with all the uncertainty brought on from COVID-19. It catalyzed so many things that we continue to feel the effects of a year later. COVID still persists with multiple variants, and polarization continues politically, racially, and economically. I think we had hoped that the tensions would find some resolution, but instead, we are beginning to realize some of the deeper effects of the trauma we’ve experienced.

These realities are certainly discouraging, but for those of us in Christ, it is eclipsed by the power we find in knowing and following Jesus. We have seen His faithfulness and provision continue as 2021 repeated many of the challenges 2020 brought. Once again, God has overwhelmed us with His mighty blessings. 

God has empowered our church to deliver the gospel. Our in-person attendance has recovered back to 80+% of our pre-COVID numbers. Our ministry is opening back up to the incarcerated, thousands continue to join with us via our online platforms, and we continue to have baptisms every week!  God has provided all of our necessary funds through the faithful stewardship of His people.

God has protected us. We definitely had some difficult challenges. We experienced a COVID outbreak at one of our summer camps and simultaneously at our Uncommon men’s conference. We were a negative headline on every national news organization for weeks and were incorrectly described by health departments. The untold story was that almost all cases were asymptomatic and only a few experienced serious illnesses, with no fatalities. In fact, our camp and conferences had a profound spiritual impact and God’s faithfulness was clear. We give Him all the glory for His watchful care over us.

God blessed us to be a blessing. In September, we were approached with the idea of engaging in a gift/leaseback with five of our 11 properties. The purpose of this was to leverage our equity to help in the funding of 81 churches, eliminating all of our church debt, and providing financially for the future of the Crossing. After a process of investigation, our elders unanimously agreed to move forward in this way. Today, the Crossing is debt-free and fully ready to engage the future to build the Kingdom, not alone but with 81 additional opportunities!

God has provided for our future. On Thanksgiving, I shared the culmination of an eight-year process in succession, with Clayton Hentzel transitioning to the lead role. I will continue to be at a senior level on staff, but this critical move, which begins January 1, 2022, is key to the future of the church, and I couldn’t be more excited and encouraged by what God continues to do.

As I shared last year, we do not know what the future holds, but we do know Who holds the future! Allison and I want to thank you for the honor and privilege of leading this wonderful church for the last 23 and a half years, being willing to take big faith-filled risks reaching outward and downward in innovative ways, raising up leaders, and growing in unity as we help people to find an intimate personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Dear Crossing Church Family,

Last year I reflected with you about how challenging the year had been with all the uncertainty brought on from COVID-19. It catalyzed so many things that we continue to feel the effects of a year later. COVID still persists with multiple variants, and polarization continues politically, racially, and economically. I think we had hoped that the tensions would find some resolution, but instead, we are beginning to realize some of the deeper effects of the trauma we’ve experienced.

These realities are certainly discouraging, but for those of us in Christ, it is eclipsed by the power we find in knowing and following Jesus. We have seen His faithfulness and provision continue as 2021 repeated many of the challenges 2020 brought. Once again, God has overwhelmed us with His mighty blessings. 

God has empowered our church to deliver the gospel. Our in-person attendance has recovered back to 80+% of our pre-COVID numbers. Our ministry is opening back up to the incarcerated, thousands continue to join with us via our online platforms, and we continue to have baptisms every week!  God has provided all of our necessary funds through the faithful stewardship of His people.

God has protected us. We definitely had some difficult challenges. We experienced a COVID outbreak at one of our summer camps and simultaneously at our Uncommon men’s conference. We were a negative headline on every national news organization for weeks and were incorrectly described by health departments. The untold story was that almost all cases were asymptomatic and only a few experienced serious illnesses, with no fatalities. In fact, our camp and conferences had a profound spiritual impact and God’s faithfulness was clear. We give Him all the glory for His watchful care over us.

God blessed us to be a blessing. In September, we were approached with the idea of engaging in a gift/leaseback with five of our 11 properties. The purpose of this was to leverage our equity to help in the funding of 81 churches, eliminating all of our church debt, and providing financially for the future of the Crossing. After a process of investigation, our elders unanimously agreed to move forward in this way. Today, the Crossing is debt-free and fully ready to engage the future to build the Kingdom, not alone but with 81 additional opportunities!

God has provided for our future. On Thanksgiving, I shared the culmination of an eight-year process in succession, with Clayton Hentzel transitioning to the lead role. I will continue to be at a senior level on staff, but this critical move, which begins January 1, 2022, is key to the future of the church, and I couldn’t be more excited and encouraged by what God continues to do.

As I shared last year, we do not know what the future holds, but we do know Who holds the future! Allison and I want to thank you for the honor and privilege of leading this wonderful church for the last 23 and a half years, being willing to take big faith-filled risks reaching outward and downward in innovative ways, raising up leaders, and growing in unity as we help people to find an intimate personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Jerry Harris

523

baptisms celebrated in 2021*

*in the 2021 calendar year

Church Stats

Every year we are so thankful to celebrate all the decisions made for Christ and people taking steps in their relationships with Him. In 2021, we celebrated baptisms, people serving as difference makers, communities connecting in life groups, and so much more. 

$7,546,716.08

total given

$3,971,510.19

total given online

437

first-time givers
We are so thankful for our church family who prioritizes generosity as they live out their faith. It is because of the faithfulness of God and the church that we are able to do ministry to so many people each year. 

Join the thousands who already give online in supporting God’s mission and His Kingdom
in our communities by setting up an online gift today.

For more information, please contact [email protected]

Crossing Kids

Our staff and difference makers are honored to do ministry with hundreds of kids every single week. Throughout the last year, we saw kids make decisions for Christ, grow in their faith, and take steps to love one another better.

875

kids attending each week

265

difference makers serving each week

105

CKX after school program students

(Quincy & Macomb)

86

preschool students

(Quincy & Macomb)

Crossing Youth

In 2021, we are thankful to celebrate students who continued to grow in their relationships with Christ. We saw students commit to their faith through camps and conferences, and begin living that faith out through serving and student life groups.

174

fuse average weekend attendance

184

high school average weekend attendance

146

student conference attendance

Online Media

At The Crossing, we want to do whatever it takes to reach people who are far from God. This year, we saw hundreds of thousands of interactions with our online and digital platforms. 

Church Online

top viewing countries

 

  • United States
  • Dominican Republic
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Austria
  • Ecuador
  • Barbados
  • Canada
  • Mexico

YouTube

  • 43.6K media plays
  • 7K+ hours watched
  • 27.2K unique viewers

App

  • 3,330 new downloads
  • 24,899 media plays
  • 56,150 launches
  • 442,289 impressions

Podcast

  • 2,351 plays
  • 9 countries

Social Media

In 2021, social media continued to connect people from all of our communities to help them see how God was moving in the people of our church.

Facebook

  • 630,849 people reached
  • 123,651 engagements
  • 30,246 reactions

Instagram

  • 76,054 people reached
  • 5,961 post likes
  • 120,489 impressions

Reach: Unique number of people that saw posts
Engagement: Number of times people engaged with posts (share, comment, etc)
Reaction: Number of post reactions (like, love, etc)
Impression: Number of times a post is seen

Mission Partners

We are honored to serve alongside eight mission partners, foreign and domestic. We are so thankful that we get to partner in the ministry God is doing all over the world. Click below to see what  God has done through our mission partners in 2021 and take a few moments to pray for them.

$14,000+

donated through One Mission Cafe sales*

 

each time you buy something from one of our One Mission Cafes, 100% of the proceeds to to support our mission partners.

*these funds are in addition to the budgeted funds for our mission partners

Benevolence

In scripture, Jesus tells us not to love online in words and speech, but in action and truth. Our benevolence ministry puts the faith we profess with our mouths into action in our communities through financial support, employment opportunities, food pantries, and so many other chances to show the love of Jesus to those around us.

$52,712

funds provided for assistance

 

allocated towards various household needs and food pantries

$12,000

amount given in clothing and household vouchers

165

families assisted with various financial needs

252,320

pounds recycled through thrift stores

1876

families fed through food pantries

70

jobs provided through our thrift stores