Cross of Hope Lutheran Church is about:
Inviting people into a deeper walk of discipleship
through Connecting with God and neighbor, Growing in Christ with others, and Serving the world.
In short, inviting people into a deeper walk of discipleship is the full extent of our mission statement, clear and concise. A visual/image we think of to help us to better understand what inviting people into a deeper walk of discipleship looks like is a zero entry pool. You can’t just start swimming, you first have to take a number of steps deeper into the water. This is the pool of discipleship, and you’re invited to come on in because the water is great! Baptism is just the beginning; it only takes a splash of water and word. Discipleship is about learning to swim in those great waters of baptism!
This discipleship oriented Mission Statement is the what of Cross of Hope Lutheran Church, and the following discipleship process is the how. How exactly do we go about inviting you into a deeper walk of discipleship? Through:
- Connecting with God and neighbor,
- Growing in Christ with others,
- and Serving the world.
We believe that these are the three steps one must take in a full walk of Christian discipleship, but these steps aren’t a simple “1, 2, 3, done” kind of journey. Rather we think of these steps as a continual process of deepening ones faith, commitment to Christ, and walk of discipleship. Rather than stepping up, we are in a continual process of deepening. As such it is more helpful to think of this journey more as a spiral staircase. Once you’ve landed on step three (serving) it’s time to return to step one (connecting) again, only this time in a deeper manner. As we can all always grow deeper in our walk of discipleship, and we invite you to go deeper with us by Connecting with God and neighbor, Growing in Christ with others, and Serving the world together. We pray that you will take us up on the invitation!