Ministries in erie

The pioneer of the modern ambulance was from Erie, Col. Percy Lancelot Jones, he made the shift from simply taking men off of the battlefield to hospitals, to sending the physicians to the battlefield in ambulances.

This is how we picture ministry being done at The Cross. 

Our city needs people sent out to help, we don't need to just be a place to carry the wounded back to, they won't make it.  So we send our members out to serve in the city where the work is needed.

All of our members are expected to be serving in ministry, most of which are not associated with our church.  As individuals serve outside of the church, many times we find the church rallying around them to help multiply their efforts and support the ministries that members do.

So what do people actually do?

Members volunteer at faith-based agencies such as The Erie City Mission, college ministries at local schools, Our Neighbor's Place overflow shelter, a ministry to families of premature babies.

They also volunteer at  wonderful non-profits that are not faith based such as Our West Bayfront, International Institute of Erie or at the schools. Many of our non-faith based ministries give us an opportunity to share our faith not only with those we serve, but those serving with us.

How does the church get involved?

The Cross | Erie gets the opportunity to follow the passions of its members in service.  A member sits on the board of an organization and started a 5K to raise money, every year dozens from the church volunteer at the event.  Another member is involved in Our West Erie Bayfront, the church came together to serve dinner to over a thousand people at the National Night Out and often joins in their clean up days.  Rather than start a Christian sports league, you'll see us sponsoring a team for Erie Youth Sports and having church members coach.

Going rather than gathering

The Cross | Erie does not need to plant our flag everywhere our members are doing good, nor make every program our own.  Plenty of good is happening in this city that we can just be a part of, if the opportunity presents it, maybe members may lead in those activities.  The roster of "our own" ministries is non-existent, but the expectations of members to minister is high.