In 2004 Scott Otis and his wife, Carrie, moved to Dorr, Michigan to start a church for people who don’t go to church. Starting in a basement with 20 people, Scott and Carrie never changed their focus; to grow a church for people who say church is too boring, too intimidating, or just not relevant to their stressed-out, hyper-speed lives. To this day people still ask the question, “Why bother? There are plenty of churches around.”
CrossWind’s answer is the same, again and again: People matter to God, even if they don’t know it yet. So, we’re going to meet them in their comfort zone, with good music, Biblical teaching, and messages that deal with the everyday challenges, hopes and heartbreaks of life.
In 2017, Scott and Carrie passed the baton off to Kevin and Karen, and they are actively engaged in continuing the vision of CrossWind. CrossWind’s vision isn’t about being just another church in the community, or offering more services, or serving the best coffee Sunday morning. CrossWind is about being LOVE in action by showing people Jesus, because you will never meet a person that Jesus didn’t die for.
A vision statement cannot only be words on a sheet of paper or a screen– it has to be carried out through actions. CrossWind follows the vision of “LOVE in action” with Servant Evangelism, doing things like passing out free donuts in the spring, freeze pops at the annual Fourth of July parade, or hosting a community carnival that is completely free.
CrossWind is not a place for being perfect. It’s a place for imperfect people to come together in real community, to experience the love of Jesus, to find hope in scripture, and grow together.
So, bring your questions and your doubts. Bring your joys and your heartache. Bring your hopes and bring your struggles. They are welcome here. You are welcome here!
The most important things you need to know if you are coming to visit us!
1. We offer two services each Sunday morning, and one service on Monday nights, with a variety of styles to choose from.
Sunday: 9:00 am is our contemplative service in the Kid’s Wing. The music will be acoustic, the message the same as all of our other services.
Sunday 10:30 am is our modern praise experience. We have a rockin’ band. Join us, offer praise and allow the Word of God to transform your life.
Monday 7:00 pm is Mondays at A.J.s Bar and Grill. (1830 142nd Ave., Dorr, MI 49323)
Following Jesus isn’t convenient, but getting together with others on the journey is becoming more convenient. Here’s how it works: Come and eat, hear great music, and be inspired at the beginning of your week. A.J.’s is open and serving their normal menu. Eat as much or as little as you want. You pay for your own meal. You don’t have to order anything to join us.
2. Dress casually for all three services – no dress codes here.
3. When you enter the church building, there will be greeters and an information table. Ask for a tour or information. Someone will be willing to answer your questions or get you where you need to go.
4. Bring your kids along. CrossWind cares for children birth through fourth grade. More than just childcare, CrossWind Kid’s uses the best methods of communicating the truth of God’s Word in age appropriate and culturally relevant ways. We do this so that kids will be able to understand and apply God’s truth easily within the context of their own lives. Crosswind offers nursery and preschool at our Sunday 9:00 am service and nursery through 4th grade during the Sunday 10:30 am service.
CrossWind Student Ministry seeks to reach 5th-12th grade students with the truth of the Gospel, and to equip them to live lives that bring glory to Jesus. Students, grades 5th-8th and 9th-12th, gather during the Sunday 10:30 service for games, worship, teaching and discussion.
Your kids and students can also sit with you in service until they get comfortable here. CrossWind is a kid-friendly place!
5. Grab a cup of coffee or get some water before, during and after the Sunday services.
6. During worship, when the offering plate comes around, feel free to simply pass it on. We do not ask our guests to contribute.
7. Pastor Kevin would love to meet you, so please feel free to introduce yourself after the service and say “Hi.”
8. If it happens to be a communion Sunday – don’t freak out! In the United Methodist Church, communion is open to everyone, so feel free to join us; or you may choose to remain seated while others come forward.