Crossroads is GRC’s ministry to young adults from the ages of 18 to 30-something. We connect through a Whatsapp group and invite each other to hangouts where we can also invite non-believing friends of similar age. We rely on each other to make new friends feel welcome. We fellowship, pray for each other, and sometimes help each other read the Bible. We touch base with church leadership, and many of us are involved in other forms of church ministry.
Crossroads was the first group I was a part of at GRC. I heard the stories of the many transitions the ministry had to endure prior to my arrival, and I have experienced transitions in the ministry for myself. At some points we have had close to 30 people in Crossroads, sometimes 5. We have had structured lessons by church leaders and also Zoom Bible studies amongst ourselves. Throughout the pandemic we had socially-distanced gatherings, and are now able to enjoy fellowship with one another in person again.
As I reflect on my time in Crossroads, I find myself amazed at the resiliency of the ministry. I can’t believe it’s still going! Especially because it consists of people like me who don’t know what they’re doing. We all seem to be at a…crossroad. But when I zoom out and examine all the various ministries of the church, I realize that they all seem resilient in the face of various changes and transitions.
God’s word says in 1 Peter 1:24, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.“
The ministries survive because the message of Christ is resilient. Though many have tried to smother the truth, God’s word remains alive and strong. For who Christ is, what He’s done, and where we are meant to be for eternity must be proclaimed throughout all the earth. This message charges onward, and the attempts to drag it down will be exposed as futile because the word of the Lord endures forever. Our ministries are centered around Christ. So even though the ministries themselves may change…even end, that’s okay because Christ doesn’t, the message doesn’t. He’s not just resilient; He’s indestructible!
We recognize the transient nature of the “young adult” life stage, but our goal at Crossroads is to continue to spur each other on in love through fellowship and community, anchoring ourselves to what endures forever.
So if you’re between 18 and 30-something and are looking to hang out with some cool peers, join us one day! Reach out to Alex Heftye (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pastor Steve (email@example.com) for more information.
Sheryl Mathew is a member at GRC and is involved with Crossroads, Life Group, and Youth Ministry.