Crossroads knows how to help your church connect with your local public school in ways that are highly relational, completely legal, and that get your people out of the pews and into the community. Executive Director Matt Armstrong has been both a public educator and a pastor. Seeing things from both the school’s and church’s perspectives helps to build connection. With well over a decade of leading faith-based clubs in schools, Crossroads has a strategy for engaging with a school that centers on three F’s: facts, friends, and faith.
Know the Facts. First, Crossroads helps churches (and schools) understand and navigate the nuances of a proper separation of church and state. The Constitution does not permit the state to establish or endorse any particular faith or religious viewpoint, but it does require the state to remain “viewpoint neutral.” In addition to Constitutional issues, Crossroads helps churches to obtain and understand local policies and procedures related to the use of space by community groups.
Make Friends. Second, Crossroads walks with churches and helps make an introduction to educational leaders. We never approach a school leader in an adversarial way. We seek to listen, to learn, and to show the love of Jesus. We are interested in making friends and forming relationships that benefit the children. In the context of friendship, we can seek to remove any misunderstandings about the legality of programs like Crossroads and we can look for other opportunities to serve the school community.
Share Faith. Finally, Crossroads believes that lives are changed and character is formed in the context of a relationship with Jesus. Therefore, in the context of following the law (knowing the facts) and making friends, we are committed to sharing the hope of gospel and teaching biblical principles in our club programs.
Once connected, Crossroads supports churches in three key ways. Click here to learn more.