At Holy Cross we speak of our priorities in terms of our vision, our mission, and our values.
To see our community transformed through the multiplication of disciples and churches, all seeking the flourishing of our city.
Have you ever had a dream so big that you know there is no way you could see it happen? That is what our vision is. We long to see our city and all of our region transformed by Holy Spirit through the Gospel of Jesus Christ via the mulitplication of disciples of Jesus and churches that are all working for the flourishing of our entire community. This is a vision informed by the promise of Jesus that even the gates of Hell will not be able to stand up to the forward movement of His Church into the world. What is more is the fact that as Christians we pray for God’s Kingdom to come, that is, His will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Staunton and Greater Augusta are part of that and so this is what we eagerly wait to see.
To help people Encounter Jesus, Know Jesus, and Show Jesus.
Our Mission is simply what we believe God is calling us to so that we can see the vision accomplished. As Christians we believe that the only hope for the redemption and renewal of a fallen world is the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Through these mighty acts Jesus atoned for sin, conquered death, defeated evil, and began the reversal of the curse upon sin. We want to see people come into a life changing Encounter with Jesus, to come to Know Him by the power of the Holy Spirit, and then to be equipped to Show Him to their community in word and action. We believe that our community will be transformed as people transformed by Jesus are equipped and released into it.
Our values are simply the core convictions that we hold as a church that govern how we seek to move forward our mission. All of our values find their source in the conviction that the Bible calls Christians to conform to the character of Jesus, a character that is given its greatest expression in His death on the Cross. Jesus’ life was characterized by a self-giving, a renunciation of rights, a willingness to suffer on behalf of others that is illustrated most dramatically in the Cross. This is why Paul seeks to conform his life to the pattern of Christ’s death (Philippians 3.10-11). Paul wants his life to take a Cross shape; he wants to be cruciform.
A Cruciform Message
As Christians we come as message bearers proclaiming of the story of redemption, the Gospel of Jesus. It is a story that declares hope for the broken, the oppressed, and the guilty, and hope for the recreation of the world. Yet it is a message that declares this hope only through the paradoxical power of the Cross of Jesus. He is the hope of the world. (Luke 24.25-27; 1Corinthains 1.22-25; 15.1-11; 1John 2.2)
A Cruciform Mission
As Christians we are sent into the world just as Jesus was sent into the world. Our mission takes the same shape that his did; a cross shape. We move into the world, laying down our lives, for the physical, spiritual, and emotional good of all those around us. (Luke 24.36-37; John 17.18; 1John 3.8b)
A Cruciform Ministry
As Christians we are called to minister to one another by following the example of Jesus in the power of the Gospel. This means becoming a community of mutual deference where we lay down our pride, our preferences, and our prerogatives for the good of each other. (Romans 15.1-3; 1Peter 2.21-25; 1John 3.16)
A Cruciform Mindset
As Christians we are called to think of ourselves in humility. When we gaze at the Cross we are confronted with the cost of our redemption and are reminded that we daily need the power of that Cross to renew us. In addition we cannot look on the Cross without seeing how loved we are that God would not spare even his beloved Son so that we might be called children of God. (Matthew 16.24-25; 1Corinthians 1.26-31; Galatians 2.20-21; 6.14; Philippians 2.3-11)
A Cruciform Movement
As Christians we are seeking the realization of the Kingdom of God over all the earth and especially here in Staunton and Augusta County. That means that we desire to multiply cruciform communities all across our area and the world until every knee bows to Jesus. (Matthew 28.18-20; Luke 9.1-6; Romans 15.20-23)