Urban Leadership Initiative
Who We Are
Crossroads Bible College has been equipping leaders for multiethnic, urban ministry since 1980 and has been under the steady leadership of Dr. Charles Ware since 1990. We are a four-year college, accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Our faculty and staff have extensive experience in multiethnic, cross-cultural, urban ministries and have published over 144 articles and books. The ministries of Crossroads faculty, staff, and alumni impacted more than 71,000 people in 2016. We offer a robust curriculum for our students and encourage community engagement through training opportunities.
The political, cultural, and racial/ethnic polarization within the U.S. and much of the world has deepened distrust, anger, hatred, fear, and division. Sadly, the church often factures along similar lines as the world. “At the central core of racism, we find the sinful hearts of men living in a fallen world. This fundamental problem has no earthly cure” (Dr. Charles Ware, One Race, One Blood, 38). We are at a critical point in our country and our world, especially in urban centers. Communities and churches are looking for honest, respectful, encouraging, and enlightening interactions that lead to biblical efforts to transform our urban communities for the glory of God.
Leaders from diverse ethnic, political, and cultural backgrounds view Crossroads as a biblical, gospel-centered, nonpartisan voice seeking to reach a multiethnic urban world for Christ. Since Crossroads Bible College is not a church, it is viewed a s a neutral space in which training and genuine dialogue can take place. Crossroads has conducted or hosted seven national Multiracial Ministry Conferences.
Crossroads Bible College leverages the experience and expertise of its faculty and staff, as well as its history to deliver the Urban Leadership Initiative. This initiative aims to bring unity to the body of Christ in the context of theology and race and to bring about community transformation by encourag ing and build ing the capacity of leaders – particularly urban leaders. This is done through conferences, seminars, workshops, and consultations.
The overall strategy of the Urban Leadership Initiative is to change urban communities one leader at a time by energizing, equipping, and connecting leaders. Your investment to energize, equip and connect pastors, church members, and community leaders will multiply as those leaders influence the multitudes.
Teach one to reach 1,000!!
One Plan. Three Phases.
This initiative will be completed in three phases as follows:
Phase 1 (Completed)
Create presentation resources and connect with potential participants in test models. This phase is complete and has resulted in a foundational series entitled Grace Relations , by Dr. Charles Ware. The Grace Relations model is based upon a biblical framework that will address race relations from the perspective of God’s grace. It is based on forgiveness and the intentional pursuit of peace, trust, unity, and loving relationships because of Christ to overcome anger, distrust, and polarization. The workshops are founded on the Grace DREAM which will encourage participants to explore the following questions:
1. Dream – What is your biblical d ream relationship?
2. Reality – What is the present reality of your relationship?
3. Expect – What challenges and encouragement s do you e xpect as you pursue your dream relationship?
4. Applications – What practical a pplications can you make to pursue your dream?
5. Measurable – What measurable 30 – 90 day goals can you set to move toward your dream?
Phase 2 (Completed)
Test materials developed in Phase 1. Obtain and respond to feedback, create capacity building resources for grace relation environments, and establish pilot mentoring relationships. We taught Grace Relations materials and established accountability and commitment with participating pastors/leaders in three areas:
1. Establish personal and family relationships based upon the grace of God
2. Establish a grace relationship within his congregation/mministry
3. Multiply grace relations leaders in his area of influence (22 Timothy 2::22)
Multiplication through indigenous leadership development that results in grace relation communities which accepts and collaborates with believers for the glory of God and the good of the community. This phase results in the full launch of the initiative with the goal of the initiative becoming self-sustaining within three years.
1. Develop the Grace Relations ma terials into a professional presentation and marketable resource,, including digital media , teacher and student handbook.
2. Develop promotional materials and a feedback instrument (s) to gather information from pastors and provide timely and accurate feedback.
3. Host appreciation luncheons or dinners for pastors, leaders, and wives to express appreciation for their service, acknowledge their struggle of leadership and seek feedback about their greatest needs.
4. Host five luncheons/dinners in Fort Wayne and Indian apolis for 60-100 participants. Consider ten breakfasts and/or luncheons with small groups of pastors and leaders. Expand partnerships with large churches (>22,000 in weekly attendance) who are looking for more economical alternatives to assisting urban ministers and communities.
5. Conduct one Grace Relations workshop/conference in Indianapolis and one in Fort Wayne that focus on aligning one’s personal, family and ministry life with grace principles.
Expected Outcomes and Metrics
Crossroads Bible Colleg e expects to see at least five positive outcomes of this initiative::
1. Helpful resources, measured by workshop evaluations and participant feedback
2. Suburban/urban collaboration, measured by participant survey and interview feedback
3. Increased ethnic/culture awareness and underst anding, measured by participant feedback and reports
4. Increased hope in our communities, measured by participant survey and interview feedback
5. Community engagement in biblical solutions, measured by participant survey and interview feedback
6. Revenue stream from fee based speaking and conferences, measured by income and expense reports
Urban Leadership Initiative includes offering fee – based consulting and speaking or teaching services by experts in their fields as selected by Crossroads. Scholarships and subsidies may be offered as needed and as funds are available.
In Phase 3, Crossroads Bible College is seeking $ 730,200 to provide start up and initial operating expenses (3 years) to allow development of the ministry as a revenue source . The profit from the Urban Leadership Initiative will be used to benefit Crossroads Bible College. The ministry should be self – supporting by the end of year three.
The Urban Leadership Initiative will fulfill the mission of Crossroads Bible College by providing professional administrative staff, office space, and shared services and overhead expenses related to the work of the Initiative. The Urban Leadership Initiative will establish a fee schedule to cover operating expenses and speaker compensation and stream revenue to the college.
What We Ask of You
Would you prayerfully consider a gift or pledge to equip and unite the Church to evangelize out communities and break down ethnic barriers? Please let us know whether you will help us with this important endeavor.
Ways You Can Give
Your three-year pledge will help advance the college economically.
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