We envision a church that …
Cross Church is God-centered congregation committed to loving God by transforming Greater Portland with His love through culturally relevant music, engaging expositional messages, authentic fellowship, Christ-centered discipleship, and passionate community outreach.
Cross Church celebrates love, joy, kindness, goodness, grace, mercy, peace, justice, simplicity, authenticity, patience, gentleness, self-control, beauty, reason, and even science. In fact, since this world is God’s, we believe Christians should care for the environment more than anyone.
Long ago a man asked Jesus, “What is the most important mandate in Scripture?” Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Therefore, our motto is simple—Love God and Love People.
The painting above is a modern depiction of Matthew 9:9-12 which describes Jesus "hanging-out" with his non-religious friends. This painting illustrates the truth that most religious people despised Jesus while many non-religious men and women loved him and followed him. Even today, many who call themselves Christians act more like those who rejected Jesus than those who followed him. It’s so common that Gandhi lamented, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." Consequently, Cross Church exists to remove religious barriers and reconnect people with the message and person of Jesus Christ.