Who we are:
Northcross is the result of a merger in 2008 between Northcross Community Church and a large proportion of East Coast Bays Bible Baptist Church. While the church is not limited or constrained by its history, nevertheless, that history helps give shape to our understanding of who we are, and the motivation for the merger remains a significant part of our ethos. Both original churches came from traditions that stressed local church independence within a wider family of churches. That remains true of Northcross, but the coming together was driven by a deep commitment to Christian unity (Gal 3:28). We came together to give witness to the Christian world, and to the society around us, that Christians are one in Christ. Christian unity was the focus of Jesus’ prayer (John 17:20-23) “that the world may know that you have sent the Son.” It provides opportunity for all members to exercise their gifts. The growing together of God’s people from different generations and cultures and church backgrounds, is a mark of the maturity to which we aspire (Eph 4:11-16).
Exalting God, glorifying God is the most important, most fundamental requirement of all human beings.
Our call to equip fellow believers is part of the Great Commission. Jesus instructs his followers to ‘make disciples’. Now, while it is definitely the responsibility of the leadership of Northcross Church, and particularly the pastors to teach and model the Christ life, to equip the saints and help them understand the Christian life and how to live it, the responsibility is shared by all Christians, no exceptions.
EVANGELISE THE WORLD:
“In the power of the Spirit you will take my message all around the globe… you will be my witnesses telling people that I am the only Saviour, the only one who can save people from their sins and give them eternal life.”
And so, we go to school, we go to work, we interact with our neighbours and we tell them with words and show them with deeds – we are witnesses to Jesus. We go with a life and lifestyle that reinforces and endorses the message of salvation we carry.
ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY:
God has implanted his new community in the world to act as salt and light… Caring, sharing, generosity, honesty, integrity, contentment… as you go about your daily life, as you go about your work, as you interact with other people.
In one God eternally existing in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
That the Lord Jesus Christ, himself truly God, became fully human, was born of the virgin Mary and lived a sinless life. He died for our sins, was buried, rose again on the third day, and is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father.
That everyone is a sinner before God and subject to God’s judgment.
That as a result of Jesus’ death we can be reconciled to God through His grace and saved from the punishment we deserve, as we put our faith in Him.
That the Holy Spirit lives in all believers, marking them as God’s people, and giving them varied gifts and abilities to be able to
serve God, one another, and the world.
That the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament in their entirety are inspired by God, fully trustworthy and the final authority in faith and life.
That Jesus is coming again to judge the world, to complete our salvation, and to rule as King forever.
Our Core Values:
We value the Bible. We are a church that teaches from the Bible through faithful scholarship and in way that is practical, engaging and applicable to our daily lives.
We value godly living. We encourage every member to actively walk with God, in personal prayer and Bible study, and to be examples to one another as we share together a lifestyle of faithful godly living, individually, in families and as a larger church family who worship God enthusiastically, pray fervently, and support one another practically.
We value relationship and participation. Everyone is encouraged to be involved in church, in home groups and to discover an area of service for themselves. In this way everyone will grow as disciples of Jesus and the church will develop towards maturity.
We value growth and outreach. We will actively share the good news about Jesus to those around us. We will be God’s people, bringing His light into the homes, workplaces and institutions of our society and serving the needs of all generations and cultures in our community. We will also take the good news about Jesus and the practical results of the love of God to the rest of the world.
We value Christian unity. This is a response to the prayer of Jesus in John 17, and as a reflection of the history of the church.
Our Core Practices:
While worship involves the whole of our lives, the church meets regularly as a gathered community to worship God with our words, and our deeds and by the offering of our lives to His service; to teach and be taught in the Word of God, to encourage and strengthen individual and corporate life, and to proclaim the good news of God’s intervention in the world in the person of Jesus, His life, death, resurrection, and return.
Among these activities two hold special place for us as having been taught by Jesus Himself and practiced continuously since the first days of the church:
- Those who believe in the saving work of Jesus Christ are baptised by immersion in water as a sign and a testimony of their becoming part of the family of God.
- Frequently when the church meets it does so around the communion or Lord’s Supper in which bread and wine are signs of the body and blood of Jesus, given for our sins, celebrated in the presence of the risen Lord Himself, and as an expression of our unity together as His body on earth.
“Now you are the body of Christ, and individually members of it.” (1 Cor. 12:27)
The concept of church membership is a part of the biblical image of the church as the body of Christ. Members are those people who, like body parts, are uniquely linked to this local fellowship, share in its spiritual life, and participate in its ministries according to their individual gifting. At Northcross we welcome all who want to come and spend time with us, from whatever background, culture, language or belief system. However long or short a time you are with us, we hope you’ll always find yourself warmly included. If you want to strengthen your commitment, we would invite you make Northcross your spiritual home. What does that mean?
Firstly, it means that we as a community will be sure to watch out for you. We will commit ourselves to providing friendship, support and advice, and help in understanding and applying the Bible to your life. You will be part of the Northcross family and we will pray for you. We will rejoice with you in the good times, and when you need it there will be a shoulder to cry on or someone just to listen to your pain.
It also means that we can count on you. We’d like you to make Northcross your regular place of worship, and the focal church community through which you contribute your time, your abilities and your resources to the work of God in the world. We hope you’ll join one of our life groups and find there the companions and friends with whom to journey with Christ. We will encourage you to serve in various ways in our fellowship.
If you would like to make this commitment to the fellowship of God’s people at Northcross, it’s important that you know who we are and what we stand for and we hope this booklet has helped to explain much of that. The next step is to ask one of the pastoral staff or elders for the opportunity to indicate your “commitment to fellowship.”
Adult members of the church (those 18 years of age and above) will be consulted before making important decisions, at Annual and Special General Meetings, or in other ways by which the leadership will determine to draw on the wisdom of the congregation. In particular, their feedback will be sought over the appointment of elders and of the Senior Pastor.
A person may cease to be a member of the church
(i) by choosing to leave the church or to direct their energies and support to another church fellowship, OR
(ii) if, despite prayer and counsel, their life and behavior are seriously out of line with Scriptural principles. The elders are the final arbiters of this, on the advice of the Senior Pastor and pastoral team.
The church is fully independent and autonomous as a local church. But it is not isolationist. We have close fellowship with many churches similar to our own (especially those of the Christian Community Churches of New Zealand), and we join them in supporting organisations that help to train people for ministry and work together for the cause of the Gospel. The church will also cooperate and fellowship with other local churches of other denominations in the immediate area, in such activities as advance the glory of God.
The day-to-day running of the affairs of the church will be the responsibility of a team of staff, headed by the Senior Pastor. They will ensure the smooth and spiritual operation of the various ministries, administer the budget and ensure the appropriate funding of all approved activities.
The role of the staff team is to act as enablers and coordinators for the ministry of the church which is carried on by all members.
Some of the organisational tasks may be delegated by the elders or the Senior Pastor to goal-oriented teams comprised of both staff and members. These might be permanent (e.g. Human Resources, Pastoral Care, Missions teams) or ad-hoc (e.g. Building Committee, Search Committee).
The Chairman of the elders will liaise closely with the Senior Pastor to ensure that the operational side of the church fulfills the goals and vision established by the spiritual leadership.
The Senior Pastor will be a person called by God to the leadership of the church.
The role of the Senior Pastor will be to lead the church in its ministry, supervising and supporting the staff and encouraging and shepherding the wider membership.
The Senior Pastor will be automatically an elder, and will keep the elders informed regularly on all matters pertaining to the spiritual health of the church, and raising with them issues that need corporate deliberation.
The position of Senior Pastor will be governed by a “Call to Service” document covering terms and conditions of this position.
Should the position of Senior Pastor fall vacant, or be known to be about to fall vacant, the elders shall lead the church in a process of discovering the person whom God is leading into the position, following agreed procedures.
Northcross Church is led by a team of between 6 and 12 elders: Christian leaders, members of the church in good standing, held in high regard by the congregation as a whole, who fulfill the qualifications in 1 Tim 3:1-7; Titus 1:6-9.
The elders lead the church in all areas of vision and ministry, leadership and major appointments. They reach their decisions by consensus, through the study of the Scriptures, prayer, honest and respectful discussion and the seeking of wise counsel. The elders endeavor to communicate frequently and openly with the membership, both to inform them of major issues being faced and to seek their feedback and advice, prior to significant decisions being made.