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- Attending the Men at the Cross weekend in February in Denver, Colorado, the Heart quadrant teaching in July and staffing at the October weekend in Louisville, Kentucky represent some of the most important milestones in my Christian life. They were all truly life changing events. I have been able to gain victory over some areas in my life I have struggled with since childhood. My wife attended Women at the Cross this past spring and together we are able to discuss difficulties in our marriage in a new and more productive way with a new perspective. Staffing with my son in October was a very special experience that brought us both even closer in our relationship. The major reason I attended the February weekend was because of the testimony of my son’s experience at his weekend as “life changing”.Steve Harbin
Scott and I married in October of 2004. It was a second marriage for both of us with three kids between us, and we lived happily ever after. The end.
Well, OK…maybe it didn’t actually go down like that. Here’s our story.
Scott and I married in October of 2004. With stars in our eyes and hearts thumping out of our chests for each other, we took the plunge into marriage with nothing but love and positive outcomes for the future dancing in our heads. Cue the mentally ill son, the vindictive ex-wife, the overly dramatic toddler, the socially unattached other son, the fact that we were step-parents, the wounds and perceptions from past marriages, the decision to adopt older children out of foster care, and BOOM we found ourselves in a deep pit of daily chaos and an escalating pile of resentment for each other and our circumstances.Scott and Heather Papay
I went through Women at the Cross in April of 2012. My brother had gone through Men at the Cross previously, and his wife was going, so I signed up to go with her, thinking it would be fun to spend a weekend with her. I was living in a shell, hiding from everyone and everything, including God. I came home from that weekend with answers about who I am to God, ways to identify the lies I was telling myself and believing about myself and tools to help heal some of the relationships within my family. Many members of my family have gone through the weekend since and I enjoy a deeper more authentic relationship with several of them. I have staffed every Colorado WATC since, and have also attended the alumni weekends. I continue to staff in order to help other women receive the healing I have, to keep fresh the truths that are taught throughout the weekend and to link arms with other women who desire the same. I am often amazed at the transformation that has taken place in me over the last three years. The alumni weekends have been so helpful in understanding my emotions, and what being centered looks like. I was encouraged this past weekend to see how I have become more centered in my sage, and am learning to be more centered with my responses to life.Jessica Dennis
- Facilitating the Living in Truth Small Group this Fall has been a great experience for us. For eight weeks, we watched our group struggle through confusion, experience pain, have incredible connection with their spouse, gain understanding, make breakthroughs and connect to joy and gratitude. Couples experienced a new freedom and lightness that was palpable in their marriages. The group ended with hope and gratitude and with the couples experiencing significant movement toward each other and God.Daniel and Tasha Herron
Brian and Cara live in Louisville, KY with their four children, where Brian is senior pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church. Brian is also the founder of the ministry Practical Shepherding. For more information about Practical Shepherding, check out their website at www.practicalshepherding.com.
Cara – Last year I found myself at one of the lowest points of my life. I had been struggling with a deep, dark depression that just would not seem to lift. To say that I was overwhelmed with life is an understatement. I was desperate. I had prayed and sought God but He seemed silent, distant, cold, and uncaring. When I came to Women at the Cross, it was a last attempt at trying to find God in the midst of this darkness. I came desperate for at least a sign that maybe He still cared for me, that maybe He had heard my cry, that maybe I could feel something other than emptiness. I came begging for crumbs with my soul starving.Brian and Cara Croft
The Cross Ministry Group is a Christian organization dedicated to providing growth opportunities for men, women, couples & youth. We invite you to take a moment to explore some of the ministry opportunities available to individuals, couples, men’s and women’s groups, churches and other ministries.
MEN AT THE CROSS
Men at the Cross is an intensive experiential men’s weekend that began in Denver, Colorado in 2003. Men from around the United States have come to experience a unique encounter with God andother men. Men at the Cross is a part of The Cross Ministry Group, a non-profit ministry. It is a weekend retreat designed for men who are desiring to grow in depth in their relationship with God, their families and others. This weekend is designed with the intent to provide men a weekend experience that goes deeper than just head knowledge. Men at the Crossis an intensive experience where men get to the heart of things in their lives. [ READ MORE ]
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WOMEN AT THE CROSS
Women at the Cross is a weekend retreat designed for those who long to walk in the fullness of who they are as women created in the image of Christ. The retreat offers opportunities for women to become more present to who they are, to connect with other women and ultimately, to connect more intimately with God. Through a series of short teachings and interactive experiences women are drawn into an awareness of their deepest longings and what might be blocking their fulfillment.Where do we discover our true identities? By what means can we enter into a life of freedom where we are centered in God and rooted in love and power? The answer: At the foot of the Cross of Jesus. At the Cross, we find grace to forgive others and receive forgiveness. At the Cross, we are established in love. Love that overcomes our fears. At the Cross, the image of God within is renewed and we are liberated to be the people that God has called us to be.
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SERVING THE CHURCH
It is our mission to serve the local church. The Cross Ministry Group offers a variety of services for the local church. We have one day seminars for men, women or couples; mini retreats for men or women; as well as training opportunities for church staff and leadership. Check out some of the options below for more information.