About Salina and the Community:

Salina, KS, pop. 47,000, is the regional center of north central Kansas for shopping, entertainment, recreation, medical care, and education. Demographics: 85% white, 11% Hispanic, 3% Black, and 1% Asian. Median income: $44,398. Median home price $122,600.

Salina has about 50 churches; 10 (including CrossRoads) at 200+ and 40 smaller churches, 19 city parks, 12 public schools, and 3 Christian schools. 5 colleges also call Salina home; Kansas Wesleyan University (Methodist), Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, University of Kansas Medical School, University of Kansas School of Nursing, and the Salina Area Technical College.

Entertainment venues include the Tony’s Pizza Event Center, a 6,500-seat arena with large exhibition hall, The Steifel Theatre, where big-name entertainers perform en route between Kansas City and Denver. The Salina Symphony and Salina Community Theatre also contribute to the cultural fabric of the city, as does the annual Smoky Hill River Festival, one of the largest music and arts festivals in KS. Salina is also fortunate to have the first-class Rolling Hills Zoo and Wildlife Museum, home to one of only 20 Jane Goodall Primate Centers in the world.

History of CrossRoads:

Pastor Ron Bowell planted CrossRoads in 1998, with the target group being unchurched and dechurched “baby boomers” who liked rock-n-roll music. Church promotion is by advertising on secular radio and a pre-recorded weekly radio show on Sunday mornings, using secular rock songs interspersed with spiritual dialogue to promote Christ and the church. Hundreds have found salvation here through straightforward, unvarnished truth preaching, and weekly altar calls that are always offered. The alcohol and drug recovery community has embraced CrossRoads Church, and we are now sometimes referred to as the “rehab” church.

Our church motto is “church with a difference,” and our theme verse is Jeremiah 6:16: “This is what the LORD says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” Our mission statement is “helping those at the crossroads find and follow the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

CrossRoads is a multi-generational, culturally, economically, and socially diverse congregation of 150 members (and about 300 attenders), with average Sunday attendance at 200+ in one 10:00 AM service in a worship center that has 360 seats.  “Children’s church” held during worship averages 21 (toddlers – 6th grade). A small number of middle and high school students attend mid-week youth group next door at Revolution BIC church (a different demographic). Adult Sunday school (we call it CrossTraining) is at 9:00 AM, prior to worship, and consists of both a book study class and a video/discussion class. Average attendance for both classes combined is about 60.

Ministries and Events:

— The CrossRoads Band. One of the foundations of CrossRoads Church is having a great rock band for worship, which plays contemporary worship music as well as “redeemed” classic rock songs rewritten with new words.

— Celebrate Recovery is a Christian worship service and 12-Step “life recovery” program that meets every Tuesday evening. A fellowship meal is served prior to worship, and program attendance averages about 40 men and women. CR serves Salina and surrounding communities, other churches, the Salina Rescue Mission, and those who are unchurched. CrossRoads has experienced good outreach from CR feeding attendees into the church. CR is self-supporting and not church budgeted.

— Women of Worship is our women’s ministry, offering Bible Studies, social, and special events.

— Men’s Ministry has an on-going video/discussion study group meeting every Wednesday evening.

— Growth Groups provide opportunities to grow in the Word and enjoy Christian fellowship. An on-going Sunday evening growth group discusses the weekly sermon. Other groups are topic specific and meet for a designated period of time, for example: marriage enrichment, overcoming anxiety and depression, and Financial Peace University.

— Operation Christmas Child (Samaritan’s Purse) has been an annual focus for many years, and CrossRoads is a regional collection center for this ministry. Our congregation packs hundreds of gift shoe-boxes for this ministry every year, as well as providing the facility and volunteers during collection week in November.

— CrossRoads Car Show is in its third year in 2020. The funds raised from registrations, food, and raffles are donated to the Youth Group to help cover the expenses of attending Youth Camp in July. It also serves as a great outreach to the unchurched.

— Kingdom Jam is an annual fundraising event held each year on the 2nd Sunday in January. It brings together area worship bands for a diverse afternoon music festival (and outreach). Donations are given in support of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) research and programs.

The CrossRoads Pastoral Candidate:

The CrossRoads Church pastoral search team is seeking a pastor who:

  • Possesses a dynamic preaching and teaching style that is straightforward and easy to understand
  • Supports our “church with a difference” rock band and worship music style
  • Has a passion to bring the hurting and lost to salvation and a changed life through Jesus Christ
  • Can relate to a diverse congregation of mixed social and economic backgrounds, the unchurched, homeless, afflicted, and the hard to love
  • Leads with passion, having a development strategy to foster growth for the church, leaders, and staff
  • Has strong administration and communication skills, with experience supervising staff
  • Understands technology, various sound and video equipment, and strives for high quality in the worship experience
  • Is capable of using multiple social media platforms
  • Is involved in the community through outreach, ministries, agencies, and pastoral associations, collaborates with the area BIC pastors as needed

JOB BEGINS:  8/1/20, full time

To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to Bishop Perry Engle; bicmidwest@bicus.org; 909.985.6117