Is CrossLife an independent church?
We don’t prefer the word “independent” because it can indicate isolation or rugged individualism. We are not independent – we love and need each other within the community at CrossLife. And we love and need other churches and organizations with whom we partner to reach Spartanburg and the world with the gospel.
However, regarding our church government and associations, we are, in essence, an independent church. Though we are an Acts 29 member church, every Acts 29 church is completely autonomous. We are not subject to the hierarchical control of any ecclesiastical or denominational body. Each church is self-governed and determines its own affairs. For example:
North Hills Community Church is a caring community of Christlike disciple-makers. CrossLife Church was planted from NHCC in March 2012 and we continue to hold the church and its leaders in high regard. We benefit greatly from this relationship.
The mission of Acts 29 is to band together Christian, Evangelical, Missional & Reformed churches, who, for the sake of Jesus and the gospel, plant new churches and replant dead and dying churches across the United States and the world. This work is done in obedience to the great commission (Matt. 28:18-20), with the goal as seeing millions of lives changed by the power of the gospel.
Mission Upstate is a partnership of church plants and existing churches centered around the Gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s redemptive mission in the world so that every man, woman and child in the Upstate of South Carolina will be given the repeated opportunity to see, hear and respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ without having to come or go anywhere.