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About Cross Winds


Cross Winds' Purpose is to be Christ to all by:

  • Inviting everyone into a grace-filled relationship with God
  • Disciplining people on their faith journey
  • Healing hurts in a broken world

Scriptures to support our purpose: 

  • The Great Commandment - Matthew 22: 37 - 39 - Love God - Love People
  • The Great Commission - Matthew 28: 19-20 - Make disciples of all - I am with you
  • Healing a Broken World - Matthew 25: 35-40 - Serving the stranger, the sick, the prisoner is serving Christ

A Brief History of Cross Winds United Methodist Church

September 20, 1992 was the official date of charter for Cross Winds UMC opening our doors with 129 people. 

The original mission statement was: "Drawn together to Share The Good News!  The four points of the compass offer a captivating image of the vision of Cross Winds Church.  Cross Winds United Methodist Church will:"

  • N for Nurture - We believe all people have a deep spiritual hunger that only God can satisfy. We respond to God’s call by seeking fellowship with one another, developing our relationship with God, and building a caring community of faith.
  • E for Evangelize - We believe we are called to share the Good News of God’s love and salvation with others through Jesus Christ. We embrace our responsibility each in our own way, each with the gifts we have been given to share the Gospel with others through our thoughts.
  • W for Worship - We believe we are called to individual and corporate worship. We encourage all people to join us in praising God whenever and wherever two or more gather and to support individual growth through personal prayer, devotion, and Christian activities designed for children, youth and adults to worship together.
  • S for Serve - We believe we are called by Christ to minister and serve those in our community, our nation, and our world. We accept the challenge to reach out in Christian love through mission and service to share our gifts with others and to pay forward God’s promise to our community.

The roots of our mission statement and values, “Drawn together to Share Good NEWS" was created when Pastor Dan Johnson was packing for a BWCA (canoe) trip.  He pulled out a compass and realized that the four point of the compass spelled out NEWS.  It instantly clicked that the compass should become the symbol representing our mission and core values. 

During Cross Winds Expansion in mid 2000, each person received a small rock to be carried reminding us that Jesus Christ is our rock – the cornerstone upon which our church is built.  The rocks reminded us to be praying for God’s will to be done.  

In that light, Cross Winds has always welcomed the community into our building, and the community has responded!  The building has been used over the years for pre-schools, CROSS Community Players performances, Boy Scout meetings, Business Networking (BNI) meetings, all conference trainings, nationally recognized speaker engagements, and so much more!

In the same vein, we have partnered with the City of Maple Grove from 2005 to present to be host for park and ride commuters using daily bus service to downtown Minneapolis.  

The children's, youth and family vision at Cross Winds has always been at our core.  Kids are getting to know that God is their friend and loves them very much, and that they are Made in His image!  The thriving birth-twelfth grade program has always grown and changed to meet the needs of families.

Cross Winds is seeing growth in worship attendance, and there is a positive vibe – the Holy Spirit as Joy – that dominates the fellowship times. 


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