NextGen Ministry & Resources

NextGen Ministry

Welcome Back!

We're reopening our ministries! To see the latest, visit our ministry pages below. As of August 30, our Sunday Morning ministry will be fully open using modified plans to keep your children safe. As we move forward, we'll continue to expand what we offer, so stay up to date by checking here often. 

Here's our current Sunday schedule. 

9:30 - Connection for birth-grade 12
11:00 - Ministry for birth-grade 4
11:00 - Worship in Worship Center for grades 5-12

Register birth-grade 6

To best protect each other, we're asking parents to pre-register newborns through grade 6. 

Click here to register birth-grade 6 (open Monday-Wednesday).

Click below to find information about NextGen ministry plans. 

Preschool Kids Students 

 

What Is NextGen Ministry?

NextGen Ministry seeks to partner the church and family to help lead the Next Generation to Christ. It includes our Preschool, Kids and Student Ministries.

How Do We Partner Together? We Do That in Two Ways...

1) We use a strategy to spiritually grow kids. It Includes benchmarks for each “phase” of childhood.

2) We offer resources that help families grow spiritually.

Whether a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle has the responsibility for the spiritual growth of a child, we are here to help!

What is our strategy?

It's simple. It starts with two individual influences in a child’s life HOME & CHURCH

Alone, these two work hard to ensure that every child has a BETTER FUTURE

But when they’re combined, the home and church will have a GREATER IMPACT

Cathy Jones

Preschool Minister

 

Cathy and her husband Gary just celebrated 41 years of marriage and have four children and seven grandchildren. She graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Religious Education and Childhood Development. Cathy has been in Preschool/Children’s Ministry for 28 years, and 14 of those have been at Cross City. She loves trains, sewing, crafting, football and reading a good book, but spending time with Gary and any assortment of kids and grandkids makes her heart the happiest. Contact Cathy at or 682-438-5041.

Vision for Cross City Preschool Ministry

Awana Core Principles

1. An Awana Ministry is centered on the gospel.
2. It is high spiritual content.
3. It is fun and exciting for young people.
4. It is built on strong leadership.
5. It trains children and youth to serve.
6. It strengthens the church/parent partnership.
 

The Gospel Project

The Gospel Project takes kids on a Christ-centered, chronological journey through Scripture. Kids will discover how the gospel unfolds from Genesis through Revelation. When kids truly experience the gospel, their hearts are transformed. It is the gospel, not good behavior, that changes everything.

 

Chris Burton

Kids' & NextGen Pastor

 

Chris has been married to Amy for 26 years. They have 5 children and 2 grandchildren. Chris has a degree in Pastoral Ministries, as well as a Master of Divinity in Psychology & Counseling and Biblical Studies from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, he has 20+ years of experience in Children’s ministry. Chris has been on staff at Cross City since 2012. He loves hunting, fishing and college football, especially LSU football.

Contact Chris at or cell: 318-789-8420

Vision for Cross City Kids Ministry

We are to...
• Affect the children of our community with the message of Christ’s love.
• Encourage children to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and become part of our church family.
• Foster growth in their relationship with Jesus Christ and His Word.
• Facilitate skill-building through relevant biblical teaching, positive role-modeling, and esteem building.
• Prepare children to discover their uniqueness and eventually God’s mission for their lives.

Sunday Morning Schedule

9:30 am
Grades 1-4: Choose between Awana and Bible Drill
Grades 5-6: Gospel Project

11 am
Grades 1-4: Gospel Project

Awana Core Principles

1. An Awana Ministry is centered on the gospel.
2. It is high spiritual content.
3. It is fun and exciting for young people.
4. It is built on strong leadership.
5. It trains children and youth to serve.
6. It strengthens the church/parent partnership. 

The Gospel Project

The Gospel Project takes kids on a Christ-centered, chronological journey through Scripture. Kids will discover how the gospel unfolds from Genesis through Revelation. When kids truly experience the gospel, their hearts are transformed. It is the gospel, not good behavior, that changes everything.

I need to make the wise choice. I can trust God no matter what. I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

Bible Drill

Bible Drill is a Southern Baptist Convention program involving children, youth, and high school students in systematic memorization and location of certain Scriptures. There will be church-wide, state-wide and national competitions in the Spring.

Register for Bible Drill 

Preteen Competencies

Our curriculum allows us, the church, to incorporate our own benchmarks into what we’re learning each week. By the time your child completes 6th grade in Cross City Kids they will be able to do the following:

Know and locate the books of the Bible, their basic grouping, specific passages and key biblical people and events.
Learn and share the truth of the Gospel message.
Learn and use spiritual gifts.

Establish and practice spiritual disciplines.

 

Matt Stephens

Student Minister

Matt grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a Pastoral Ministry degree. Matt has served in various student ministry roles for nearly eight years, including internships and Student Pastor positions at traditional Baptist and multi-site churches. His wife, Rachel, is an RN who teaches health science courses to high school students. She attended Colleyville Heritage High School and is excited to help reach students in our area. Matt and Rachel have one child named Henry.

Vision for Cross City Student Ministry

The Gospel Project 

Takes students on a Christ-centered, chronological journey through Scripture. Students will discover how the gospel unfolds from Genesis through Revelation. When students truly experience the gospel, their hearts are transformed. It is the gospel, not good behavior, that changes everything.

Bible Drill

Bible Drill is a Southern Baptist Convention program involving children, youth, and high school students in systematic memorization and location of certain Scriptures. There will be church-wide, state-wide and national competitions in the Spring.

Register for Bible Drill