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Who We Are

Welcome 

Thank you for taking the time to visit us.  We hope our website answers your questions...and maybe even raise a few!

Holy Cross is a place that can change lives.  We pray that you will encounter Christ, the Living Word, and in a new way experience His mercy and grace today. Holy Cross is a place that can change lives through the power of the cross. Worship allows you to sing and pray in the language of your heart as God's truth is expressed, His gifts are received, and lives are transformed. Mission outreach opportunities both at home and around the world abound through actual presence of prayer and/or financial support. A growing commitment and practice of equipping the home to be God's powerful tool forming and transmitting faith along with our Christian day school of recognized excellence committed to inculcating a Christian worldview help up, with your participation, to make a Christ-like difference in the world.

We are a congregation and people on a journey -- thankful for what God has done in and through us, excited as we anticipate the personal and congregational blessings yet to be realized.  Whether it is for a lifetime or a short season, we welcome you to join us on this journey.  

Lord God, You have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out in good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that Your hand is leading us and Your love supporting us.  In Jesus' name we pray.  Amen.

Beliefs

Holy Cross is a member of the Indiana District  (http://www.in.lcms.org/)  of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod(https://www.lcms.org).   We partner with over 6,000 congregations throughout the United States and around the world in sharing the message  (https://www.lcms.org/belief-and-practice)  of hope and life given to us by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The following is a simple way to remember and share with others what we believe:

   1. God loves you.  God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

   2. You are a sinner.  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans3:23).

   3. God punishes sin.  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).

   4. Jesus took our punishment.  But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

   5. Jesus rose from the dead.  For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

   6. Jesus offers forgiveness of sins and eternal life to those who believe in Him.  He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"  They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household" (Acts 16:30-31).

   7. Salvation is free--a gift from God.  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Our beliefs have consequences  (link to our values)   for our everyday lives.  God first has loved us.  Therefore, we are forgiven and given the power to (a) love our great God -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- with our entire being, and (b) love others as God has loved us.

Governance

Holy Cross adopted Policy Governance® in 2003.

Policy Governance® is designed to empower Holy Cross' governing board, the Board of Lay Leaders (BLL), to fulfill its obligation of accountability for the responsibilities delegated to it by the Congregation. Policy Governance®  enables the BLL to focus on the larger issues, to delegate with clarity, to control staffs' jobs without meddling, to rigorously evaluate the accomplishment of the organization, and to truly lead the organization.


To fulfill board leadership in this more effective way, the BLL produces four categories of policies in Policy Governance®: (1) Desired Outcomes or policies about Ends that specify the results intended, (2) BLL Self-Governance policies that prescribe how the BLL itself will operate, (3) BLL/Senior Pastor Relationship policies that delineate the manner in which governance is linked to the staff, and (4) policies that limit Senior Pastor authority about methods, practices, situations, and conduct, Moreover, they are policy categories designed for the job of governing, not for the job of managing.


Policy Governance® separates issues of organizational purpose (ENDS) from all other organizational issues (MEANS), placing primary importance on those Ends. Policy Governance boards demand accomplishment of purpose, and only limit the staff's available means to those which do not violate the board's pre-stated standards of prudence and ethics.


The BLL's own Means are defined in accordance with defined roles and responsibilities of the board, its members, the chair and other officers, and any committees the BLL may need to help it accomplish its job. This includes the necessity to "speak with one voice". Dissent is expressed during the discussion preceding a vote. Once taken, the BLL's decisions may subsequently be changed, but are never to be undermined. The BLL's expectations for itself also establishes self-imposed rules regarding the delegation of authority to the staff and the method by which BLL-stated criteria will be used for evaluation. The BLL delegates with care. There is no confusion about who is responsible to the board or for what board expectations they are responsible. At Holy Cross, the BLL holds the Senior Pastor position accountable for accomplishing the Ends or Desired Outcomes consistent with Holy Cross Constitution/By-Laws and BLL Policies. 

You can read more about policy governance at http://www.carvergovernance.com/model.htm.  

Key documents of our governance may be found on the links below:

Constitution

Bylaws

BLL Policy Manual

Holy Cross Ends

Memorandum between Holy Cross and St. Augustine

Mission
History

Holy Cross was born in 1945 amidst a spirit of optimism that accompanied the end of Great Depression economic stagnation and World War II.  At a time when North Anthony Boulevard ended at Crescent Avenue, Coliseum Boulevard did not yet exist, and Charlotte Avenue marked the northern Fort Wayne city limits, St. Paul's Lutheran Church purchased a ten-acre tract of land for $8,000.  Rev. Henry J. Eggold served as our founding pastor.  The seven decades since have been blessed with with growth in mission, ministry, and membership. 

God has blessed this ministry over the years both within our walls and through ventures that have taken us literally around the world.

Our history is summed up well by the opening line of a hymn:  O God, our Help in ages past, our Hope for years to come.