About Cross the Lines
WE DON’T GET TO UNITY BY RUNNING AWAY FROM TENSION, BUT BY ENGAGING IT DIRECTLY.
We exist to equip every church and ministry in America with the tools, relationships, and wisdom to overcome toxic polarization and racial division.
TOXIC POLARIZATION IS DIVIDING OUR COMMUNITIES, AND CHURCHES ARE FINDING THEMSELVES MORE AND MORE ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS IN POLARIZATION AND DIVISION.
- Americans feel increasingly divided in the past ten years
- Partisan animosity has risen in the past 40 years to levels unseen in the modern American era
- There is a convergence of faith and political identities
- Americans are leaving churches at fast rates, especially those who are young
- In 2021, 38% of U.S. pastors had thought about quitting in the previous year* and that number has continued to rise.
AS CHALLENGING AS THE PROBLEMS ARE, THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH IS UNIQUELY POSITIONED TO REVERSE THESE TRENDS AND DRIVE CONNECTION AND UNITY.
- People want and need community.**
- 40% of Americans already feel a sense of belonging to their religious or church community***
- Americans’ faith community is also one of the most cited places where Americans feel their “strongest” sense of belonging (28%)****
- The Church can and must be a beloved community that embodies hope by doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
- How can I stop my church being torn apart by racial division?
- How do we get Democrats and Republicans to see they understand their allegiance to political party is subservient to their relationship with Jesus and listen and learn from one another?
- How do I lovingly deal with an extremist when confronted? How do I avoid being called an extremist when I have moderate views?
- I’m overwhelmed trying to navigate politics and division and just want to preach the gospel, how can I get support?
* 38% of U.S. Pastors Have Thought About Quitting Full-Time Ministry in the Past Year Pastors Share Top Reasons They've Considered Quitting Ministry In The Past Year ** Our Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation. 2023 *** Two Stories of Distrust in America, Dan Vallone et. al., 2021. **** More in Common. Representative survey of 1,200 US adults in November 2020. Margin of error: +/- 3%