This is such an exciting time for you and we are so honored that you are considering Crossroads Baptist Church as the place for your wedding. In constructing our new building, our people were committed to building a house of worship that would also be a very special place to host weddings. Hopefully, you will find everything that you need to know in our Wedding Manual. It has been prayerfully put together by those who have been a part of many special wedding events.
A Christian wedding is a sacred occasion. Crossroads Baptist Church believes a Christian wedding is more than a ceremony. It is a worship celebration uniting a man and a woman who have put their faith in Jesus Christ and are committed to living in accordance with Scriptural principles. It is a public statement that the bride and groom want Jesus to be the Lord of their new life together.
As you make your marriage commitment, you enter a covenant relationship that pictures God’s covenant with His people. A covenant is an agreement one person makes with another in a solemn vow before God. Entering into such a covenant is sacred and holy unto the Lord. Our church regards any other rationale for a church wedding as secondary, and by itself insufficient to justify the use of the Crossroads facilities.
Crossroads is committed to using our facilities to establish and encourage biblical marriages. We are not a wedding chapel. Our focus is more on biblical marriages than beautiful weddings. While we want you to have a beautiful wedding, a Crossroad wedding must also represent a commitment to biblical marriage on the part of the couple.
God’s Word and our Bylaws founded on biblical precepts, define who can be married at CBC.
Section 6. Our Statement on Marriage, Family, and Sexuality:
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male and female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s genetic sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
We believe that the term “Marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in the Bible. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage. CBC will only recognize marriages between a man and a woman who are defined according to our Creator God’s original DNA gender designation of male or female (Psalm 139). Therefore, in fulfillment of God’s plan as revealed in the Bible, the ministers and staff of CBC shall only participate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one adult man and one adult woman. The facilities and property of CBC will only host or support weddings between one adult man and one adult woman. All resources of CBC will be utilized in a manner consistent with our be-liefs including the Biblical standard of marriage in the precepts set forth in Matthew 19:4-6.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality is sinful and offensive to God (I Corinthians 6:9-11, Leviticus 18, Romans 1:26-27). “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.” (Titus 2:11-12)
Ideally, a Crossroads minister will be the primary officiating minister at weddings at CBC. In special cases, other CBC pastor approved ministers (whose beliefs are consistent with the mission and vision of Crossroads Baptist Church) may be involved in the ceremony as the officiating minister.
Regardless of who officiates the wedding, it will be a CBC minister who approves the wedding to take place at Crossroads and is responsible for overseeing the marriage preparation process.
It is the responsibility of the couple to schedule and make arrangements to meet with a Crossroads pastor for wedding approval. (Until this is completed your requested date will be considered tentative.)
Crossroads is committed to helping couples build strong marriages based on Biblical principles. We see our role as far more than a wedding chapel and want to provide biblical support in help-ing each couple prepare for a life long covenant.
Everyone desiring to be married at Crossroads Baptist Church or at an off-site location by a Crossroads minister must complete (as a couple) the required six hours of pre-marital counseling. This is offered by Crossroads ministers at no charge. Pastor-approved wedding officiants may conduct the majority of the counseling.
Appointment scheduling and arrangements are the responsibility of the couple and appointments need to be scheduled during church office hours.