Gregg Lawson (MDiv ’13)

Gregg Lawson (MDiv ’13)

Gregg Lawson, a second-year MDiv Pastoral student, is a Pastoral Intern and Outreach Coordinator at Crossroads Church in Ajax. Crossroads, a Canadian Reformed Church plant, intentionally moved to a high-needs area in South Ajax to be present in the community. They meet weekly in a local elementary school and have focused their ministry efforts on the school and its community.

Crossroads has a simple approach; rather than invite people into church, those in the church focus on being present in the context of the community. Gregg notes that they hold events at the school, like the Family Day festival, which are open to the whole school community. When the school needs funds for a club, Crossroads helps to find donors and sponsors. When the school needs volunteers, Crossroads members step forward. “We are a small church yet when they have a need…the Lord has been more than gracious to provide,” Gregg explains.

Gregg notes that the church has to “walk a fine line” when it gets involved in secular arenas, as they attempt to be “sensitive to the culture but bold in proclaiming Jesus in their midst.” Recognizing that many individuals and churches struggle to engage with their neighbours Gregg advises, “Ask God how He wants to change your community and then hold up a mirror… Just do it all in the name of Jesus to be a blessing to others.”

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