“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.” Micah 5:2 __________
The statistics of the Roxbury/North Dorchester area are remarkable:
The Dudley area of Roxbury/North Dorchester is one of the poorest neighborhoods in Boston. Approximately 32% of the area's population falls below the poverty level.
The median family income for the area is $29,400 with a per capita income of $7,600 compared to nearly $16,000 for the City of Boston as a whole. The unemployment rate is around 16%.
This diverse community of African American (37%), Latino (29%), Cape Verdean (25%) and White (7%) residents has a remarkable reservoir of resident leadership, talent, spirit, and determination.
In a vibrant university town, Dudley Street is still in many ways a ‘neighborhood in the shadow’. Yet, we embrace the possibilities. God has A DREAM FOR DUDLEY! For us, Dudley Street area is the womb of a movement of the spirit all across town. The Uphams/Dudley Street area is generating a revival of hope and community renewal that is unlike any other in the region. It is obvious to us that awakening new and fresh church planting movements is the way to meet the needs of this growing portion of Boston. By being incarnational in our community, present at community events, speaking with Uphams/Dudley neighbors, investing in the revitalization of this urban village, learning the history of this community, and prayerwalking the Dudley Street and Crosstown area, we are convinced that God is preparing to do something great for His name in this area that will impact neighborhoods and even nations.
We Are A Movement of the Spirit~ CrossTown Church is a new cross-cultural community of faith in Boston's inner-city committed to being a living kingdom expression by connecting individuals, families, and communities through the transforming power of the Cross.
CrossTown Church seeks to create kingdom environments among families and communities within the I-495 corridor, by growing a cross-cultural church planting movement, one neighborhood at a time, beginning in Boston's 3-mile inner-city area of Crosstown.
Our church is not just about a weekly service on a Sunday morning or an occasional Bible study. It is about a movement of the Holy Spirit! We are a community of faith sharing our lives together throughout the week as well. Our community may offer weekly meetings, support groups and mission trips, but these are just the outward signs of life of this "Body of Christ."