what's the big idea?

CrossWave seeks to equip, challenge, mobilize, and establish an “emerging generation” team of young people (ages 11-20) who want to respond to the Great Commission and follow the Great Commandment. We recognize that young people have the spiritual capacity to follow wholeheartedly after God; they can GO and SERVE now!

CrossWave is an outreach of Gateway Christian Fellowship in Raleigh NC, and operates as a year-round King’s Kids GO Network team in partnership with families coming from over twenty local churches. We follow the discipleship principles from the Youth With a Mission King’s Kid ministry. Our mission is to help kids to know God, to love others, and to make Jesus Christ known to all peoples. In CrossWave, young people are encouraged to develop their relationship with Jesus and to joyfully love and obey Him. They learn to share the good news of Jesus Christ through the performing arts, music, practical service, personal witness, and much more! They are challenged to learn God’s truth, to recognize His voice, and to believe His Word that will transform them through all the situations they face in life. 

Each year's team begins as follows: Students submit applications to join the team in May, then a “Training Camp” is held for four days in August, followed by team meetings one weekend each month throughout the year, ending with a missions trip the following summer. Each weekend event includes Bible study, worship, prayer, practice, outreach, personal devotions, group discussion, fellowship, and fun. We’ll sleep on the floor, clean everything in sight, help each other, make new friends, and learn that life is not about us, but about glorifying the One Who loves and gave His life for us. CrossWave also seeks to enable lasting friendships that provide young people with encouragement and counsel they need as they navigate the rapids kids face during the years of adolescence. 

Typically, CrossWave will minister in a local church's Sunday morning worship service each month, as well as other opportunities God brings throughout the year. Several times during the year there is travel involved, so as a practical matter, we require parents to be involved in the ministry, and to make sure that there is a solid commitment to attend and support each monthly meeting and outreach. 

  • If you are interested learning more about our Mission to Peru, click here.


Our hope is to help a new generation love and enjoy God forever, and to develop new vision to reach the next generation of Christian teens how to know God, love others, and proclaim Jesus to all. As a ministry team, we seek to glorify Christ by developing and exercising our God-given creative skills through speech, music, drama, dance and art. 

By encouraging the next generation to begin their ministries now, we battle the current culture that says “teens are too young to serve God”! 

At CrossWave, teens learn to engage their heart and mind to the work of God that equips, transforms, and calls them to serve. 

And everyone wants to know, "What do you believe?" So here goes:

  1. The Holy Bible is the infallible inspired Word of God, God’s living witness and testimony to the glory of Christ. It is to be trusted and believed as the supreme authority in all matters of faith and practice. All wisdom, guidance and counsel are to be tested according to Holy Scripture…
  2. One living and true God exists in three eternal perfect persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…
  3. Our Lord Jesus Christ, God in flesh, born of a virgin, lived without sin, performed divine miracles, died as a substitute in our place, rose bodily from the dead, ascended to heaven where He rules all creation and prays for His people, and will return to the earth in power to reign forever…
  4. Salvation is the redemption of sinful man; accomplished through the perfect life, sacrifice on the cross, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, being regenerated and filled by the Holy Spirit, received through grace alone, by faith alone, apart from works, for the glory of God alone…
  5. The Holy Spirit indwells each believer, enlightening, equipping and enabling them to believe God, to unite them to Christ, and to live a holy life, sealing them forever with power to witness, serve and exalt the Lord Jesus...
  6. The unity of the Spirit of all believers in partnership for the Gospel, revealed in the Church, the Body of Christ...
  7. The resurrection of the dead to the judgment of Christ, the Unsaved to be consigned to Hell to receive God’s eternal wrath, the Saved be glorified and receive God’s eternal reward in Heaven…
  8. All Christians are called to love God, to love others, and to make disciples in all the nations…

here is our heart

We want to help young people:

  • Treasure, marvel in, and worship Jesus, our Savior and Lord, the perfect revelation of the Father
  • Believe, trust, and delight in God’s Word and Gospel,  transforming thoughts, actions, and desires
  • Love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.
  • Fight every sin, snare, and lie to gain freedom from bondage and pursue God’s righteousness
  • Trust God’s purposes for you, running with courage and endurance while the Spirit yields His fruit
  • Proclaim persuasive answers for everyone who asks why your hope and joy is found in Jesus
  • Passionately proclaim the Gospel to people everywhere, explaining how to find salvation in Christ