Three young adults arrived recently in the Lansing area to help our church establish a health evangelism ministry that will meet people’s practical needs and develop their hunger for Christ. The three CROSS Trainers—Kimberly Agosto, Elijah Hartman, and Lily Schultz—will be here through May 2022.
CROSS stands for Churches Reaching Out to Serve and Save. These young people are passionate about reaching out to our community and will receive additional training during their time in Lansing. They will train and mentor lay people in personal evangelism and health ministry and will help to coordinate our church’s efforts in those areas, while supporting themselves and making new contacts through literature evangelism.
The CROSS Trainer program is a joint initiative of the Michigan Conference Literature Ministries Department and the Lansing Adventist Church. Its purpose is to accelerate the Lansing Church’s transformation into an Urban Center of Influence for the mid-Michigan area.
“The CROSS Trainers will work in close partnership with the Lansing Family and Lifestyle Medicine Clinic,” says Dr. Kimberly Azelton, director of the clinic, which is in the pre-opening stages. “They will learn how to help patients from the clinic make healthier lifestyle choices and will direct them to the One who can help them live a wholesome life. The CROSS Trainers will then train church members in this important ministry that will help us meet the physical and spiritual needs of the Lansing community.”
The CROSS Trainers have already started their training in the core competencies of Gospel Health Evangelism, which include
Lifestyle Cross Training and Partnering,
Plant-Based Cooking/Nutrition, and
In addition to classroom instruction, the young people will gain practical experience under instructor supervision and will train teams of church members in the competency. This fall, they are working with the attendees of the Renové Health® program. Next spring they will help conduct Lansing’s citywide integrated gospel-medical evangelistic series with Chris Holland.
“Over the eight months of this program, these young people will learn not only the theory of health evangelism but also its application in the local church,” says Pastor Phil Mills. “By motivating, teaching, and mentoring local members, they will play a key role in establishing a long-term health evangelism presence among the Lansing area churches.”
Read on to find out how each of the team members came to be a part of this ministry and what they enjoy doing in their free time.