Welcome to our May E-Tools Newsletter! This monthly TCC field report also includes helpful outreach resources to encourage and equip you to more faithfully share the Gospel with all the loved ones in your life as we witness for Christ in Canada together.


The 2012 Church Champions Training Team and Graduates

Since The Cross Current was founded in May of 2007, our mission has never changed: The Cross Current (TCC) is a local missions ministry and outreach broadcast bringing glory to God’s Name by unifying His Church in His Gospel and helping pastors equip all Christians under their care to be Christ’s witnesses everyday, everywhere, to everyone, as one body serving in accordance with the various gifts He has given each. This mission has been encapsulated in our three-phrase ministry motto: His Gospel. His Gifts. His Glory.

Right: Steve Hodge, Chris Wagler, and Mike Neels take in the Friday training sessions

Having since personally trained hundreds of Christ-followers across Canada and back from almost every evangelical denomination, the Church Champions Training Retreat was groundbreaking because it gave us a glimpse of the fulfillment of our vision of equipping evangelism leaders to champion the cause of the Gospel in their local churches. And we praise God that our first training retreat hosted a full capacity of participants and also ran so smoothly!

This onsite and offsite outreach retreat was designed to help churches leverage the local missions experience of The Cross Current by equipping leaders to train and sustain their entire churches to normalize sharing the Gospel in all their personal and community relationships.

Right: Jason Lock (left) and Andrew Stevenson (right) share the Gospel with two people in Victoria Park in downtown London

However, the main objective of the retreat was not to “wow” these leaders with mere mountaintop moments of Gospel outreach. Rather, now that our evangelistic iron sharpening relationship together has begun, our commitment as a servant ministry is to continue helping pastors equip their local missions leaders to champion the cause of the Gospel in their churches long-term.

Left: John Agnew (left) and Scott Hutchison (right) pray for a passerby on the streets during an afternoon of Gospel Outreach

Through a combination of seven specialized sessions onsite and two outreach missions offsite, retreat participants from eight local churches were equipped with a field-tested foundation for more faithful Gospel proclamation and then released with a practical plan of church-wide implementation. Further, The Cross Current leaders have committed to following up and following through with the graduates and their churches by journeying together through a common ministry calendar of training times and missions trips over the next twelve months.

Right: Harvest London GO Team member, Hernando Medina (left), prays for a man and shares the Good News of Jesus Christ

Here are a few testimonies from the graduates of the Church Champions Training Retreat:

I feel now that I cannot turn back and I realize the need to go out and preach the gospel because many of the people I talked to had no hope for eternal life because they had no idea about what Jesus did for us on the cross. With God’s grace, I will do my best to show my brothers and sisters in Christ the importance of preaching the gospel and also be faithful to go out and do it, thanks to this training retreat that convicted my heart in the right way. ~ Immaculate Neels

This training retreat has equipped me to be an equipping evangelist. I am now ready to train others to evangelize and evangelize on the streets myself. ~ Mike Neels

Without this training, Ephesians 4:12 would not have made as much sense to me. I believe that the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to that passage, and am grateful that (pastor) Norm spent so much time focusing on the family first concept. Thank you. ~ Steve Hodge

In a nutshell, this retreat has really stoked me up to even be more passionate about the gospel. The area it challenged me in was in my personal evangelism. It’s an area I can grow in! Thanks to all the people involved in this putting this retreat together. It’s been a real blessing to me and, in turn, I want it to be a blessing to our church. ~ Chris Wagler
Congratulations to the seven participants who broke the sound barrier by preaching the Gospel open air for the very first time! We thank God for you and your faithfulness.

Special thanks as well to Harvest Bible Chapel London for partnering with us and for volunteering your Gospel Outreach Teams to train for this retreat.

See more Church Champions Training Retreat pics

Listen to a training retreat session, courtesy of Norm Millar, Senior Pastor of Harvest London


Are you ready to take your church to the extreme?

Click HERE or the image to the right to watch our 2011 Niagara Falls Extreme Team Missions Video

TCC Extreme Team Missions (XTM’s) are local missions day trips into major urban centres for the specific purpose of preaching the Gospel through high volume tracting, one-to-one street witnessing, and open air preaching.

XTM’s allow participants to fully leverage the local missions experience of The Cross Current and receive personal mentoring from some of the most experienced evangelists and open air preachers in Canada.

Not only will XTM’s catalyze your own personal life and witness for Jesus Christ, but these events also provide the team equipping experience you need to continue championing the cause of the Gospel in your own local church.

Extreme Team Missions are coming to Niagara Falls this summer…are you?

2012 Extreme Team Mission Dates & Details

  • July 14th | Niagara Falls, ON
  • August 25th | Niagara Falls, ON

You and your church are cordially invited to experience the power of the Gospel first-hand as we video record encounters in everyday evangelism for TCC TV and Radio at the hottest tourist trap in Canada and the honeymoon capital of the world, Niagara Falls! We’ll be passing tracts, preaching open air, and witnessing 1-2-1.

Enlist in an Extreme Team Mission with The Cross Current

Watch our Extreme Team Missions Video Teaser


TCC Radio equips Christians with truthful answers to tough questions from the studio and eye-opening (unscripted) evangelistic conversation clips from the street.

TCC Radio also facilitates a relational and entertaining way for you to invite the non-Christian in your life to hear the clear and life-transforming truth of God’s Word.

TCC Radio is heard each week on broadcast FM radio and podcast at www.tccradio.com.

More on the various opportunities associated with TCC Radio

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It was five years ago when The Cross Current and TCC Radio arrived on the scene.

Since that time we continue to stand in awe with all the Lord is doing to glorify Himself in and through our leadership team of trainers, preachers, board members, and media technicians.

We thank God for pouring out His great grace upon our ministry and for moving the hearts of all of our supporters, listeners, and prayer warriors to partner with us in our vital mission of preaching the Gospel and equipping the Church to do the same!

Happy Birthday, TCC! But…um…who is that long-haired dude to the right with his face in the radio mic?:)



Let’s continue partnering together to keep our prayer pulse for TCC and the Church in Canada strong!

We humbly ask you, your family, and your church to remember to pray for our busy summer schedule of weekly Gospel preaching and training that kicks off in June.

Continue keeping a pulse on our prayer needs

Bookmark our ministry calendar to continue praying for our local missions

We again thank God for you and your partnership in preaching the Gospel.

For His Glory Alone,

The Cross Current Team


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