What IS Servant Ministry?
Servant Ministry begins in the conscience of a congregation and within the walls of a church ... creating a safe and forgiving place for all who seek refuge inside those walls. Servant Ministry then moves beyond the walls to neighborhoods, communities, and to a world in need of healing. More than anything else, Servant Ministry is focused on turning believers into disciples.
We are blessed to be able to share our gifts and resources with our community partners!
Who are our current Servant Partners?
Cross of Life's current partnerships are listed below. These partnerships are always changing, simply because raising up member gifts and connecting meaningfully with the needs and gifts of our partners elsewhere is a constantly evolving process.
CLICK on any of our servant partners below to learn more about them and how you can help!
Agape Community Center is a vital community resource on the northwest side of Milwaukee which offers services, activities, and programs to their neighbors. Working with area churches, the Agape Community Center first began serving community meals in November 1986.
BloodCenter of SE Wisconsin is dedicated to saving and enhancing patients’ lives is central to everything the BloodCenter does. It provides communities with a continuum of care that includes the discovery, diagnosis, treatment and cure of many life-altering health conditions.
Bread of Healing Free Medical Clinic serves the uninsured by providing medical services, pharmaceuticals, dental care and more. Assisted by hundreds of physicians, nurses and area medical students, BOHC sees over 3600 patients annually.
Cross Lutheran Church is a diverse community that welcomes and celebrates all people and where youth are honored. Their mission is to share the Good News of God's love in Jesus Christ, to serve our community and the world and to advocate for justice.
El Salvador is COL's international partnership. Our partner congregation is Cordero De Diós (meaning "Lamb of God") and is in a suburb of San Salvador called Soyapango. Our partner community is Rutilio Grande and is located 30 miles north of the capital city of San Salvador.
Florist Avenue Lutheran Church is committed to "shining the light of Christ in the neighborhood" through programming and is home to a satellite location of the Bread of Healing Clinic. COL assists with the Saturday "Food for the Soul" Lunch Program and the Summer Lunch Program.
Genesis House is a Lutheran Social Services Residential Home serving men who are recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. The home houses 10-12 adult males. COL assists with specific projects as needed, including maintenance tasks during our annual Servanthood Sundays.
Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County works "in partnership with God, volunteers and partner families to enrich our community by building and renovating simple, decent, affordable housing to assist families of limited means achieve home ownership."
Luther Manor Senior Living Community has cared and advoced for seniors for 50+ years. They offer independent housing, assisted living and long-term care options, rehabilitation, adult day care and supportive services, hospice care and community outreach programs.
Waukesha Food Pantry advocates to increase awareness of hunger in the commuity and promote collaborative action to provide food to those in need. COL assists by placing volunteers there and through its Bag Sales that raise money to stock the Pantry shelves.
In addition to the above-named partners, Cross of Life assists a variety of other organizations, including:
Lutherdale Camping Ministries: COL provides financial support in the form of camper scholarships.
Lutheran World Hunger: In 2013, the Servant Ministries Committee directed the entire Lenten offering to Waukesha Food Pantry through Match Day. (Learn how much was raised by clicking here!)
Lutheran College Scholarships: COL contributes scholarship money to COL students who attend ELCA colleges/seminaries.