What We Believe
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Madison Avenue Crossroads Community Ministries
Thomas J. Henion, Executive Director
Madison Avenue Crossroads Community Ministries, Inc. (MACCM) was formed in 1997 as the outreach and service arm of Madison Avenue Christian Reformed Church of Paterson, NJ (est. 1910). The Reverend Dr. John A. Algera has been serving as Pastor of Madison Avenue Christian Reformed Church for the past 35 years.
MACCM helps to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the members
of the community by responding to those needs with community-based and
designed solutions and strategies in a way that helps people help
themselves. Believing that true transformation of lives comes only from
the power of Jesus and His word, we design strategies and programs
which focus on the needs of children, youth, teenagers,
individuals, and families to spread the Gospel message and to alleviate
the conditions of hunger, poverty, illiteracy, under-education,
unemployment, homelessness, addictions, family crisis and other needs
within our community.
needs . . .
transforming lives . . .
We share in word and
deed the heart of God in service for and with the poor and oppressed. We
are servants to and with our community, teaching those served how to
serve. “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who
being in very nature God, did not count equality with God something to
be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a
servant.” (Philippians 2:5-7).
Just as Jesus is our
advocate with the Father, we will defend, encourage, support and
champion individuals and their rights within our ministries (and
community). “Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high.
My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf
of a man he pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend.” (Job
We help people and
communities help themselves, solve their own problems, use and develop
their own resources, and develop as leaders; educationally,
economically, politically, socially and spiritually. “Now to him who is
able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to
His power that is at work with within us, to him be the glory in the
church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and
ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21).
We believe true
transformation of people comes through reconciliation to God through
Jesus Christ and to each other, bridging all racial, cultural, economic,
geographic and social barriers. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he
is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from
God, who reconciles us to himself through Christ and gave us the
ministry of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18).