The developers behind Anthem, Arizona, envisioned a community that would be “heaven on earth” for its residents. Waterfalls surround the entrance and a huge park offers fishing, skating, walking trails, and train rides. In 2001, the National Association of Home Builders named this city in the rolling foothills of Gavilan Peak the “Best Master Planned Community” in the country.
While Anthem’s 30,000 residents enjoy an abundance of schools, recreation centers, and greenbelts, The Crossroads Church invites its community to experience true abundant life at a “crossroads” where they can engage in a faith journey.
The design concept includes the four elements of fire, water, earth, and air. A large fire pit offers warmth for chilly evenings, a playground encourages kids to run and jump, and misters and shade fabric cool the hot desert air. A beautiful outdoor baptistery welcomes new believers to experience living water.
The Crossroads also acquired additional buildings adjacent to its original location, forming a square of facilities surrounding a rectangular courtyard. In the Middle East, paradise is represented by a walled garden, so The Crossroads is transforming this area of drains and concrete into one more concrete example of life for the people of Anthem.