CROSS Training

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.                                                      1 Corinthians 1:18

The message we have to bring to the world hasn’t changed in the last 2000 years.  But the world into which we bring that message is ever-changing. This presents churches with opportunities and challenges.

Through Cross Training, individuals and congregations  have access to a wide variety of courses and seminars  that will prepare you to effectively meet these challenges and opportunities.

This online, real-time education provides easy access to a wide range of expertise and wisdom that will nourish your own faith and assist you in the work of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with those you meet.

How it Works:

Using video-conferencing technology, Cross Training brings scholars and practitioners with a wide range of expertise right to your home or congregation.  Individuals or congregations can register for any of the current course offerings or courses in the Cross Training archive.  Students and instructors have real-time, face-to-face interaction, allowing for questions and conversation.

All you need is a computer with high speed Internet access (dial-up, satellite, or wi-fi present some technical issues), a webcam and headset. To offer courses in a small group setting, a projector is useful. Our tech support team is able to assist you with any issues that arise.

To learn how to sign up for Cross Training contact Jon at

CROSS Training – 2023
A CROSS Training webinar typically lasts between one hour and an hour and a half.
“Lay Preaching”  

On Thursday evenings, February 23rd through March 30th, 2023, from 6 to 8pm CT, St. Paul Lutheran Seminary will again be offering Part One of an online course on preaching, taught by Pr. Julie Smith. This six class session is designed for people who may be interested in occasional pulpit supply, as well as those who may be sensing a call to ministry and want to explore a bit. Indeed, this class may be just the thing for those who may sense a call into the ministry. Part Two dates, again for six sessions, will be announced soon.

In addition to the sessions, students are invited to attend a weekly online text study. Classes will be recorded so making up a missed class will be easy. Contact Jon at for more info!