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 – 2022
A CROSS Training webinar typically lasts between one hour and an hour and a half.
“Lay Preaching”  

On Thursday evenings, July 28th through Sept. 1st, 2022, 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 begins on October 27th, again for six sessions.

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!

Revive Us Again!

St. Paul Lutheran Seminary is offering a course with many helpful ideas to bring life back to your congregation! Pastors cannot do it alone…. a congregation-wide effort using biblical principles is needed. Learn together and bring your bible!

Beginning September 12, 2022, Pr. Bradley Hales will teach the course “Renewing the Local Church.” Pr. Hales is the pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church, Culpeper, VA; the Director for Renewal for the North American Lutheran Church, and author of “Reviving the Aging Church.”

The class will run for six weeks on Monday evenings beginning September 12th via Zoom. You will delve into the root causes of congregational stagnancy and decline and learn about biblical ways that the church can be revived for His purposes.

The cost of this course is $50 for one person; $100 for two or more from the same congregation. It is not necessary for everyone from the same church to meet together for each session. The classes will be recorded, and the recordings made available to attendees for review or in case of an absence.

Although this course is intended for the laity, pastors are encouraged to join them in the sessions as a group so that you can discuss renewal together following the sessions.

Contact to register or use the Contact Us form to request.