The Ministry Training program can be run separate from the Bible Study if leaders are available, or by the Bible Study leader. Students from both levels of the Bible Study can work together on the Ministry Training workshops. This allows greater flexibility in the planning and organization of these events, and more young people will benefit from the input of various leaders.
Graduation certificates are available following the 3 year CROSSzone and 3 year CROSStraining programs. In order for young people to receive certificates at the end of each course or Graduation certificates at the end of the three year programs, the proper records need to be kept. The Children & Youth Discipleship Record can be found in the Ministry Training Handbook.
In order to receive CROSSzone (11-13 yrs) certificates young people are required to: Attend/participate in a minimum of 8 of 10 Bible Study sessions, Complete 2 Ministry Training workshops, one of which should involve planning and participation in a public Sunday service. In order to receive CROSStraining (14-16 yrs) certificates young people are required to: Attend/participate in a minimum of 8 of 10 Bible Study sessions and complete monthly evaluation, Complete 4 Ministry Training workshops, one of which should involve planning and participation in a public Sunday service.Ministry Training is a program of scheduled events (workshops) that provide opportunity for pre-teens and teens to experiment, learn and grow in areas of practical ministry. The Ministry Training Handbook provides over fifty 45 minute workshops with recommended practicums. Although intended for use with the CROSSzone and CROSStraining programs, these workshops can be used by any youth group or Bible Study group to enhance Christian spirituality.
CROSSzone and CROSStraining students are required to complete two to four workshops over a calendar year. Upon completion of each unit of study and the required Ministry Training, a unit certificate may be presented, and after all six units a CROSStraining certificate can be earned.