Cross Training Confirmation

Information on classes:

During September through May, our Cross Training leaders and students meet on Wednesday nights from 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM at Resurrection. This ministry takes our youth on a four year journey through the Old Testament and the New Testament. They also learn about the life of Jesus, explore basic Lutheran theology, and discuss the challenging questions where life and faith meet.
 
A typical Wednesday night begins with an optional dinner followed by larger group worship with live music, announcements, games, and a lesson. Students then transition to their small group time, led by an adult volunteer, to discuss the evening’s teaching.
 
*Students are assigned to a small group based on grade and gender. Small groups are established for incoming sixth grade students. They will remain in these groups through eighth grade. Students may submit 1-2 buddy requests during registration.*

Cross Training Nightly Schedule:

Optional Dinner – 5:45 PM to 6:15 PM
Large Group Worship – 6:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Large Group Message – 6:30 PM to 6:55 PM
Small Group Time – 6:55 PM to 7:30 PM

Our Cross Training curriculum for 6th – 8th graders:

We run a three year rotation model. Youth are welcome to join at any point during this three year faith development program. If your child is joining at a later time, we will help them get caught up.
 
Old Testament Year – we believe it is important to teach the youth the entire Bible. This starts by reminding youth how God worked and was faithful in the Old Testament. While traveling through the pages, the youth will meet characters such as Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Samson, King David, Daniel, and Jonah – as well as many others. We relate each topic to Jesus and discuss how these stories relate to the world today.
 
New Testament Year – This year connects the youth to the powerful message and life of Jesus Christ. We first walk through the life of Jesus, starting from his birth and up to his death and resurrection. The youth will then dive into the book of Acts to learn about the first church and the Apostle Paul. We end the year discussing some of the great letters found in the end of the New Testament and discuss what they mean for us today.
 
Ten Commandments, Apostles Creed, & The Lord’s Prayer Year –  This year the youth will dig through three important pieces of the Bible. We will open up and dissect each one of these important foundation doctrines, lessons, and prayers of the Christian faith. Together we learn where they came from and ask important questions pertaining to how they relate to us today.

Our Cross Training curriculum for 9th graders:

Students in the ninth grade continue to build relationships with the entire class as well as small groups. They will dive into the exciting Teen Alpha Series. This series is designed to help them continue to ask questions such as, “what does it mean to have faith for myself?” By addressing real life situations and topics teen face, it is our hope they will realize how faith in Jesus Christ can help them in all aspects of life. 
 
Throughout the year, the ninth graders will also be crafting their Faith Statements and reading them to their family and peers at the end of the school year. Lastly, ninth graders are encouraged to attend the Ninth Grade Retreat during the year as well as other fellowship events and service opportunities.
 
Following ninth grade, youth will transition into the High School Life Together program.

Confirmation at Resurrection:

At Resurrection, we want Confirmation to be a special time for our Cross Training students, their families, and their community of faith. We do not hold one large Confirmation each year, instead we hold it individually. 
 
Why individually? We don’t want our youth to view Confirmation as a “graduation” from their faith journey, but rather as a celebration and a welcome into their young adult faith journey. 
 
 
If you have any questions about Confirmation – please contact us at rlc@resurrection-mn.com.

Faithful Servants program & requirements:

All Cross Training students (including ninth grade) are required to participate in the Faithful Servants program. Each student is asked to serve in the position of his or her choice three times during the school year. These positions include, but are not limited to: ushering, greeting, offering, lector, kitchen assistant, or communion assistant. Some students may decide to serve by helping in the nursery or assisting adults in the Pathfinder Sunday School program as well.

Youth Worship Team:

Youth who like to sing or play an instrument are encouraged to be a part of the Youth Worship Team. This group helps lead the youth in worship during Cross Training. Please join us!

What happens next?

After Cross Training, youth will continue using their spiritual gifts and skills they have learned to grow a deeper relationship with God in our High School ministry, Life Together.