Crossroads Program Details
Who Comes To Crossroads & Why?
Crossroads is a Lay Leadership education program, and our courses are for church members who want to enhance their involvement in local congregations and in the community.
Most of our participants are active volunteers within their churches: some are teachers, some current leaders, some participate in a variety of projects, others are involved in ministry within their community.
Each person has a distinctly different sense of God's call in their life that translates into individual passions. If this describes you, the program was structured with you in mind. Most Crossroads participants talk about seeking this program because they want to be better at what they do at their church.
If you are seeking a career in church leadership or counseling, first consult your pastor, board and judicatory representatives about the educational level and degrees you will need for that professional path.
Crossroads is not designed to be a career track. However, we count among our graduates and course participants, two church planters, five ordained clergy seeking specific continuing education refreshers, two current lay licensed pastors, six in process lay licensed pastors, several seminarians, various church staff members, and a parish nurse.
Crossroads is a program of the Continuing Education Department of Moravian Theological Seminary. C.E.U.'s are awarded for attendance at all of our courses and events.
For Crossroads credits to be awarded, participants have to successfully complete both Pass/Fail assignments for that course. Instructors are often willing to work with participants who may need extra help with assignments.
Upon successful completion of all sixteen Crossroads courses and the Community Missional Experience, participants receive a Certificate of Completion for the program. (These are not academic credits and those seeking a particular career within the church are strongly encouraged to speak with their pastors and judicatory representatives as soon as possible to see if Crossroads courses meet their requirements. The purpose of Crossroads is not to prepare people for employment but for missional service.)
Community Missional Experience
In addition to the sixteen Crosroads' courses, a Community Missional Experience is required for completing the program and attaining the certificate.
At this meeting, participants will learn about agencies and select their placement. Scheduling is at the participants choosing. Placements are from a list of approved local, faith-based social agencies such as shelters and soup kitchens.
The Community Missional Experience consists of two parts: 30 hours for the direct client activities and 10 hours for the administrative and understanding how the ministry is funded. The first part is as a Direct Service Provider working with clients such as serving meals or working in the shelter. The second is as an Organizational Observer attending a board meeting and understanding finances including fundraising and grant writing.