We aim to match the tone of the conference to the weightiness of the topic at hand. As one of our founders, John Piper, said to a previous gathering at CROSS, “We don’t urge you to come to CROSS to make your life easy. We urge you to come to make your life count.”
We don’t want to manipulate emotions that quickly flame out in unfulfilled expectations, but rather we aim to instruct the conscience for lifelong faithfulness.
We want those who attend to grow deep theological roots so we instruct through main talks, panels, testimonies, and topical breakouts.
Grasping God’s rich mercy and grace from the Scriptures, we respond with heartfelt praise, singing with one voice both new and old theologically rich songs.
An event can be a great tool for discipleship, but it’s not the God-ordained, normal means for Christian growth. It’s for this reason that we encourage all those who attend to dive more deeply into their church after the conference.
Fulfilling the command of Jesus to make disciples of all nations will not be accomplished by a select group of “super Christians.” Every follower has been charged to take part — either as a sacrificial sender or a dedicated goer.
We love that 90% of our past attendees have come with a group leader. Why? Because we believe the best way to experience CROSS is within a community that can encourage continued perseverance and discipleship beyond the last talk.
We have an exhibit hall filled with missions agencies, seminaries, and resourcing organizations that are eager to serve.