Who we are

bring­ing oth­ers to the cross …
… tak­ing up our own.


But God for­bid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is cru­ci­fied unto me, and I unto the world. : : GALATIANS 6:14



CrossTrain­ing is the Oak Ridge Bap­tist Church Teenage Min­istry. Its desire is to cre­ate an envi­ron­ment for teens we don’t know to be intro­duced to Christ and to cre­ate a work­able envi­ron­ment for teens involved with us to receive the Word through dis­ci­ple­ship and preaching.

The Cross Train­ing con­cept com­mu­ni­cates teach­ing ORBC teens the impor­tance of the cross. Because of the cross, we work and live. Because of the cross, we gather on Sun­days and Wednes­days. It is because of the cross that we are what we are. Cross Train­ing describes briefly the pur­pose of our youth min­istry. Cross Train­ing to me is the busi­ness we are in. It is teach­ing teens the supremacy of the cross in every area of their life. I believe that no one can think too much on the cross, because at the cross there is deep con­vic­tion, hum­ble servi­tude, heav­enly awe, sal­va­tion and desire to evan­ge­lize. Cross train­ing comes from the idea of bring­ing oth­ers to the cross and teach­ing our teens to take up their crosses. This will be the theme for the group, and it fits appro­pri­ately under Oak Ridge Bap­tist Church’s theme “Declar­ing Christ in the com­mu­nity. Devel­op­ing Believ­ers in the church.“


Cross Train­ing meets at var­i­ous times and places. It may be on a field after an activ­ity, it may be in a bus on a trip, or it may be at our Bethel Val­ley Road prop­erty. How­ever, the nor­mally sched­uled meet­ings are on Sun­day morn­ings at 10:00am, and Wednes­day nights at 7:00pm in the Cross Train­ing room (down­stairs at the end of the hall­way on the right) at Oak Ridge Bap­tist Church.


Any­one grades 7–12 is invited to attend. We encour­age every teen of our church in this age group to come to every meet­ing, and to invite their friends. If a ride sit­u­a­tion is a prob­lem, please see Pas­tor Jon or Beth. We wel­come peo­ple who have never been to our church before; in fact, it is won­der­ful to have new peo­ple. The lessons are rel­e­vant to teenager’s lives, grounded and com­pletely tied to the Word of God.


We pri­mar­ily serve the Lord Jesus Christ, and we believe that we are to glo­rify Him in all we do. The lead­ers of Cross Train­ing are Pas­tor Jon and his wife Beth. They over­see all the plan­ning, sched­ul­ing and run­ning of the activ­i­ties. We have sev­eral other helpers that work tire­lessly to see Cross Train­ing suc­ceed in the life of your teenager. These ded­i­cated ser­vants make up the Youth Staff for Cross Train­ing. Cur­rently, we have two cou­ples and a sin­gle work­ing for Cross Training.

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Listening Up


Whether there­fore ye eat, or drink, or what­so­ever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (I Corinthi­ans 10:31)

1 Corinthi­ans 10:31 gives us our stan­dard of mea­sure­ment for every­thing we do. Our goal will be to adhere to and fol­low the stan­dard of God-glorification in every area of our ministry.


And these words, which I com­mand thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them dili­gently unto thy chil­dren, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walk­est by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou ris­est up. (Deuteron­omy 6:6–7)

Cross Train­ing is a family-based pro­gram for assist­ing par­ents in grow­ing God-centered teenagers. We will pro­vide oppor­tu­ni­ties for spir­i­tual growth and com­mit­ment, as well as out­lets of ser­vice and fel­low­ship. In Deuteron­omy 6:6–7 God gives the Cross Train­ing min­istry of Oak Ridge Bap­tist Church its pri­or­ity. Cross Train­ing does not under­mine the min­istry of the par­ent in the life of the teenager; in fact it places it of impor­tance. We believe our min­istry is one of coop­er­a­tion in bring­ing your teenager to a closer rela­tion­ship with Jesus Christ.


If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sit­teth on the right hand of God. Set your affec­tion on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colos­sians 3:1)

We will empha­size a Bib­li­cal world­view, a per­sonal rela­tion­ship with Jesus Christ, and a pre­em­i­nence of God and His Word. I want the teens of Oak Ridge Bap­tist Church to think through the frame­work of the eter­nal. The desire is for every teenager to “seek things above.” Colos­sians 3:1


But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: (2 Corinthi­ans 4:3)

Every oppor­tu­nity will be taken and uti­lized to fur­ther the gospel in the life of your teen and those we come into con­tact with. We will also seek to cre­ate Gospel think­ing teenagers. Cross Train­ing is the desire to bring oth­ers to the cross and to teach believ­ers to take up their cross.


  1. Where we are going
  2. Oak Ridge Bap­tist Church
  3. Where We’re At
  4. What we do
  5. Atone­ment

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