get to know us.
The Short Version
To encourage the next generation to faithfully follow Jesus and find their role in making his name known among the nations.
We emphasize the necessity of the gospel, the centrality of the local church, and God’s heart for the nations.
CROSS CON is for students, young adults, and their leaders.
The Long Version
We are both serious and joyful.
We aim to match the tone 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 care about lasting change.
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 to ground people in God’s Word.
We want those who attend to grow deep theological roots so we instruct through main talks, panels, testimonies, and topical breakouts.
We sing loudly together.
Grasping God’s rich mercy and grace from the Scriptures, we respond with heartfelt praise. Matt Boswell and his band lead us in singing with one voice both new and old theologically rich songs.
We point people to local churches.
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.
We believe everyone has a role to play in the Great Commission.
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 are for students, young adults, and their leaders.
We don’t have a strict age range (anymore). Why? We’ve had so many late 20-somethings reach out and ask us to expand the range. So we did! That said, we think the content will best serve mature high schoolers up through those in their late 20s.
We believe group leaders are instrumental partners.
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 partner only with faithful organizations.
We have an exhibit hall filled with missions agencies, seminaries, and resourcing organizations that are eager to serve.