Who Are We?
Crossways International (CI) is a non-profit, interdenominational ministry established in 1979 by Australian pastor, Dr. Harry Wendt. We are committed to fostering biblical literacy, and offer a variety of workshops and effective study materials designed to equip people to understand the written Word, so they might better come to know, believe in, and follow the Living Word, Jesus the Messiah.
Where Can You Find Us?
Although CI is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, our materials are being used in more than 45 countries. To date, more than 35,000 pastors, teachers, and leaders from all denominations have been trained to use them—15,000 in South Korea alone. CI regularly conducts teaching workshops throughout the United States and around the world.
What Is Our Purpose?
Our goal is to help people grasp the one big story that unfolds in the pages of the Bible—and to see all the threads that weave their way through the biblical narrative from beginning to end. We are convinced that it is impossible to appreciate fully the enormous impact of Jesus’ life and ministry—and understand the implications for our lives today—without seeing Him in the political, historical, and religious context of His day.
Who Are We Here For?
CI is here to equip clergy, teachers, lay-leaders, students, parents—anyone with a heart for Christian discipleship—with practical, field-tested tools that, in turn, help others to know and share the mind, message, and mission of Jesus. Our versatile courses can be used for adult and youth education programs, sermon material, family faith development, and many other applications.
What Distinguishes Our Teaching Resources?
All course materials from Crossways International incorporate specially designed teaching graphics that boost the student’s ability to grasp—and then remember, share, and apply—key faith concepts. Furthermore, the materials take a “big picture” approach to understanding the full sweep of the biblical narrative, helping people tie all their “bits and pieces” of Bible knowledge together into a cohesive whole.
What Can You Expect?
We hear it all the time. People refer to it as an “a-ha!” experience. When people begin to understand Jesus within the sweep of the biblical narrative—to connect the dots between the Old and New Testaments—they begin to understand how radical He was…and still is! Like the disciples of old, their eyes begin to open—along with their hearts. They understand what it means to belong to a Kingdom where the King is a foot-washing servant—a servant-without-limit.
How Does Visual Learning Make a Difference?
CI’s materials make use of hundreds of graphics, which serve as a kind of “visual vocabulary” for Bible study. Although it may take a little time to become familiar with the symbols, they are a highly effective tool to help people understand, remember, and ultimately apply the Bible’s lessons to real life. Furthermore, the teaching graphics communicate effectively where language barriers might exist; for example, in ministry to the deaf, prison outreach, and in multicultural or polylingual congregations.
Who Can Teach CI's Courses?
You can! Pastors and lay-people say it is a joy to teach these materials. We provide all the help we can, with training workshops, leader’s manuals, audio CDs and DVDs. And we provide free telephone support for questions about course content and teaching methodology. Call us toll-free at 1-800-257-7308—we’re here to help you!
If you are looking for advice or mentoring, you may contact one of our Area Representatives. Click here for a rep in your area.
What Are the Costs?
Crossways International is a non-profit ministry. We strive to keep our prices as low as possible. Materials costs start as low as a few dollars and vary depending on the curricula selected.
How Can You Get Started?
Call us toll-free at 1-800-257-7308 to learn more, or browse this website. Discover how enriching—and easy!—it is to teach one of our short courses. And if you really want a jump-start on your journey through the complete biblical narrative, talk to us about registering for one of our workshops. It could change your life, your ministry, your church, your community, your world!