2nd Year Bible School

Through in-depth biblical study and training within an intentional community and cross-cultural setting, our 2nd year program is designed to help you grow further in your life with Christ and being a 'torchbearer' to the world which desperately needs the light of the gospel.

2nd Year Bible School

Through in-depth biblical study and training within an intentional community and cross-cultural setting, our second year program is designed to help you grow further in your life with Jesus Christ and being a 'torchbearer' to the world which desperately needs the light of the gospel.

Course Overview

 
Our second year program is for anyone who has completed a first year Bible school at any Torchbearers center and desires further study, training and ministry experience in a cross-cultural setting. We like to compare this program to the image of a set of train tracks. One rail is the Word - learning, studying and discussing. The other rail is practical service - serving one another and going on outreach. The track underneath the rails is the community, serving as a solid foundation - experiencing the indwelling, transformational life of Christ together. It is here, in this intense, life-giving and life-receiving community that spiritual formation takes place. This program is conducted in English only.

Rail One: The Word
For over 70 years, the central thrust of Torchbearers around the world has been the indwelling life of Christ found through the study of the Scriptures. Because of the small group size of our second year program, there is great potential for learning and studying together. The teaching format involves more discussion and time with teachers and staff. Outside of the classroom, there are focused times for students and staff to study Biblical subjects together, have book studies and work on assignments together.

Rail Two: Practical Service
Students will work alongside Albanian church leaders by serving in local churches both in Erseka and in surrounding village ministries. They will also have more responsibility in the school - living alongside and encouraging the first year students and leading by example.
 
The Foundation: Life in Community
At Crossroads, one of our principles is doing life together. Students will work and live closely with the leaders of the other Erseka ministries. Young Albanian and international leaders spearhead ministries to orphans and marginalized children through tutoring and a dynamic soccer ministry. Second year students will help deliver meals to elderly shut-ins and tutor Albanian children who are falling behind in school.

Location: Albania, Greece & Israel

The Second Year Bible School is an incredible opportunity to go deeper into the Scriptures and  develop your walk with Christ in a cross cultural, missional context. You will live on campus in Erseka, Albania, but will also travel inside and outside of Albania working alongside the local church and missionaries.

Students will visit and study in Athens, Corinth, Philippi, Berea and Thessaloniki to learn more about Paul’s missionary journeys and the early church, first hand.

A trip to Israel will be planned during the second semester. Students will walk where Jesus, Peter, Jeremiah and Hezekiah walked. Imagine yourself on a boat on the Sea of Galilee together with your fellow students (but walking in Jesus’ footsteps at this point may be more difficult)!

*With the current situation in Israel, this trip may not be possible. If not, we will go to Rome where we will see the Vatican, the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, the early church Catacombs and other major ruins and sites from the time when Paul and Peter were there. This also is an amazing once-in-a-lifetime trip!

Locations:
Albania, Greece & Israel

The Second Year Bible School is an incredible opportunity to go deeper into the Scriptures and  develop your walk with Christ in a cross cultural, missional context. You will live on campus in Erseka, Albania, but will also travel inside and outside of Albania working alongside the local church and missionaries. Students will visit and study in Athens, Corinth, Philippi, Berea and Thessaloniki to learn more about Paul’s missionary journeys and the early church, first hand.

A trip to Israel will be planned during the second semester. Students will walk where Jesus, Peter, Jeremiah and Hezekiah walked. Imagine yourself on a boat on the Sea of Galilee together with your fellow students (but walking in Jesus’ footsteps at this point may be more difficult)!

*With the current situation in Israel, this trip may not be possible. If not, we will go to Rome where we will see the Vatican, the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, the early church Catacombs and other major ruins and sites from the time when Paul and Peter were there. This also is an amazing once-in-a-lifetime trip!

2023-2024 Dates and Fees

Two terms (from end of September through end of March).
1st Term: September 18, 2023 - December 15, 2023 (13 weeks) 
2nd Term: January 6, 2024 - March 29, 2024 (12 weeks)

Cost for both terms: 6,400 Euros for international students and 120.000 Lek for Albanian students. Cost covers all course fees, food, lodging and school trips.

2024-2025 Dates and Fees

Two terms (from end of September through end of March).
1st Term: September 16, 2024 - December 14, 2024 (13 weeks) 
2nd Term: January 5, 2025 - March 29, 2025 (12 weeks)

Cost for both terms: 7,400 Euros for international students and 150.000 Lek for Albanian students. Cost covers all course fees, food, lodging and school trips.

Spring & Summer Service Opportunities (optional)

Spring: April 6 - May 31, 2024 (8 weeks)
Ministry opportunities include practical experience in Albania working for extended times in local churches. Part of your time will be helping to get facilities and programs ready for the summer camping program.
Cost: 640 Euros (includes food, lodging and transportation to and from ministry sites).

Summer: June 7 -August 17, 2024 (10 weeks)
Be a part of the thriving summer camping program where you are part of a team of Albanian and international staff and volunteers, helping to impact the lives of nearly 2000 children, youth and adults from all over Albania. Cost: 800 Euros (includes food, lodging and all staff activities). If you are unable to volunteer for the entire summer, we can work with you to find a good schedule based on your situation.

Registration is now open!


If you have any questions, reach out to: udhekryq@aol.com

1st Year Bible School

Crossroads offers both a 1st year and 2nd year 24-week course (two 12-week semesters) with a focus on in-depth studies of many of the books of the Bible. Christ-centered, theological topics are taught as well. Resident staff and international guest speakers teach at the school.

Summer Camps

Since the year 2000, children and young people have been coming from all over Albania to camp at Crossroads. Crossroads was the first camp center in Albania and has been running summer camps each summer for 19 years now with nearly 2000 campers coming each summer.