On the Margins?

Christians across western culture are facing profound challenges and fresh opportunities.

The long era of ‘Christendom’ is coming to an end. We now live in a plural society, with multiple religious options alongside the prevailing secular assumptions, in which Christianity has lost its position of dominance and privilege and churches are on the margins of society.

Although we seem to be declining in numbers and influence, this context offers many new possibilities – if we have the courage and imagination to grasp them.

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Why the Crucible Course?

Crucible is for Christians with courage and imagination, who suspect that:

  • We need to operate as cross-cultural missionaries because we live in a cross-cultural mission context.
  • We need to think creatively about incarnating the gospel and planting new kinds of churches in emerging and diverse cultures.
  • We need to recover the biblical vision of shalom and reflect on how we live as followers of Jesus in light of this all-embracing vision.
  • We need to pay particular attention to the margins, because we serve the God who frequently does new things there:

On the margins of society among the poor and disenfranchised.

   At the margins of culture, where creative thinking explores new possibilities.

   On the margins of the familiar, the spaces all around us,

    neglected or ignored, but full of potential

Three modules will be presented over six Saturdays during the academic year 2018-19. Each module consists of two Saturdays.

Module 1: After Christendom

After Christendom investigates the many opportunities, as well as the challenges, that the end of imperial Christianity presents. A core module which sets the context for all that we explore together in Crucible. This module will be taught in London on the 10th November and 8th December

Module 2: On the Edge

On the Edge examines the dynamics of mission and ministry in marginal urban and rural communities and offers biblical and practical insights. This Module will be taught in London on the 9th February and 9th March.

Module 3: Church Unplugged

Church Unplugged offers resources for pioneering new churches and new kinds of churches and to pioneer these in emerging or marginalised cultures beyond the scope of many inherited churches. This module will be taught in London on the 11th May and 8th June.

Click here to download the course flyer (2018-19) for further circulation. Please complete the registration form below to book your place. Alternatively, contact us enquiries@spurgeons.ac.uk or 020 8653 0850 for more details.