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.
Click here to download the course brochure for 2019-20.
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 2019-20. Each module consists of two Saturdays.
Module 1: Restoring Hope
Restoring Hope explores how, in light of God’s mission to bring shalom (peace) to all creation, we can live towards that hope and create communities of peace. This module will be taught in London on 9th November & 14th December 2019.
Module 2: Becoming Human
Becoming Human probes the dynamics of discipleship and asks how we can
become more fully human as followers of the Son of Man. This Module will be taught in London on 8th February & 14th March 2020.
Module 3: Jesus Unplugged
Jesus Unplugged imagines how we might re-tell the story of Jesus today in
ways that connect with contemporary cultures. This module will be taught in London on 9th May & 13th June 2020.