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.
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.
Six topics presented in two streams flowing over six intensive weekends, all with opportunities for online learning and reflection on practice. It takes 2 years to complete if you decide to do all the weekends which are held in Birmingham.
Participants will also be offered opportunities for year-long or short-term placements in various contexts – to work out in practice what they learn on these weekends.
International Mission Centre, 24 Weoley Park Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6QX
For participants who do not want accreditation but are simply attending one or more of the weekends (and/or an unsupervised placement), the fee is as follows:
We have a limited number of bursaries available for those who are unable to cover the full costs of the course. If you wish to apply for one of these bursaries, please contact us.
The course fee includes tea & coffee throughout the weekend, but does not include food or accommodation, which need to be booked separately using the link below.
Participants can choose to bring their own food, eat out locally or book in for lunch and/or dinner at the International Missionary Centre.
The cost for meals for Saturday & Sunday is £26
The cost for Saturday evening meal only is £6
Participants needing accommodation can either make their own arrangements or book accommodation at the International Missionary Centre.
The cost for accommodation Friday-Sunday (including meals Saturday-Sunday) is £104
The cost for accommodation Saturday-Sunday (including all meals) is £65
If accommodation at the Centre is full, we can arrange other options in the vicinity, although the price may be slightly higher.
Crucible began as the result of a partnership between Urban Expression and The Salvation Army. It is now run by Urban Expression in association with a number of other partner organisations:
Urban Expression has been pioneering new churches in urban communities and networking pioneers in different urban contexts for the past 19 years.
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The Northumbria Community is a network of people united in a desire to embrace and express an ongoing exploration of a new monasticism as a new way of living Christianly in a changing world.
BMS World Mission is the main Baptist cross-cultural mission agency, with long-term and short-term missionaries in many nations, and increasingly involved in cross-cultural ministry in the UK.
The Pioneer Collective