Crucible Course

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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.

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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.

Stream 1


18-19 Nov 2017: After Christendom

After Christendom is the part of stream 1 which investigates the many opportunities, as well as the challenges, that the end of imperial Christianity presents. A core week-end which sets the context for all that we explore together in Crucible.


3-4 Feb 2018: Urban Challenge

Urban Challenge is the part of stream 1 which examines the dynamics of mission and ministry in our multicultural urban communities, where Christendom has faded first. Urban communities give less urban places a window into the future - understanding our faith here will enable us to understand our faith elsewhere.


19-20 May 2018: Creating New Churches

Creating New Churches is the part of stream 1 which 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.

Stream 2

18-19 Nov 2017: Restoring Hope

Restoring Hope is the part of stream 2 which explores how, in light of Godʼs mission to bring shalom (peace) to all creation, we can live towards that hope and create communities of peace. A big picture week-end with stretching insights.


3-4 February 2018: Becoming Human

Becoming Human is the part of stream 2 which probes the dynamics of discipleship and asks how   we can become more fully human as followers of the Son of Man. With thought-provoking insights into contemporary discipleship.


19-20 May 2018: Jesus Unplugged

Jesus Unplugged is the part of stream 2 which imagines how we might re-tell the story of Jesus today in ways that connect with contemporary culture. With freedom to push the boundaries we explore words, themes, images and methods which might help.


Extra Module

18-19 Nov 2017: Through Their Eyes

In conjunction with Curbs, Crucible Presents ‘Through their eyes’. Come and experience an informal, conversational learning opportunity. As a participant you can expect to explore together what re-imagining children and families might look like where you are. This opportunity is suitable for anyone interested in exploring fresh ways of engaging in children and families work.
For more information about the course trainers and hosts, click here.

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.

Booking Details

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:

One weekend: £95 Book now
Two weekends: £190 Book now
Three weekends: £260 Book now

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.

Food & Accommodation

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 £27.50
The cost for Saturday evening meal only is £6.50 (not hot)

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 £118.50
The cost for accommodation Saturday-Sunday (including all meals) is £73
If accommodation at the Centre is full, we can arrange other options in the vicinity, although the price may be slightly higher.

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Sponsoring Agencies

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.
The Incarnate Network connects and equips (mainly but not exclusively) Baptist church planters.
Workshop is an exciting Christian learning experience, which has been running since 1983.
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