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.

Stream 1

  • After Christendom
  • On the Edge
  • Church Unplugged
After Christendom

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 module which sets the context for all that we explore together in Crucible.

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 module which sets the context for all that we explore together in 

Crucible.



Christendom was the culture that dominated Europe for centuries, in 

which it was assumed almost everyone was Christian by birth and the 

church was at the centre of society. Post-Christendom means Christians 

are now a minority in a plural culture and the church is now on the 

margins of society, This is a challenging context but full of 

Christendom was the culture that dominated Europe for centuries, in which it was assumed almost everyone was Christian by birth and the church was at the centre of society. Post-Christendom means Christians are now a minority in a plural culture and the church is now on the margins of society. This is a challenging context but full of opportunities.

 

Sessions on previous After Christendom modules have included:

  • What was Christendom and why might we be interested?
  • What is Post-Christendom and how do we respond?
  • Group Bible study: church in Exile? Psalm 137; Jeremiah 29
  • Reading the Bible after Christendom: what if Jesus meant what he said?
  • Group Bible study: paradigm shift? Acts 11:1-18
  • Jesus, mission and church
  • Group work: Tension points?
  • The twilight zone: living between paradigms

 

This module will be taught in Exeter on the 20th October and 3rd November and London on the 10th November and 8th December.

On the Edge

On the Edge

On the Edge is the part of stream 1 which examines the dynamics of mission and ministry in marginal urban and rural communities and offers biblical and practical insights.

This new module replaces the previous Urban Challenge module and will include sessions on:

  • Marginality
  • Urban and Rural dynamics
  • Good news to the poor
  • God on the margins
  • Missional listening 

This Module will be taught in Exeter on the 2nd & 16th February and London on the 9th February and 9th March.

Church Unplugged

Church Unplugged

Church Unplugged 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.

Sessions on previous versions of this modules have included:

  • Planting, emerging, creating – where are we now?
  • A church planter’s story
  • 12 ways to plant a church
  • What’s new – shape, ethos, theology, mission?
  • Creating new churches – creativity and case studies
  • Research and preparation
  • Team building
  • Group sharing
  • Group work: Church: essentials and non-essentials
  • Guided reflection

This module will be taught in Exeter on the 27th April and 18th May and London on the 11th May and 8th June.

Stream 2

Please note this stream isn’t being taught this year.

  • Restoring Hope
  • Becoming Human
  • Jesus Unplugged
Restoring Hope

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 module with stretching insights.

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 module which sets the context for all that we explore together in 

Crucible.



Christendom was the culture that dominated Europe for centuries, in 

which it was assumed almost everyone was Christian by birth and the 

church was at the centre of society. Post-Christendom means Christians 

are now a minority in a plural culture and the church is now on the 

margins of society, This is a challenging context but full of 

Sessions on previous Restoring Hope modules have included:

  • Re-imagining hope
  • Re-neighbouring
  • Recounting stories of hope
  • Re-distributing power
  • Re-formatting church
  • Re-framing the city
Becoming Human

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.

Sessions on previous Becoming Human modules have included:

  • Becoming Human – the journey we are on
  • Following the Son of Man
  • Becoming human ourselves
  • Helping others become human
  • Reflecting Together
  • Creating healthy communities
  • Group work: Struggling towards humanity
  • Becoming human together
  • Group Bible study: The Rule of Christ (Matthew 18: 15-17)
  • Discipleship and mission


Jesus Unplugged

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.

Sessions on previous Jesus Unplugged modules have included:

  • Following the Way
  • Speaking my language: how different people learn
  • How did Jesus communicate?
  • Story telling
  • Film night
  • Why did Jesus die?
  • Why did they kill Jesus?
  • A story of hope


Practical Peacemaking

Practical Peacemaking

 

On the 10th November and 8th December at Spurgeon’s we are partnering with Peaceful Boarders to offer an additional module on Practical Peacemaking. 

 

To book a place on this module please click here

Booking Details

Where 

London: Spurgeon’s College, 189 South Norwood Hill, London SE25 6DJ

Exeter: South Street Baptist Church, 25 South Street, Exeter EX1 1EB


Cost

Each module is taught over two Saturdays each day costs £46. Exeter bookings are being taken through this website. Modules taken at Spurgeon’s are booked through Spurgons website.

 

Bursaries

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 & Accomodation

The course fee includes tea & coffee throughout the module, but does not include food or accommodation, arrangements differ in each location:


In London accommodation can be booked through Spurgeon’s and costs £25 bed and breakfast. Lunch can be purchased in the cafe or a packed lunched can be brought.


In Exeter there is no onsite accommodation. If you would like to arrange accommodation with a local family please contact us to discuss this. Alternatively there are a number of travel lodges/ hotels in Exeter. The South Gate Hotel is just up the road. Lunch can be brought in or purchased locally. There is a Weatherspoons pub just up the road if you prefer.

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