The Crucible Course Ethos

What is a Crucible?

  • A melting pot, where antiquated structures are made pliable and reshaped.
  • A time when powerful political, social, intellectual or economic forces converge.
  • A place where different cultures or styles can mix together and produce something new.


Crucible has much in common with other training programmes, and we’re not claiming that it is anything special in its style (although its urban, post-Christendom perspective is perhaps quite distinctive), but we are committed to certain values and practices. Crucible has developed out of friendships and this has affected its ethos – relaxed and supportive, different voices without competition. Crucible is an adult learning course. It operates on the assumption that students bring with them insights and resources that will enrich the learning experience of all. Some students will have more experience than others, but the insights of all are welcomed and valued. To enable effective mutual learning, various modes of training are employed to stimulate and encourage interaction (including Bible studies, group discussion, exercises and coaching sessions). The dominance of lecture-based input is inappropriate. Feedback from students is invited. We invite everyone to contribute, but we also allow people to be silent, recognising that there are different personalities and learning styles. Adult learning also means treating adults as adults, encouraging freedom to move around, sit or stand (or lie down), and take breaks as necessary.

Crucible is designed for reflective practitioners. It combines theological reflection and biblical teaching with training in cultural analysis, contextualisation, missional strategy and practical skills. It encourages students to challenge presuppositions and ask questions rather than offering neat answers or simplistic solutions. It is a safe place to ask questions and different views are respected. No question is off limits and ideas can be explored without fear or pressure to conform. Participants from diverse theological and denominational backgrounds (or none) are welcomed.