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.
Crucible is a training programme for Christians with courage and imagination, who suspect:
* We live in a mission context and need to think like missionaries.
* We need to think creatively about church in diverse and changing cultures.
* We serve the God who constantly does new things on the margins.
- on the margins of society among the poor and disenfranchised
- at the margins of culture, where creative thinking explores new possibilities
- within the margins of the familiar, those spaces all around us neglected or ignored but full of potential
Crucible, which ran for the first time in 2005-06, consists of three intensive training weekends each year to equip Christians to follow Jesus on the margins. In 2009-10 two streams will be available on each weekend, offering a wider range of subjects than before and addressing issues raised by participants in past years:
After Christendom (24-25 October 2009) investigates the opportunities, as well as the challenges, that the end of imperial Christianity presents.
Urban Challenge (13-14 February 2010) examines the dynamics of mission and ministry in multicultural urban communities, where Christendom has faded first.
Creating New Churches (10-11 July 2010) offers resources for pioneering new churches - and new kinds of churches - in emerging cultures, and renewing existing churches.
Restoring Hope (24-25 October 2009) asks 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.
Becoming Human (13-14 February 2010) explores the dynamics of discipleship in a multi-everything culture and asks how we can become more fully human as followers of the Son of Man.
Jesus Unplugged (10-11 July 2010) imagines how we can re-tell the story of Jesus today in ways that connect with contemporary cultures.
Saturday 10.30am - Sunday 4.00pm
International Mission Centre, 24 Weoley Park Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6QX
Crucible is the result of a partnership between Urban Expression and The Salvation Army, in association with a number of other supporting agencies: the Incarnate Network, Workshop, the Cafechurch Network and the Northumbria community.
To book a place on Crucible, or for further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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