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 for Christians with courage and imagination, who suspect:
*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.
Crucible runs three intensive training weekends each year to equip Christians to follow Jesus on the margins. Two streams are available on each weekend. Each stream flows separately, but the subjects can be done in any combination:
After Christendom investigates the opportunities, as well as the challenges, that the end of imperial Christianity presents.
Urban Challenge examines the dynamics of mission and ministry in multicultural urban communities, where Christendom has faded first.
Creating New Churches offers resources for pioneering new churches – and new kinds of churches – in emerging cultures, and renewing existing churches.
Restoring Hope 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 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 imagines how we can re-tell the story of Jesus today in ways that connect with contemporary cultures.
Urban Expression, another member of the Anabaptist network of organisations, is the lead partner in the Crucible course. Workshop is another of the partners.