Crosslands | Christian Vocations

Crosslands

Type: Training provider
Crosslands aims to provide excellent in-context theological training and resources to churches and church leaders in the UK, Europe and 10:40 window.
About Us:

Crosslands aims to provide excellent in-context theological training and resources to churches and church leaders in the UK, Europe and 10:40 window.

We are a new kind of entity, which we call a flexicademy - not residential training nor pure distance learning, but flexible learning and rigorous training for students where they live and minister.  In other words, 'Gospel training when and where you need it'.

We offer a range of courses at seminary-level (for leaders and trainee leaders) and foundation-level (for congregation members, elders and interns).  We're also starting to develop entry-level materials for new Christians (especially those in from an urban poor background).

The seminary-level course:

Our seminary-level course is designed for assistant pastors, aspiring church planters, apprentices and even those in ministry wanting to 'top-up' their theology.  Our curriculum is split into four streams: Biblical, Pastoral, Doctrinal and Missional.  We offer a three-year rolling programme specialising in Church Planting, Church Leadership or Cross-Cultural Mission, although some students choose to study for just one or two years with us.

How is it delivered?

The course is delivered in-context and in-community using modern, blended techniques:

  1.  Mentoring in your local church - all our students should be involved with their local church and study with their minister or mentor's support
  2. Independent study - our students should set aside a minimum of 10 hours' study per week, which includes a weekly contribution to a moderated blog.  This is online, via our partners, BibleMesh
  3. Seminar days - each module in the course builds towards an assignment, which is presented and discussed in seminar days run by our Academy tutors.  These happen five times a year.
  4. Intensive residentials - we gather all students in each Academy hub for 1 week in September, a weekend in February and a further week in June.  The residentials are great times for fellowship with your peers, the writers introducing/closing modules, peer review activities and interaction with current theological issues

How much does the course cost?

The course costs £2,000 or €2,500 per student per year.  This includes everything for the year, except travel to the residentials and any set texts the student chooses to buy.  We are working towards offering scholarships but this is likely to be in-place for the September 2018 entry.

The foundation-level course:

Our foundation-level course is designed for everyday Christians, from the enthusiastic new convert to small group leaders, lay preachers to elders.  Our curriculum is split into four streams: Bible, Character, World and Mission.  We offer a highly modular programme that you can design to meet your congregation's needs.  Some churches form in-house study groups, using our materials to learn; others create regional Learning Sites which draw in students from a variety of churches.

How is it delivered?

The course is delivered in-context and in-community using modern, blended techniques:

  1. Independent study - as little as 1 hour per week, up to 4 or 5 hours per week, depending on the intensity of the programme
  2. Group-work - working through reflections and exercises in your study groups or learning sites
  3. Conference days - this optional element most benefits Learning Sites, where students from multiple study groups get together for teaching and assessment of their assignments

How much does the course cost?

Each module costs $30 (in dollars due to our international sales), but heavy discounts are available for those that study in groups.  A group of 3-6 gets a 25% discount, 7-10 obtain 33% off and bigger groups can even get the materials at half price.