A missional conversation on human flourishing within the city.
Mission used to be something that took place overseas. Mission used to be something that took place in church or at best in crusades. Today mission has moved to the public square - in particular to the worlds of business, politics, media, education and the arts. Christians are recovering their voice and nerve. But what is our message, how do we see our unique contribution to what it means to be human – to the flourishing of humanity?
When & Where
Springdale College: Together in mission
Established in 1980, Springdale College was one of a group of mission colleges located in Selly Oak, Birmingham. Based in an area built on Christian values and home to the Cadbury Chocolate factory, Springdale was and still is dedicated to missional training for Christian leaders and lay people, primarily seeking to serve within the UK.
The work of Springdale was further inspired by the teachings of Lesslie Newbigin, a British theoplogian and missionary who developped a critique of western culture that led to the creation of the Gospel and our Culture movement.
This rethinking led to a formal merger with another mission based organisation called 'Together in Mission' who were then running an MA in Missional Leadership and needed a formal validation route through an existing college. Springdale welcomed the imagination of Together in Mission who had thoroughly grasped the implications of seeing the west as a mission field in terms of training for mission.
The majority of students are drawn from a wide range of denominations and networks. The present student body represent approximately 20 different ethnic backgrounds and nationalities.