Training

New Pastoral Care Course

We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new Pastoral Care course  – a joint initiative between Biblical Counselling UK and Crosslands Training. Here’s an introduction to the new course – why we’ve created it, who’s been involved, and what to expect from it. What’s the new course all about? Written by Steve Midgley … Read more …

God’s Story

This article is based on an interview by Tim Chester with Matt Searles, author of God’s Story (Lion Books, 2021). Matt is formerly a pastor in London, now serves as Director of Training for the South Central Gospel Partnership and as a faculty member for Crosslands Training. How does your book differ from some other … Read more …

Crosslands Seminary Tracks

The specialist tracks are deeply and closely connected to the core Seminary programme. Far from being ‘Theology lite’, the tracks offer the same theology, to the same depth, but with an eye to how particular themes or issues might have particular relevance or resonance in different ministry roles, with the help of experienced specialist ministry … Read more …

Affordable Theological Training

Crosslands is committed to affordable and accessible theological training. One benefit of our in-context learning model is that our students don’t need to stop working while they study. We have many students who study alongside their secular employment. Some work full time and study in the evenings and weekends, but most have reduced their hours … Read more …

Word and Prayer

EXTRACT FROM SEMINARY MODULE DYNAMICS OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH   So there are always two key elements to Christian ministry: the word and the Spirit. We proclaim the word and the Spirit brings life through the word. But, of course, we can’t ‘do’ the work of the Spirit. The Spirit is not under our control. He’s … Read more …

Word and Spirit

extract from seminary module Dynamics of Spiritual Growth Colossians 1:3-6 says: We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people – 5 the faith and love that … Read more …

The Psalms: Songs of Christ

Following our extract from the Crosslands Seminary ‘Old Testament Introduction’ module, looking at the role the Psalms played in reflection and formation in the life of ancient Israel, this extract continues by exploring the profound way in which the Psalms speak of Christ. The function of the Psalms, part 2: Songs of Christ The psalter … Read more …

The Psalms: Reflecting and Forming

Crosslands Seminary students are currently working through an introduction to the Old Testament. Here you can enjoy the first of two extracts from the unit on Psalms, exploring the function of the Psalms. The Function of the Psalms, part 1: Reflecting and Forming Many Christians throughout the ages have found the Psalms to be the … Read more …

Finding God in the everyday

(Extract of Enjoying God, written by Tim Chester, published by TheGoodBookCompany) My wife and I have an allotment. An allotment is a strange British institution in which people can rent a pocket of land to grow vegetables. Recently I was at my allotment waiting for a shed to be delivered. The delivery driver was due … Read more …

The Gift of Congregational Worship: Part Two

In a previous article we saw how congregational worship is not a gift we offer to God, but a gift we receive from him. In this article we explore how what we get when we ‘unwrap’ this gift from God. By Tim Chester I used to walk to work each day and as I walked … Read more …

The Gift of Congregational Worship: Part One

This article was originally published in October 2018, little did we know how much we would miss and therefore value congregational worship when the pandemic stripped it away. It’s a good time to reflect once more on the gift of congregational worship. By Tim Chester Congregational worship is a gift from God. Is that right? I … Read more …