Nurturing new voices to provide biblically shaped thought leadership on the issues of our day

The idea in brief
Across the evangelical church in the UK there are many gifted individuals who have deep knowledge and expertise in different fields, and who work hard at cultivating that knowledge under the authority of scripture and within an understanding of the redemptive work of Christ.

The goal of the Cultivate programme is to identify and nurture those individuals, and provide outlets for their insight, so that their voices can be heard and their expertise shared with the wider church. Enabling fresh new voices – marked by biblical clarity, excellent insight, and personal humility – to speak into the most challenging issues of our day.

We hope to launch in Spring 2022.

Who is it for:
Mature disciples of Christ who have developed a deep understanding of a particular field, who have already demonstrated a commitment to allowing God’s word to shape their perspective, and who would like to develop their biblical theological understanding, and extend their reach and skill in sharing their insights and equipping others. Some will have a formal theological education; others may have less formal theological training but will have shown a strong commitment to building biblical and theological understanding through other means.

The cohort will include (but is not limited to) people who might become PhD candidates in the future but the time has not been right yet, or current or completed PhDs who want to connect their academic work to faith and life in service of the church. Participation in the programme will be through a combination of invitation and application.

What:
Mentoring to develop content, character and communication skills in relation to your specialist subject area. 2 year programme (January to December).
Reviewing ideas, proposals, drafts and delivery feedback for a range of different types of content (e.g. articles, talks, courses)
Monthly online group plus 4 in person meetings across the two years (residential?)

Programme faculty and contributors
The programme will be overseen by Dr Dan Strange, Director of Crosslands Forum. The team will also include other theologians and specialist contributors, offering significant experience as published writers, speakers, communication specialists and leadership coaches.

Outcomes
Lifelong peer relationships
Theological clarity and rigour added to specialist area of knowledge
Raised profile and track record in content development and delivery
Breadth and depth of communication styles and skills
Tangible, delivered outputs including talks, articles and courses

Interested?
If you or someone you know might be interested in joining the 2022-23 Cultivate cohort, you can express interest here. We’ll contact you once funding and detailed plans are in place.

Express interest in Cultivate