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Launching Crosslands: the Acts 29 Oak Hill Academy

I’m excited to announce that the Acts 29 Oak Hill Academy formally launches as Crosslands. Crosslands aims to provide excellent in-context theological training and resources for churches and church leaders in the UK, Europe and 10:40 window.

In recent months, I hope you will have noticed in all our communications, that Oak Hill College has never been as committed to the importance of immersive residential theological training which serves Christ’s church by preparing leaders to pastor, teach and evangelise in a diverse and changing world. However, we recognise the need for theological training at all levels so that our churches develop an instinctive culture for training and formation.

Crosslands is a new kind of organisation, a Flexicademy™, that offers flexible learning and rigorous training for aspiring leaders, ordinary congregation members and even new Christians in the context where they live, work or minister.  In other words, Crosslands wants to serve you and your churches with gospel training when and where you need it. The Crosslands team is passionate to see the cross of Christ reigning over these lands and our students crossing-lands for the gospel.

Crosslands has been created by Acts 29 and Oak Hill. Acts 29 is a diverse, global family of church-planting churches, characterized by theological clarity, cultural engagement and missional innovation. In our too-often fractured evangelical sub-culture, it’s been a really encouraging and positive experience to be partnering with Steve Timmis, Tim Chester and the rest of the Acts 29 team, leaning on their extensive church planting experience and blending it with our theological training expertise. We are very different organisations but share the same vision and values for gospel training.

Crosslands offers a part-time seminary-level theological education over three-years for aspiring church planters, assistant leaders, apprentices and even those already in ministry, out of hubs in the English Midlands and Dublin.  Currently there are 45 students on the course, with plans to open hubs in French- and German-speaking Europe soon to meet demand for next year.

Its foundation-level courses for congregation members, small group leaders, interns and elders are available through its partner Biblemesh in English and are currently being translated and contextualised into ten European languages to serve the 400+ students currently being trained.

Entry-level courses for new Christians are being produced this year.

Keep up to date with the latest developments on the Crosslands website and the Crosslands Facebook page.

Dan Strange

Dan Strange
03 April 2017

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