On Monday, I enjoyed a really entertaining evening with Abdulrahman Elbayouk, northern chair of FOSIS, and Josh Holt, President of the Union of Jewish Students. We were there to be part of a panel discussion organised as part of Leeds University Inter-Faith Week. It was followed by a time of 'speed faithing' - five minute … Continue reading ‘Speed faithing’ and inter-religious conversations at Leeds University
I've been asked by my employer to give some thinking to Freshers' Weeks, and the role that Christian Unions could play. It's been rewarding already to consider aspects of the week, including the way in which friendships proliferate over a relatively short period. I conducted an unscientific survey of my Facebook friends, asking them to … Continue reading Some thoughts on Freshers’ Week and friendship
We've been considering the pattern of everyday evangelism: being accessible to non-believers, growing in relationship with them and living provocatively, and particularly thinking about how this works out in the student world. This article continues to consider those who are 'at the back of the stands' according to the stadium model: those who have genuine … Continue reading Back of the stands – part 2: on asking and engaging with questions
In this short series, we've been considering the stages of the 'sports stadium' model to think about our outreach and evangelism. So far, we've thought about providing a 'meeting point' - a means of actually meeting non-believers - and a 'hospitality tent', a means of demonstrating the basic Christian trustworthiness. Unsurprisingly, very few people are … Continue reading Back of the stands: part 1 – provoking questions (or, when the crockery goes out the window)
Yesterday I started a short series using the 'sports stadium' model for evangelism. The model reflects how, often, non-believers take a similar route in coming to know Christ. The first stage is to have contact with at least one Christian - what the model calls 'a meeting point.' The next stage is to invite them … Continue reading Hospitality tent: fifteen ideas for demonstrating your trustworthiness as a friend
Within UCCF, we’ve been much indebted to the ‘Stadium Model’ – a model of the sort of path many non-believers take to know Christ devised by Andrew Baughen (I think) and popularised by Christians in Sport. Here’s the slightly adapted version used by UCCF: Like any model, this isn’t designed to say everything about evangelism. … Continue reading Meeting place: fifteen ideas for meeting students who don’t know a Christian
I realise that the question above is mainly one of semantics, but I do think the way that we speak about Christian Union groups subtly sends a message and shapes our expectations. A group essentially views individuals as the building blocks. A study group in a library, for example, brings people together. There is a … Continue reading Are CUs mission groups, mission teams or mission communities?