Christianity & Culture Core Course (C4)
Have you ever wondered why God created humanity in His image? What did He have in mind when commanding us to “multiply and fill the earth” – becoming cities and nations?
And what did Jesus mean when He gave the Great Commission to “go and disciple all nations”?
Can it be that God envisioned nations with:
– righteous governments,
– prosperous economies,
– strong families,
– education that leads to wisdom,
– science and tech that help humanity progress in an innovative manner,
– arts that express pure beauty,
– entertainment that stirs deep joy,
– truthful media with a prophetic voice, and
– religious institutions that priestly connect the people to God and teach the people God’s ways and serve all mankind, especially the afflicted?
Did you know the Bible talks as many times about the individual person as it talks about cities or nations, often addressing them like a person? That it teaches timeless principles for all spheres of society, in how God discipled the nation of Israel – the prime example for discipling all nations? Did you know many Western nations are largely still based on such biblical principles?
A famous quote by Mahatma Gandhi says: “You Christians look after a document containing enough dynamite to blow all civilisation to pieces, turn the world upside down and bring peace to a battle-torn planet. But you treat it as though it is nothing more than a piece of literature.”
Can it be that God’s vision for humanity is that all cultures and all parts of society will reflect His image? That Jesus came to tackle the root cause of our brokenness, sin – and from the inside out heal and restore everyone and everything? And that YOU are now His agent on earth?
What if your profession is your holy calling from the Lord in healing and restoring nations? What if discipling nations begins at your workplace, through your vocation, in your sphere of society? How can you do it practically, personally, and biblically? What can you learn from Christian and mission history? Where can you start? – And what does this have to do with YWAM Europe “3.0”?
If these questions are stirring a deep longing in you, then come and join the Christianity & Culture Core Course (C4) in Herrnhut from May 30th to August 18th 2023!
Come and explore answers to these rich questions – with life-changing implications for everything you do! Discover in greater depth your long-term vision for life. Get more aligned with God’s mission for this world. Get equipped to change the world – for real.
Class Phase (8 weeks)
This first part is a general exploration of 8 ‘Spheres of Influence’ in a society:
1. Government. 2. The Church & Mercy Ministries. 3. The Family. 4. Education. 5. Economics. 6. Science & Technology. 7. Public Media. 8. Arts & Entertainment.
For each sphere we will have teachings that provide a general introduction to its main topics from the Bible, from Christian History, and on Current Issues. This is followed each time by a day of ‘Group Projects’ and Presentations. In each project, we will apply that sphere’s general biblical principles to identify approaches for solutions to current issues in a chosen nation – in order to reflect the nature and character of God as people who are created in His image. You will also regularly be part of dynamic ‘Table Talks’ discussion times.
This explorational spheres phase will be kicked off by an ‘Introduction Week’ on Revival and Transformation, followed by a ‘Foundations Week’ on Biblical Worldview. And after you got for four weeks an overview of each sphere, this first phase will culminate in an eye-opening ‘Spheres in Cross-Cultural Mission’ week and conversations on YWAM Europe “3.0”, followed by an individually-focused ‘Personal Vision Week’, that will usher you into the following Project Phase.
For a more detailed list of topics, click on the “Curriculum” button below.
Project Phase (4 weeks)
In the second part of the school, you will focus in-depth on your chosen sphere of society and develop your exciting personal long-term vision and mission for life!
You will do a directed study of your chosen sphere from the four angles practiced already in the first phase in general, but now in-depth: 1. Foundational Biblical Principles, 2. Testifying Lessons from Christian History, 3. Addressing Current Issues with a Biblical Worldview, 4. Developing Personal Long-Term Vision, based on God’s World-Vision.
This will be your firm foundation then to draft a ‘360° Critical Thinking’ project, where you will research and evaluate your chosen sphere in your chosen nation via a ‘critical thinking’ guideline, drafting a ‘Proposal for Reformation’ that you will present at the end of the school – and enjoy hearing also everyone else’s visionary life projects, when personal passions, giftings and calling are solidly built on God’s Word of Life!