Planting or growing churches in European cities is a hard and complex calling, often ambushed by spiritual warfare and pragmatic opposition. That is why we feel drawn to call together future church leaders of Europe to teach methods, processes and structures—both spiritual and practical—which enable church growth and minimise barriers to that growth. This is a vision of Centre for Church Growth (OCCG), set up by the Leadership of St Aldates Church, Oxford. We seek to influence, train and partner with a new generation of church leaders passionate about growing vibrant, Bible-based, evangelical charismatic churches in some of the disused or under-used churches buildings in European university cities.
St Aldates is a place which has a rare convergence of gifting and experience, being able to sustain a large set of ministries in a strategic University city. The fundamental belief of the vision is that, whether due to the grace of God, history, position, leadership or congregational demographic, St Aldates has something special to offer to other similar churches and we long to ‘give it away’ and hence multiply impact.
Wycliffe Hall has embraced the St Aldates OCCG vision and is partnering with us by delivering the Certificate for Theology Graduates (CTG) to those joining the OCCG community. This is a one year course of study, fully accredited by Oxford University. The overall programme includes this rigorous academic study, provided by Wycliffe Hall, alongside practical training and observation of day-to-day life at St Aldates. Thanks to this combination, the OCCG programme is a great opportunity for current and prospective church leaders to obtain a defined and accredited academic award, together with a deep practical and vocational insight.To find out more about the CTG programme, please visit the CTG page or see our Prospectus.
This year we are also launching a second stream targeted at those who have a passion to grow or start vibrant Bible-based evangelical churches, but do not have a formal theological qualification.