And of course opportunities abound. 98% of Christians spend 95% of their waking lives ‘on the frontline’ – in shops and schools and shelters, in homes and offices and gyms.
Certainly, the world is changing. And daily life for many of us can be challenging. That’s the case whether we’re fresh into work, thirty years on the job, hauling kids to the school gate, retired and purposeful, or leading a church.
So at LICC we’re committed to:
‘The fruitfulness that changes lives and nations ripens in the valley of everyday, Monday to Saturday ordinary living.’ Mark Greene, LICC Executive Director
Christians out in God’s world – in workplaces and all places; church leaders and their teams; women and men in their first decade after school or uni. And the many, many people in all kinds of churches who want to make a difference for Christ in all of their lives.
So we’re dedicated to developing the biblical wisdom, the cultural insights, the stories and the practical ideas that help people live out God’s living word creatively, show and share his good news confidently, and make a positive contribution to the places they live, work and play.
We offer resources for personal or small group use. Courses for people at different stages of their working lives. Training days and learning hubs for church leaders. Speakers. Events. Books. Blogs. Videos … And more to come.
We don’t tackle everything in life, of course. Our focus is on life out in today’s world, and there’s a lot here to inspire and equip.CLICK HERE
Here’s the material we’ve developed with church leaders and teams in mind. If you’ve any kind of leadership responsibility in the church community, explore here.CLICK HERE
If you’re in the world of work in any shape or form you’ll find resources, courses and inspiration to spur you on.CLICK HERE
From our beginnings in 1982, the mission and activities of The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC) were inspired by the wondrous good news of Christ for all of life. Our founders, John Stott and friends, saw how difficult it was for Christians to make the connection between the living Word of God and the challenges they faced out in his world. They recognised how drastically this shrivelled the church’s mission to the nation. And they were determined to tackle it head-on.
‘Double listening’ – to the Word of God and to the world, in order to relate the one to the other – was a hallmark of the early years. Through innovative programmes like Christians in the Modern World, LICC taught hundreds of Christians in all walks of life across the world how to navigate a vast range of issues and live and make an impact as whole-life followers of Christ.
By the early noughties, the state of the nation and the church convinced us that a shift in emphasis was required. Local churches needed to recover Jesus’ central emphasis on growing whole-life disciples as the primary means for mission. So we developed a range of practical initiatives to help churches make that change. And together we made progress.
We continue to pioneer with leaders to grow and sustain whole-life disciplemaking churches. And we continue to engage closely with Christians on the frontline to develop the wisdom and practices that can help us all live fruitfully for Christ in a complex and rapidly changing world. So, we remain learners – about God, the world, and the needs and experiences of those we seek to serve.