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 Theology Network Groups 

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 What are Theology Network groups?

 Theology Network

So you want to get stuck in with a Theology Network group?  Fantastic!  Read on: Theology Network groups are springing up all over the country, where Christian students studying theology, Biblical studies and religious studies are coming together to get to know God better, love Jesus more, and bring God’s word to their course-mates.

So what is a Theology Network group all about?  Well, Theology Network is part of UCCF: The Christian Unions, an interdenominational evangelical movement.  UCCF staff help the Christian Unions in universities and colleges all across Great. The CUs aim to give every student an opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ, through groups of Christian students living and speaking for Jesus at university.

The arm of the CU

In the 1950s, UCCF set out to help Christian theology and religious studies students take the gospel to their departments where although Christ was studied, he was not Lord.  Ever since, Theology Network groups[i] have been helping theology and RS students live and speak for Jesus among their course-mates.  So Theology Network groups are the arm of the Christian Union in the theology department, taking the mission of the CU to students who study Christ, but do not love him.

Mission teams

So at their heart, Theology Network groups are not discussion groups where anyone’s idea of God can be batted about for amusement and the exercise of intellectual muscles. No, Theology Network groups are mission teams where the foundational truths[ii] of Christianity are thought through…and loved!  They are there to help you know the true and living God better, to love his self-sacrificing Son more, and to bring his message of peace with God through the cross to your peers.

Out of the overflow of the heart...

So in order to help theology and religious studies students in this task, Theology Network sets out to so fill them with love for the One who first loved them that they cannot but speak his wonderful message to their friends and course-mates. “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks,” Jesus said – so through teaching and discipleship Theology Network seeks to help develop groups of students whose hearts burst with confident love for Christ!

How do we do this?

So how does Theology Network do this?  Well, theologynetwork.org is here for you to feed on – hundreds of articles and mp3s on Christian theology to help you know and love God better, and to help you commend the gospel to your friends more persuasively.  But you are not alone!  Theology Network staff and your CU Staff Worker are there to help you put a programme together, answer any questions you might have, and give advice on booking speakers to visit your group, all the while helping you grow in your love for Christ!

What's the aim?

Theology Network is about a revolution – the revolution of doing theology that transforms our minds to see the world as God sees it, and transforms our lives to be like Christ as we see him more clearly.  We long to for theology and religious studies students to be confidently growing in their knowledge of God and their love for Christ, sharing this wonderful gospel with their friends, and preparing for a lifetime of Christ-exalting ministry.



[i] Theology Network began its life as the Theological Students Fellowship (TSF), and later changed its name to the Religious and Theological Studies Fellowship (RTSF).

[ii] These foundational truths are summed up in UCCF's doctrinal basis, which can be read on the uccf website http://www.uccf.org.uk/about/doctrinal-basis.htm