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Shout Out For The Centurions

Breakpoint has a great shout out for the Wilberforce Forum's Centurions program. This is a program dedicated to training one hundred persons to go forth into culture and engage ideas redemptively from a Biblical worldview. Part of that mission is to start in the church and challenge Christians to think holistically and Biblically about all of life. Christian worldview thinking has shrunk to the point that Christians are having little or no impact in the marketplace of ideas or in shaping culture. The tide is turning, however, and it is programs like Centurions which are starting to make a difference.

I am graduate of the 2004 class of Centurions (the inaugural class). The 2005 class is in the midst of an intensive year of training. In the fall, Wilberforce will be recruiting for the 2006 class. Some of you readers of the Cadre Comments should seriously consider enrolling in this program. The faculty of this program is world class ... the opportunity to sit at their feet and learn how frame issues from a Biblical perspective is worth the price of admission.

There is one common thread among the participants in the Centurions program. They are crazy enough to think that God accomplishes BIG things with a faithful few. Look out.

If you have any questions about the program, I would be happy to answer them in the comments.


For those interested in the Centurion's program, the most direct link is found here:

Dawn Treader, do you know if there is a way for someone to get involved in the program who does not have the ability to go to Washington D.C. for the classes?


I don't think there is a way to participate in the program without the residencies in D.C.

Those three residencies are important to the program. A lot of the teaching flows out of the plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and face-to-face interaction with other participants. You also get the opportunity to hang out with Christian leaders like Colson and Boa that are really times to treasure. Dr. Boa, for example, wrote an incredible book on apologetics (Faith Has Its Reasons). I was able to ask him questions about presuppositionalism and get into a great conversation with him about it. I spoke with Colson about Sudan ... and area of the world of great interest to him. You get the idea.

So I don't think there is a way to bypass that, nor should there be.

They begin on a Friday evening and end Sunday at lunch. For most people, it meant taking Friday off from work to travel, but being back in the office on Monday. There was also financial aid available for some who needed it (for the conference expenses).

Does participation in the Centurions Program assume deep theological knowledge of the Bible prior to beginning? How much of the program involves reading and studying from the Bible?

Thank you in advance,


It assumes some theological knowledge, yes. It also assumes that you have demonstrated some willingness to either teach or mentor or pass on the knowledge you receive.

In other words, they don't want to offer a course to train people in order for the sake of simply adding to their knowledge. The idea is to take worldview training and turn around and impact others and train them. That is the key.

All of the training is based on a Biblical worldview. But the course is not a Bible study, if that is what you mean.

Good questions.

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