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Who are we?
Unlock is a Christian charity that was founded in 1972. It exists to help urban churches of any denomination to respond to the challenges in their areas. We are especially concerned with Bible engagement
with 'traditional tabloid' ('non-book', 'oral learners', or 'text-shy') cultures.
What do we do?
As well as deploying our team of Unlock Local Partnership workers to enable local Christians reach and engage their communities, we publish a variety of group
Bible study packs, games, Lent courses and audit materials and provide training. 'Unlock more than you
think' and 'Unlock DIY' will give you more ideas about using Unlock’s methods.
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What don’t we do?
We don’t offer pre-packaged answers. Each group has to
work creatively within its own unique situation, and we offer to assist in that process.
What we do will depend on the need being felt. We’ll try to find someone from
our team of workers to help you!
Unlock Stories -
Mary's Moments (the story of a journey from relationship to discipleship) >>
Unlock short stories >>
An Unlock worker remembers >>
- and explanations
If Unlock is the answer, what is the question? >>
Unlock Mission Statement >>
Unlock learning cycle >>
Unlock Foundation Principles >>
Some principles to follow and assumtions to avoid >>
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|Unlock, by various names, has been around since 1972, trying to help (mainly) urban Christians to understand and share their faith appropriately. Our life experience matters; our stories; our joys and sorrows. The Bible has plenty to say - more than we'll ever know - about our lives if we know how to read it and apply it... if we know how to UNLOCK it!
Evangelism is social action because it is changed people that change the world - John Stott.
A story from Unlock Hull:-
A Square Peg in a Round Hole:
It was during one of the early EUTP Festivals (Unlock used to be know as EUTP) when Stuart Robinson (then curate of St Martin’s) led a Bible Study as part of his post-ordination training that I had a kind of Damascus experience.
He gave us a passage and asked us “What do you feel?” It was the first time someone had related a Bible passage to our lives and it had a huge impact on me.
Some time later Andy Dorton had a meeting at his house where Bill Bullen came to speak with Jim Hart. As Bill spoke everything he said made complete sense. All the things I’ve felt instinctively had a grounding.
I’d struggled at theological college and often twagged off. I felt a square peg in a round hole. When Jenny Richardson came to do some training with us much later on, she made me feel much better about myself. All the things I did instinctively Jenny explained. She put the meat on the bones if you like.
Unlock did for me what, the theory is, we do for others. It helped my theological development. And what was the most exciting thing, above all, was watching people blossom and seeing them express themselves. It’s a levelling thing. It’s not the one with the degree who leads but the one with the story.