What is KRUX?

KRUX is a community of Christian formation tucked in the heart of Stellenbosch – a vibrant university town in the Western Cape of South Africa. Launched by native South Africans JB and Corli Krohn in 2015, KRUX disciples young adults through theological education, mentoring, community, and a unique focus on the arts. Stellenbosch is a place of extraordinary beauty, a confluence of intellect and imagination. It is a place that sifts, weighs, and unmasks the crux of our beliefs.

A unique focus on theological study, mentoring, community, and the arts.

Why Theological discipleship?

Each week, KRUX participants attend academically rigorous lectures and lively discussions that dive deep into scripture, wrestle through the tough questions, and tease out the personal and cultural implications of the Bible.

One would expect Christian discipleship to be the natural outflow of trusting in Christ and the coming of his Kingdom, which is the central act of God towards humanity. Sadly, that is often not the case. Spiritual formation frequently finds itself marginalised in the Christian enterprise while theology proper is viewed a matter for the seminary classroom, not “normal” life. The result is unschooled disciples and untested theologians.

In contrast, orthodox faith demands a Word-birthed and Word-centred spirituality generating and sustaining a Word-shaped community. Theological discipleship pursues a head and heart knowledge of our faith, forged in the fire of community.

 “… theology is for doxology and devotion—that is, the praise of God and the practice of godliness. It should therefore be presented in a way that brings awareness of the divine presence. Theology is at its healthiest when it is consciously under the eye of God of whom it speaks, and when it is singing to his glory.” – James Packer

Why Mentoring?

One-on-one mentoring opens the door to personal accountability and transformation, giving young people invaluable wisdom and spiritual direction at this critical juncture in their lives.

Christian mentoring is both art and skill. It provides an ongoing encounter in faith-friendship through dialogue, observation, and practice. This relationship enables change in a uniquely powerful way and affirms the value of Christian community at the level of real personhood and redemption in Christ.

Mentorship is intrinsic to the theological and relational core of KRUX, whether by means of personal conversation, counselling, small group seminar, or sharing a meal.

“God does not want me to mould others into the image that seems good to me, that is, into my own image. Instead, in their freedom from me God made other people in God’s image. I can never know in advance how God’s image should appear in others. That image always takes on a completely new and unique form.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Why Community?

KRUX hosts weekly fellowship meals followed by a short talk, presentation, film clip, or just good heaven-to-earth conversation. 

There is no more concrete, earthy, and enjoyable way of exercising the Christian life than through practising hospitality. Christ the Hospitable One ate with ‘sinners’ and welcomed outsiders. He always offered a place at the table in anticipation of the coming feast of the Kingdom of God. Hospitality extends an invitation into the sacred ordinary of redeemed life. Something extraordinary happens when food and community are shared around a table.

“It will not be until the transforming power of God is demonstrated in each of us as a people gathered in Christ that true hospitality may begin to be shown; for hospitality is not simply what we do; nor is it a technique; hospitality is the gospel we embody. It is how we welcome ‘the other’ in our own body, personally and communally.” Clarke Scheibe, Canadian L’Abri

Why Culture & the Arts?

KRUX offers various seminars reflecting on the intersection of the Christian faith with culture, and facilitates an annual Artists Gathering which attracts artists from across Southern Africa and has brought several international speakers to our shores. Having an Artist in Residence throughout the year fosters a focus on the visual arts and creates space for Christian engagement at the crossroads of faith and culture. 

It bears remembering that the Triune God acts continually in the transformation of culture. As image-bearers, our imaginative enterprises yield to the purpose of the Spirit. In recent years the Christian community has reawakened to its pivotal stewardship role in cultural renewal, and the redeeming faculties of the imaginative and the creative. The Arts has the means to clothe the human struggle with metaphor and lived experience, and beauty works an “alchemy in the soul” (Hans Urs Von Balthasar) which awakens in us a desire to re-appropriate the good and the true.

“Art is a building block of civilization. A civilization that does not value its artistic expressions is a civilization that does not value itself.” Makoto Fujimura