What is Trove?
Trove aims to be a one-stop shop for digital discipleship resources. We know that there are lots of great resources out there, produced by a huge number of different Christian organisations, but we also know that if people don’t already know about a resource, it can be very difficult to find something suitable. So our goal is to bring together a really wide range of high-quality resources from across the spectrum of British Christianity, and to organise them in a way that makes searching easy.
For individual Christians and church leaders we aim to provide a well-curated site where you can come and find discipleship resources that suit your particular context, with a shop built in so that if resources aren’t available for free you can still get hold of them directly from our site without spending ages trawling across the internet.
For individuals, churches and other Christian organisations who are producing resources, we want to provide an excellent and easy-to-use platform where you can make your resources more readily available to Christians in the UK.
One of the goals of the site is to identify the areas where more or better resources are needed. This project is funded by the Jerusalem Trust, who also fund Christian organisations to develop new resources: if you’ve got an idea for a new resource that meets a need that isn’t currently being met, get in touch with them!
Who is behind Trove?
Trove is a project that has been commissioned by the Jerusalem Trust, and is created and managed as a joint venture between CODEC and Twelvebaskets Ltd.
The Jerusalem Trust are one of 18 grant-making trusts established by three generations of the Sainsbury family. The trusts’ donations to charitable causes over several decades represent one of the leading examples of sustained philanthropy in Britain.
The objects of the Trust are:
To advance the Christian religion and to promote Christian organisations and the charitable purposes and institutions they support
To advance Christian education and learning.
CODEC is a research initiative based at St John's College in Durham - a new institution in a hundred year old College exploring the interfaces between the Bible, the digital environment and contemporary culture. CODEC aims to:
Explore the interrelationship between Christianity and the media, spirituality and the internet
Understand the development in human relationships and self-perception within a digital media world
Research and develop teaching tools appropriate for a digital media world
Assess and resource the Christian community's appreciation of the digital environment
Increase the Church's ability to communicate effectively in the digital environment.
St John's College, Durham is a constituent college of Durham University and incorporates Cranmer Hall.
Twelvebaskets was created to inspire and empower grassroots Christian creativity across the UK. They run The Worship Cloud, growing the UK's largest online library of Christian digital resources, with over 40,000 items and 35,000 registered users. Twelvebaskets’ mission is to resource the Church in the constantly developing digital environment and to promote creative expressions of Christian spirituality.
Twelvebaskets are digital pioneers who want to help navigate the online landscape alongside the church; to inspire, equip and resource it. They work in partnership with organisations, developers and our talent network to create cost-effective, connected solutions.
What is a digital discipleship resource?
All of the resources on our site are digital. Some of them are downloadable and some exist online in the form of websites. But we don’t make hard copies of books, CDs, or DVDs available through the site and none of our resources require you to attend courses or events in particular places. You can use anything on our site as long as you have a computer and an internet connection.
A discipleship resource is a digital tool or a toolkit designed to help individuals or groups to grow and develop as Christians, whether that's intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, practically or politically. Discipleship resources aren't just about information, they're about formation: so they'll require some kind of active engagement from the people using them, whether that's discussions, worksheets, or exercises. A discipleship resource is something that's designed to be used, not just read or watched.
How do you decide what to include?
At Trove, we aim to host high-quality digital discipleship resources which reflect the breadth and richness of Christianity in the UK, and to make them accessible to as many people as possible. We aim for a balance between quality and relevance: between resources which are produced to a high standard and resources which cover a wide range of topics for a wide range of audiences.
The three basic criteria we use to decide whether resources are suitable for our site are as follows:
Is the resource digital?
Is the resource designed to help people grow and develop as Christians? We don’t include resources that are primarily designed to help people run services or to manage the practical elements of running a church or Christian organisation.
Does the resource require active engagement on the part of the people who are using it?
We also want to ensure that the resources we host are well designed and easy to use. Here are the criteria that we use to decide whether a resource meets our standards: [Link to Quality Standards Document].
We review both our criteria and the resources we host on a regular basis. We reserve the right to decide whether a resource meets our standards, and if a resource is particularly strong in certain areas we may decide to include it even though it doesn’t meet all of our criteria.