Third Space Ministries seeks to demonstrate God’s love in the third spaces of society, with a particular emphasis on the leisure industry: sport, music, cafes, nightclubs and so on.
We facilitate this through chaplaincy work, and enabling team outreach and working in partnership with the local church.
The term ‘Third Place’ was coined by sociologist Ray Oldenburg and appeared in his book ‘ The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Community Centers, Beauty Parlors, General Stores, Bars, Hangouts and How They Get You Through the Day. He describes the first place in society as home, the second place as work, and the third places/spaces as those environments where people meet to develop friendship, discuss issues and relax – coffee shops, gyms, pubs, sports clubs, nightclubs, and social groups etc. Oldenburg defends his belief that third spaces are an important way in which a community develops, and retains cohesion and a sense of identity. Third spaces are a vital factor in the quest for community.
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