Social Mobility insights and ranking for each of England’s 324 Local Authority areas – from a November 2017 report

This Government report from November 2017 – found via a tweet from @RuSource – uses a Social Mobility Index to highlight where, (geographically), people from disadvantaged backgrounds are most and least likely to make social progress. The index uses a range of 16 indicators for every life stage – from the early years through to adulthood … More Social Mobility insights and ranking for each of England’s 324 Local Authority areas – from a November 2017 report

10 ideas from social entrepreneurs – using others’ resources to get a mission done

This 1.5 hour 2017 video from the London School of Economics’ Marshall Institute, (“We do research and teaching in the field of private action for public benefit”), is on the subject of social entrepreneurs. It describes them as people who identify a pressing injustice or market failure AND have an idea of how to use … More 10 ideas from social entrepreneurs – using others’ resources to get a mission done

Toolkit – using your church building to offer an open welcome

Open Welcome is a new resource from Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre.  It is designed to help rural churches consider how they might use their building to offer welcome and hospitality to those in their community, both residents and visitors. Church buildings have the capacity to move people.  So we need to view them as more than just bricks … More Toolkit – using your church building to offer an open welcome

Oversight ministry – insights from a conference and some research

The following summary is based on this ” Oversight Ministry:  What we have learnt ” website article from March 2017 and a response to it by David Heywood Director of Pastoral Studies at Ripon College Cuddesdon.  For the original article Dr Jonathan Rowe, Director of Ministry, was asked what had been learnt from a national conference on … More Oversight ministry – insights from a conference and some research

Case Study – How a Festival blessed a community and grew the church

St John the Baptist at Kingston Bagpuize in Oxfordshire organised the 9 day festival as a mission to their village.  Preparation took two years of hard work and encouraged involvement from across the congregation.  Events  were chosen that would appeal to a broad cross-section of villagers and where possible build on existing church activities. “The … More Case Study – How a Festival blessed a community and grew the church

Updated toolkit – to help develop your church for wider community use

Hereford Diocese have recently (3/11/17) made available online their newly revised and expanded Crossing the Threshold toolkit.  It’s packed with 268 pages of advice, hints and tips for any group taking a community development approach towards adapting a church building for wider community use, while balancing the needs of existing worshippers. This practical document draws upon input and … More Updated toolkit – to help develop your church for wider community use