If you’re thinking about how your churches might better engage with their local communities … then this Church Army research and resources maybe of interest. A list at the foot of this post gives examples of social action that the report lists in an appendix. Their November 2018 “A Bigger Difference” report is on social … More Social Action as a way of engaging with communities
Here are 5 top tips taken from/prompted by an academic study which is summarised below: List the various actors, (individuals or organisations), in your community. Map which have relationships with other actors in the community. Assess which issues the actors are most likely to collaborate on. Short on time? Put a coordinator, (or project leader), … More 5 top tips for churches on building community & addressing issues
Last weekend people from 3 of the parishes I work in gathered to celebrate our parish magazine. Its editor was retiring after almost 20 years of magazine production, along with the person who co-ordinates distribution, so we had a small party and presented gifts to the former editor and distribution team leader and welcomed the new … More All the news that’s fit to print?
This is a guest post by Jon Smith. I recently attended a course over six days run by Citizens UK (CUK). My place on the course was kindly funded by Diocese of Chelmsford and OK’d by the Bishop of Colchester. There were several other participants from the Diocese of Chelmsford area attending the course. The … More Community Organising – Power is the ability to act
From Germinate: The Arthur Rank Centre this is a four session course (2 to 4 hours per session) designed to run over 6 weeks – or more. It uses group exercises, reflection and – between sessions 2 and 3 some homework and research – to help a rural church understand the needs of their local … More Equipping a church for Rural Mission – a four session course over six weeks or so
Commissioned in 2016 to report to the Chancellor and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport – this review considers the funding and sustainability of listed church buildings. Published on 20/12/17, the press release for the review says…. ” The review panel highlighted the best practice of many churches and of volunteers around the … More Independent review calls for greater community use to give church buildings a sustainable future
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