We would like to invite you to an event on the topic of Christian community engagement.
How can we bring about real, sustained change in communities?
Should churches act as service providers?
How can I live out my faith as I work to bring change in my community?
How can I work to reduce poverty without undermining the dignity of those in poverty?
If you’ve ever asked yourself one of these questions, or something like it, then this event may well be for you.
In the last few years, the UK has witnessed churches leading a renewal of community-based responses to social need. Yet this renewal raises questions about the nature of those responses – should churches conform to a service delivery model in their efforts to help those in need or is there another way?
In our recent Fullness of Life Together report, Church Urban Fund and Livability reflect upon these kinds of questions. We explore the limitations of a service delivery approach and look at alternative asset-based models for action including co-production and asset-based community development.
But with increasing downward pressure on churches and ever increasing need, are such approaches too idealistic?
This event aims to explore these questions from a practitioner perspective and to generate conversation about the possibilities for Christian community engagement. The afternoon will include short presentations on the themes of the report followed by two practitioner responses. Time will be given to facilitated conversation and response.
Join us to create a space for open discussion about our approach to community engagement and the theological convictions that underpin them.
Who is it for?
Church leaders, community workers, youth workers, volunteers, all those local and involved in their communities.
Time and Date:
12.30pm-3.30pm starting with lunch, on Wednesday 24th February 2016.
(When you register, please, let us know of any dietary requirements. Thank you!).
Livability National Office, Floor 6, 6 Mitre Passage, London. SE10 0ER
Author: Bethany Eckley
Date: 07 January 2016
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