Thousands of churches around the country are working to support people in their communities, providing activities ranging from food banks and debt advice, to night shelters and job clubs.
Both Church Urban Fund and Livability work to support churches as they engage with their communities and have contributed to the development of a Christian response to local life for many years. Given the impressive scale and diversity of Christian community engagement, it is all the more important that we continue to reflect upon the nature of that work and its impact.
In this new report Fullness of Life Together, Reimagining Christian engagement in our communities we have joined together to reflect on the way in which churches engage with our communities. In it we ask questions about the dominance of service delivery models in Christian community engagement and offer alternatives drawing on Co-production and Asset-based Community development.
Using case studies from around the country, theological reflection and questions for discussion we invite Christians seeking to impact their communities to reflect with us on how we might do this in ways that build community and result in life in all its fullness, shared together.