Listen up!

Listen up!

Connecting Churches and Communities Through Listening

August 2014

Listening is a crucial first step for any activity that seeks to tackle poverty. It is important for challenging preconceptions and breaking down power dynamics between ‘helper’ and ‘helped’, creating spaces in which friendship and honesty can grow.

This report tells the story of one church that undertook a listening exercise to inform and shape their work in the community. In the report, the group who undertook the exercise explain how the listening was done, what they heard and, finally, what they will do as a result.

We hope that this report will be a useful and practical resource for other churches seeking to listen to, connect with and support people in their communities.