I found these questions for reflection really helpful, so I thought I'd post them up for you to perhaps be able to reflect on as well. Andrews suggests taking some time to sit in silence, and write down your answers:
1. What is the community that I feel called to live in more faithfully?
2. How can I connect with the people in my community more effectively?
3. How can I empty myself to make more time and space for others?
4. How can I ...
The Church Urban Fund has released a great summary of ABCD or Asset-based Community Development.
We wrote about taking an asset-based approach to pioneer ministry last month. The CUF report, titled 'Tackling Poverty in England: An Asset-based Approach', provides a great starting point for you to think about how to implement this approach in your context:
You can download the CUF report here.
HT: Richard Passmore
Do you start with what your community needs, or the assets it already has?
There are a lot of similarities between the practice of pioneer ministry and community development principles.
A key stage in growing new forms of church has to do with loving and serving those in the community you're looking to engage. Whether that's a geographical community or a cultural grouping or network, the approach is the same - to come alongside those in the community and find ways to honestly ...