Posts Tagged: community work

5 questions to help you engage with your community

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 ... Read more

Autumn Update from Alway

The start of this year has been really exciting in Alway not only because of Pip and Troy joining us as new team members, but also because of the new things we have been doing as well as developing the already existing projects. Here are some of the things we have been doing: Gsus Live Gsus Live is an interactive classroom on a trailer where teenagers come aboard and look at three different issues from a Christian perspective. They are fear, rejection and forgiveness. ... Read more

Autumn updates from Duffryn

Things in Duffryn have been continuing to progress over the summer months. Here's an update of how everything is going: Music Club With help from Abbie and Sarah, the Music Club in Duffryn Junior School, has been going really well with around 25 children coming each week. We also had the chance to do some RE lessons in Duffryn High School using the GSUS Live trailer in partnership with King’s Church. Mum's Group Amy is involved in leading a breastfeeding support group for new mums, which ... Read more

Great summary of asset-based community development #ABCD

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 Read more

Pioneer Ministry: Start with the assets of your context, not the needs

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 ... Read more

The Incomplete Activist: the character of a pioneer minister?

I love this animation from CreativeConnection and Chris Erskine, which explores the inner life and character of activists. I think a lot of this applies to those who are pioneers as well. There seems to be a lot of convergence between these three roles which have garnered attention recently: The Entrepreneur in the business world The Community Activist in the voluntary sector The Pioneer Minister in the church world   HT: Gemma Dunning Read more