Work with your Community
Partnering with local communities, whether for missional, community, business or cultural use, has a positive impact on the sustainability of places of worship. However, research shows that in order to be successful, the needs of the wider community must be the starting point in the development of any project.
By listening to your community’s needs and working with local people to meet them, your building can become a valuable asset in your church’s mission and in meeting the pastoral needs of your community.
Working with Growing the Rural Church is one of the ways in which your church or mission community can begin to look at working with the wider community. We can work with you to plan and deliver a consultation to find out what it is your local community needs, and support you to think about how you might meet those needs and how to put plans into action.
We know that there is a wealth of skills and experience already within most church congregations, and so it’s also always worth doing a skills audit of your church to see what you might be able to achieve yourselves. If you want to undertake a project within your church or mission community there are lots of resources available to support you, and we’ve put some of the ones we’ve found most useful here.