information for transformational people

Collection:  Church for the Poor

 
In February 2019, the Bishop of Burnley, Philip North, spoke on a motion to have a church community on every significant social housing estate in the nation.
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Six sessions for churches and house groups using the film 'I, Daniel Blake' to engage with God’s heart for poverty in your community.
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Spending time with the neighbours in community, not to gauge their needs but to understand the talents. Hundreds of people now pass under the church's roof each week.
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A good deal of the sermon applications are aimed at the middle class and this can be especially damaging for Christians who come from lower-income situations. Some nuggets.
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How one church found abundance in a community of material poverty. Viewing people - not programmes, finances, etc - as their most valuable resource moved church members beyond their own walls and out into the streets, where they discovered..
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If we’re serious about the renewal of Christian life in our nation we need to do what Jesus did. It’s in the edges amongst the marginalised that renewal will come.
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Empathy binds us together. Sympathy divides us and turns us into consumers.
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A church began to attract people who through illness, poverty and disability were on the margins of society. The church grew and changed through this new life.
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Jesus was hanging around healing pools, busy street intersections, and wells and revealed to those around him their sacred worth.
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Are You a Good Neighbour? is an online course designed to help you apply the principles of helping without hurting in everyday life—and take the first steps toward building personal relationships with people in poverty.
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In stripping your team of their basic resources, Jesus is forcing you to rely completely on the local resources of those you visit due to your posture of dependence.
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Responding to social issues and building community. Report on Church in Action 2017: A National Survey of Church Based Social Action.
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A report exploring how churches can support and equip their members whose work or ministry with those ‘on the margins’ takes place primarily outside of church walls.
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Foodbank use update - what more had been learned, what initiatives were working locally, what policies had been changed and what still needs to be done.
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Christians around the world today find themselves in very different contexts than they did 40 years ago - need to think differently about the people among whom they live and work.
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There was once a man who threw a great dinner party and invited many. When it was time for dinner, he sent out his servant to the invited guests, saying, ‘Come on in; the food’s on the table.’
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Dr Liz Theoharis issues a strong theological call for ending systemic poverty in her book,  'Always with Us? What Jesus Really Said about the Poor'.
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The poor earn less, not out of incompetency, but because they must allocate mental capacity to problems that are more pressing to them than to the rich.
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How does the division between the wealthy and the poor affect the social aspects of our society? Are the wealthy truly invested in the poor and do they care?
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In his talk at New Wine, Philip North, Bishop of Burnley, suggests the answer to Church decline is a straightforward one. It’s because we have forgotten the poor.
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A new book presents a vision for and practicalities of becoming a church where people from all sections of society can find a home and play a part.
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William Booth 1829-1912, revivalist, champion of social reform and friend of the poor and downtrodden, speaking on the importance of practical Christian action.
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Christians moved into Holbeck - the most deprived area in Leeds 9 years ago. Their experience..
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Research into eight types of poverty premium that households experience to varying degrees at an average of £490pa.
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Poor families waited to come in for food. "Lord, we know that you will be coming through this line today, so help us to treat you well."
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The gospel may not only be good news to the poor but it may be good news from the poor. Through them God often chooses to show his creative love for the world.
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The story about how the church in Chicago came to be giving 200 cars away a year.
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Interviews with a church leader on changes in practice, identifying ministries, governance, partnership, money.
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Some people may wonder if the gospel really will work in places that are deprived by our world standards. History and scripture tell us otherwise.
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Churches in the survey were asked what strategies, if any, they using to reach people experiencing poverty. There were large differences in areas of least and most deprivation.
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As part of the Church of Poor survey, we asked ‘What do you feel most hinders you becoming a church for (and of) the poor?’. What themes emerged?
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Could there be some insights into being ‘a church for the poor’ by looking at the social action activities of churches in least deprived areas versus those in most deprived?
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The Diocese of Bristol provides ministry that serves and reaches out to some of the most deprived areas of the country in both Bristol and Swindon. Here are some insights about church on the Penhill and Pinehurst estates in Swindon.
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Hidden rules are the unspoken cues and habits of a group. If you are in a group, you understand these hidden rules and the danger is you take these for granted that they for everyone.
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"This work is all about helping people to recognize that they are capable of great things, and helping them accomplish them. People can make a difference."
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This report with research from 13 local church leaders illustrates the challenges and opportunities of church growth in mainly deprived communities across east London.
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A resource to help you be a church for the poor? Middle class understandings of those who work with people in poverty are often ill-suited for connecting with and helping people build up resources and rise out of poverty.
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Church Action on Poverty published a report in June 2016 with contributions from thinkers and leaders of many denominations on Pope Francis' call “I want a Church that is poor and for the poor”.
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John Wesley had a fierce heart for people in poverty and said some things which are deeply challenging to us, to our politics and our Church today. He said that “one great reason why the rich have so little sympathy for the poor is
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A church for the poor. Not just a food bank for the poor, debt advice for the poor, campaigning for the poor, an ESOL class, a financial literacy session, a cooking group, a gardening club for the poor… A church for the poor
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Inspired by Pope Francis’ vision of “a poor church, for the poor”, Church Action on Poverty is exploring how churches can do more to stand in solidarity with people in poverty. Reflections of many prominent Christians will shortly be published
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In March 2016, the Bishop of Burnley spoke about urban estates at a conference. Some very thought provoking excerpts: "Our task as the Church is the transformation of a nation
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