Here you can find information about developing your churches mission through specific projects and initiatives within your immediate community and through engaging with wider networks and agendas.
Jesus said “By their fruits you shall know them” and so Christian mission and witness combines both what we say and what we do. The Church and Christian faith is made credible when our actions can be seen as an authentic outworking of our faith.
The Gospel is expressed in practical acts of love meeting the real needs of local communities.
Approaches to community engagement
Mission Action Planning is now well established across the Diocese and you can find out answers to any questions you may have by clicking here.
Stella Collishaw, Community Action Officer, through her knowledge of local and regional organisations can work with you to improve connections with your community to enable you to develop social justice focussed work.
Gareth Greenwood, Community Project Development Officer, can provide advice and support to you in the development of specific projects or initiatives.
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If you are looking to redevelop the use of your church building or hall, but aren’t sure what steps to take then there are a number of resources which will be of help.
Resources from DAC DAC
Crossing the Threshold – a Community Development approach to the use of Church Buildings Crossing the Threshold
Funding and grants
Church Urban Fund- Gareth Greenwood is the Diocesan link officer for CUF Church Urban Fund
Networks & Research Links
Themed work is ongoing in a number of areas. Click on links below for more information:
Partnership work led by Mothers Union campaigning on Domestic Abuse - contact Stella Collishaw or Wendy Fitch
Project planning – Tools and resources
Alongside the MAP resources we have a range of other tools that will be useful at any stage of planning a project, initiative or event from the early ideas stage to supporting or facilitating evaluation in your parish or Deanery.
We also value your contact where there are good stories we can share to inspire others.
Stella Collishaw – 01332 388685
Gareth Greenwood – 01332 388690
If you develop a community initiative it would assit referral agencies to list it in Derbyshire Community Directory. CVS staff have a scheme called vSpa where local people are supported to access voluntary sector opportunities. For your local contacts get in touch with Stella or Gareth.