National Estate Churches Network

Working Class and Mission

When talking of ‘the Working Class’

Largely shaped by definition,

It’s economic, ‘lack of brass’

Along with structural composition.


Yet this is only just the frame

That doesn’t change our allocation.

It’s from outside and will constrain

And isn’t of the people’s making.


Working class culture, sometimes viewed

As adaption in response

Should never ever be construed

As passing nonchalance.


The church’s mission to get past

Other’s frames of social structure

Need ask to see God, unsurpassed,

As witnessed by their culture.

Joe Hasler

Joe Hasler is a priest and former community worker who has lived and worked on estates for many years. He blogs about his experience and has created resources on his website


Bristol Estate

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