After years of working with churches in disadvantaged communities (on housing estates, with Church Urban Fund and currently with St Martin in the Fields) I’m doing research into the response of C-of-E churches to need. C-of-E churches are busy doing all kinds of work in a context of social change, cuts to public services and increased need. I want to understand this important activity more.
My research focuses on four C-of-E churches in varied contexts, that each use different approaches to respond to need. I will spend between 5 to 10 weeks with each, help out with activity as a participant and then interviewing some of those involved, generating a case study of each.
Can you help? I need to find four C-of-E churches to participate in this research. To help find the four, I’ve adapted a social work model that summarises four essential ‘types’ of response to need. It’s not perfect – however, it’s a useful start for talking about responses to need. I’m looking for a C-of-E church for each of those four types.
It might be you think your church is responding as one ‘type’ and could be involved – please do be in touch.
Andy Turner –Centre for Community Engagement Research | Faiths and Civil Society UnitDepartment for Social Therapeutic and Community Studies,Goldsmiths, University of London | New Cross, London, SE14 6NW | UKOr maybe there’s a church you know of, that you think could be worth approaching? Please contact us if you can help and we will put you in touch with Andy Turner.
Church Action on Poverty are looking for an experienced practitioner to facilitate peer learning amongst churches in Greater Manchester.
- £27,905 – £32,029 pro rata, 7 hours per week, to be worked flexibly
- 25 days’ annual leave pro rata plus generous employer pension contribution
Based at Church Action on Poverty office, Salford. Working across Greater Manchester and occasional travel nationally. Subject to negotiation, the work could also be carried out on a freelance basis, paid on an appropriate daily rate, equivalent to the gross cost of a paid staff member.
Our new Church on the Margins programme in Greater Manchester seeks to promote the idea of a ‘Church of the Poor/Church on the Margins’: a church of justice, inclusivity and welcome. The Church on the Margins programme will be delivered in conjunction with the Methodist Manchester and Stockport District, the Centre for Theology and Justice based at Luther King House and other ecumenical partners. It will develop a network for people who are involved in church activism, estate ministry, people from church congregations, inclusive church, alternative church and those who want to make church a more welcoming place for all.
Over the next three years we will establish and facilitate a series of peer learning sets, to bring together groups of churches and projects across Greater Manchester, to explore together what it means to be a ‘church of the poor’, how to respond lovingly to their local context, and how to fully engage in Christian within marginalised communities. They will share stories of how their faith informs their action, and their action deepens their faith.
The facilitator will work alongside other members of the programme team in facilitating peer learning sets, participatory theological reflection and wider learning on what it means to be a ‘Church on the Margins’ within Greater Manchester.
For further information and to download a full application pack visit: https://www.church-poverty.org.uk/vacancy-facilitator/
The application deadline is 5pm on Thursday 23 January. Interviews will provisionally be on either Thursday 30 January or Tuesday 4 February.
Are you looking for resources for and insights into estate ministry? Joe Hasler is a parish priest with 25 years’ of experience of living and working on estates. He has also worked for 17 years as a community development worker.
Some of his work can be downloaded from the list below:
This is Joe’s research into the rich patterns of working class life and culture.
This is a testimony of how working class leaders raised themselves up on an estate in Bristol.
This is Joe’s research into how working class leaders have been raised up and formed on estates.
Joe’s thoughts on the need for the wider churches to trust that God is at work in the wisdom of working class leaders.
If you would like to read more about Joe’s thoughts please visit
Urban Life is a Christian organisation that has developed learning programmes to help groups reflect more deeply on their mission. The programmes are designed for people who work in urban areas and on the estates.
Groups meet to learn and reflect theologically on their practice and the encounters they have had. A Masters Degree programme is also available.
Urban life currently have spaces available on Experiments in Mission in the East Midlands with a taster session on the 13th February 2020 and a full start in March. Please click here for more details.