Community Organising

An introductory course to the core practices of community organising 

Connecting with our communities is a vital part of beginning a New Place for New People, and the practices of community organising are an excellent way to build and nurture becoming a community. There are three courses available, all held at Cliff College, beginning at 6pm with dinner on the Friday evening and ending after lunch on the Sunday. Application process below.

  • 23rd -25th September 2022 (bookings close 22 August)
  • 31st March - 2nd April 2023 (bookings close 1 March)
  • 20th -22nd October 2023 (bookings close 18 September)

Who is it for?: People beginning a new Christian community. Ideally,  in a team (at least two people from each team, maximum of four). This training is being offered first, to people who are  enabling and nurturing the New Places for New People communities within their district/circuit.

What’s it about?: Community Organising is a way of working together to enable positive change. It follows a clear methodology, similar to a practical theology ‘action/reflection’ cycle. It encourages building relationships, engaging in collaborative action and the development of local, contextual leadership. Through organising, participants can seek the transformation of unjust structures alongside the growth and flourishing of church and community. Community Organising practices offer a way for churches to engage in mission rooted in missio dei, bringing together social justice, social action, and contextual evangelism. This reflects the understanding of mission articulated in the Connexional God for All and therefore New Places for New People alongside the Methodist Church strategy for Justice, Dignity and Solidarity

This course is a starting point for anybody who is interested in community organising. It will help develop an understanding of what community organising involves and what it looks like in the real world. Participants will be introduced to the foundations of community organising: listening, power, and action. Community organisers reach out and listen to people, then connect and motivate them to build their collective power. In this course, participants will start to explore how people come together so that they can understand and take action on their concerns to build community and overcome social injustice.

Participants will learn about:

  • the importance of listening to build relationships and explore issues.
  • power in communities and why it matters.
  • what motivates people to act.
  • how to take the next steps in community organising

Application Process

1. To apply for a place on this FREE course please click the link to this form and we will get back to you to let you know if places are available. 

2. If you would like to attend this training course and are actively involved in one of the Connexionally-funded district NPNP projects please email Julian Bond directly, who will book you onto your chosen weekend.  

Travel costs to be paid by attendees (if this is prohibitive, please contact us).

Trainers: Carmel Murphy, Urban Life, supported by Kerry Scarlett, Learning Network, and Eunice Attwood, Church at the Margins Officer.  

 

Community Organising in your local context

You can find out more about community organising and regional/local training via Citizens UK and the work of Social Action Hubs. The core practice of community organising is the same methodology we are using for New Places for New People, and particularly for Church at the Margins.


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