Who is it for: Anyone, lay or ordained, who wants to play an active part in strengthening both their local church and God’s work for justice in the wider city.
Dates: Sat 4th Feb, Sat 11th Mar, Sat 8th Apr, Sat 29th Apr (Commissioning Service on Sun 4th June)
Time: 10:30am-4pm (except Commissioning Service TBC)
Venue: Hunslet Methodist Church, Telforf Terrace, Hunslet, LS10 2HR
Leeds South and West Methodist Circuit is pleased to host this unique training opportunity for Christians in Leeds with support from Leeds Citizens. The training will help us grow as a discipleship movement shaped for mission through:
- Equipping presbyters, deacons and lay people with the tools of Community Organising for use in their ministry
- Increasing the capacity of individual churches to participate in outreach and social action in their community.
- Developing a circuit-wide network of “Social Justice Champions” to provide sustainable leadership and energy across the circuit
- Providing access to city-wide social justice campaigns and interfaith networks through participation in Leeds Citizens.
The training will be delivered by Tom Chigbo, a Community Organiser with Leeds Citizens.
It will contain a combination of theory, practical tools, stories and local action. Over the course of the year, we will cover 4 modules. Between each session, participants will be encouraged to practice a Community Organising tool or be set a simple “challenge” for completion with their church or local community.
Saturday 4th February – Introduction to Community Organising
- Power: is this compatible with Methodism?
- Practical Tool: Power Analysis
- Self-Interest: is this compatible with Methodism?
- Practical Tool: Stick Person
Saturday 11th March – Listening & Building Relationships
- Listening Campaigns: people before programme
- Practical Tool: The One to One Conversation
- Practical Tool: The House Meeting
- Planning Your Listening Campaign
Saturday 8th April – The Cycle of Action
- Worthwhile and Winnable Issues
- Building Research, Action and Evaluation into Church Life
Saturday 29th April – Your Institution
- Designing Your Own Action
- A Plan for Your Church
Circuit Commissioning Service
- Possible Date: Sunday 4th June (Pentecost)
- Social Justice Champions are commissioned and recognised publically at a joint service
Leeds LS10 2HR
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