Our vision for church and community transformation
Our vision is to see local churches actively respond to the holistic needs of their communities in practical and sustainable ways, using their God-given potential and resources. This is a life-long journey, and the destination is ‘church and community transformation’ (CCT). Tearfund’s role is to kick-start this journey by helping churches to recognise that they can play an active role in bringing about the change they long to see.
Envisioning and mobilising churches
We believe that the church is called to go out into communities, restore brokenness and engage with the needs of individuals and the community – physical, spiritual, emotional, economic, environmental and social.
Tearfund’s approach is to envision and equip the church in practical ways to work with the local community, identifying needs and mobilising resources to bring about restoration and transformation.
How the church and community respond may include:
- Establishing community self-help groups
- Improving facilities
- Advocating for improvement of services, access to services or changes to unjust laws
- Improving relationships where there have been barriers and hostilities in the community
In church and community mobilisation, the local church works with the local community to identify and respond to their needs together. The process is open-ended and the resulting initiatives are managed by the church and community together.
To date, Tearfund has introduced church and community transformation processes in more than 40 countries.