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Why does Tearfund work with local churches?

In communities around the world, churches are supporting some of the most vulnerable people in areas which organisations can struggle to reach. Church leaders are often respected and act as role models within their communities – as such, they are well placed to lead development initiatives.

We believe that poverty exists as a result of broken relationships with God, ourselves, others and creation. The church can play a key role in helping to restore these four broken relationships, bringing whole-life transformation to individuals and communities.

Our impact in 2020/21

Our vision for church and community transformation

Our vision is to see local churches actively responding 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 kickstart 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 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:

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.

Case study

Our church and community work: in-depth

You can find out more about why and how we focus on each of these key areas on our partner website, Tearfund Learn. Tearfund Learn provides free access to our research and resources from over 50 years of experience in international development.

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