About the Community Organising for Church Growth course
How can embracing Community Organising as a spiritual practice enable us to subvert conventional church growth narratives and achieve real growth in depth, impact and numbers? Join us for morning prayer, followed by an opportunity to share your breakfast in theological discussion and reflection with others. This event is organised in partnership with Citizens UK (www.citizensuk.org)
Community Organising in the UK is a fast-growing methodology for working through diverse alliances for change and justice in our communities. But it is also a potent force for leadership development, vocational discernment and congregational development and growth.
This is the second of three sessions in the series which begins 7 February 2024. In this session we will dig deeply into what is means to be an ‘organised church’: how this attracts new people into a church’s orbit thorugh building relationships both internally and with the wider community; enables a disorganising of ‘established ways of doing things’ and a reorganisanising around ways of being church that include newcomers, give them a voice, and ensure the church is responsive to the context in which it is set.
About the tutors
Alison Webster is a practical and mission theologian who offers spiritual accompaniment. She is General Secretary of Modern Church, and leads the Exploring Theology programme at Sarum. An experienced group and workshop facilitator, Alison has a particular passion for using the arts to encourage personal and social transformation. She has written widely on social justice, community organising and social action within an Anglican context for many years and is of Methodist heritage. Alison has published four books, most recently, Found Out: Transgressive Faith and Sexuality (DLT 2017), along with numerous articles and resource books. She is founder (and now emeritus) editor of two international journals, Theology and Sexuality, and Political Theology.
Keith Hebden spent seven years as a Secondary School teacher in Leicester and then London where he was Head of R.E. then trained at to be a priest in the Church of England, serving in Gloucester and Mansfield. He then spent two years as Director of the Urban Theology Unit before retraining as a Community Organiser – work he was engaged in since 2009 – and now support a team of Organisers work with Thames Valley Citizens and a national Living Wage campaign.