The adapted Church Community and Change Process piloted in
Bootle , Diocese of Liverpool, Possil park, Lockwood Church of
Bill Crooks, Debbie King, Sheena Orr
What is the aim of the d iscovery
• Working together to show God’s Love with action in
• Show God’s Love .
• Action in the community – Put God’s love into action
• Working together
• Having fun and learning more about God’s `plan for us.
• Celebrating our achievements
What will be achieved?
• Our community will be improved by acts of
• The church become more aware of the needs and
opportunities for the church to work in the
• The church is equipped with skills and ideas to
strengthen and improve existing work and or start
• This approach builds confidence and a vision for
undertaking future initiatives by the group and the
wider church in the community
• A day away
• Six meetings of the group leading the
• A final weekend or day away for the whole
• A planned action
• Follow up to review what’s happened
What will we do over d iscovery
We will aim to meet once a month
Session 1. Introduction & celebration of who we are. So what are our
achievement and things we are proud of in our church and community.
What dreams do we have about the future
Session 2. Describe our community: Looking at our community from the
church’s perspective, what do we see as the major issues.
Session 3. Gather information and identify key issues from the community:
Find out what the community sees as major issues and problems as well
as opportunities for the church to make a difference.
Session 4. Explore issues and our resources: What are the burning issues in
the community that we have the capacity to respond to
Session 5. Dream of what we could do to make a difference. So lets think of
what we could do together that could make a difference however small.
Session 6. Plan for action. What are we going to do? , when? , how? with
who? , and by who? And with what resources?
What is involved in d iscovery
There are three key elements to each meeting which are :
1. Team building – discover gifts and skills we know and also don’t know.
2. Spiritual reflection – visual images, biblical reflections and prayer
3. Planning a practical action – fun activities to explore issues in our
community and simple techniques to help plan what to do
We aim to hold these sessions at the same time and on the same day each
month. So for example hold the sessions every first Monday in the month.
Between each meeting there will be small practical assignments
The group agrees at what time to meet and for how long. In most cases the
meeting are never more than 2 hrs
What things have others d iscovery
1. neighbours and strangers . Regular initiatives
• Pray for our neighbours we don’t know •OAP aerobics
• Visiting and befriending individuals and families •Running a drop in coffee bar for young people
• Visiting and befriending asylum families •After school club
•Soup kitchen for homeless
2. Small initiatives
• Regular Picking up litter 5. Influencing others for a better community
• Removing graffiti •Representing the community on key committees
• Provide lifts •Develop a community newsletter
• Teach /share skills •Develop a local radio programme
• Cook meals for families in need •Work with other faith based groups
• Help decorate homes of vulnerable
6. Major initiatives
3. Bigger one off initiatives • Community café +keep fit club
• Designing and painting a mural •Home start
• Plant trees and improve parish •Allotments and community gardens
• Do a fun day for the community
• Half term holiday club