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SE 492
Changing the World, A Young Person's Guide to Social Entrepreneurship
UnLtd have published a guide covering the stages involved in setting up a social venture. More ...
From a guide by UnLtd
16-24s charities 492
Facts + Figures: Young People and Charities 
A quick overview of volunteering and charitable activities by 16-24 year olds in the UK from nfpSynergy More ...
From a report by nfpSynergy
Safe Families 492
Safe Families for Children 
Helps stop children being taken into care. Instead they are placed temporarily with volunteer Host Families, mostly from churches. More ...
Geoff Knott
wellness 492
Better lives, better businesses 
A sustainable social enterprise focused on improving the well-being of employees in local organisations? More ...
Snakes and Ladders 492
Snakes and Ladders 
A way of exploring the process of leaving prostitution in a workshop setting More ...
From a report by Beyond the Streets
activity 492
The impact of activity groups
How is resilience, health and well-being affected by membership of church groups such as lunch clubs, choirs, etc? More ...
From research by CUF
TOW 17 492
Transform Our World Conference with Ed Silvoso May 18-19 Sunderland
Ed Silvoso and Ken Gott invite you to join them to learn more about transforming your community, city, region. More ...
Geoff Knott
mens sheds 492
Men's Sheds 
A place where men feel at home and pursue practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. Considerable health benefits. More ...
Geoff Knott
Lets Talk 492
Let's Talk 
Short videos and education packs that encourage conversations about key mental health topics. More ...
Geoff Knott
Doing Good 492
Doing good does you good 
It’s often said that it’s better to give than receive but did you know that this is actually backed up by research? More ...
From a publication by The Mental Health Foundation
Home 492
A place to call home? 
A set of six bible studies for small group discussion focusing on a range of issues around housing. More ...
Joint Public Issues Team
Life 492
The Beginning of Life 
This beautiful film, supported by UNICEF, explores the impact of a child’s early environment on their cognitive, social and emotional development. More ...
Geoff Knott
Happiness 2 492
Does increasing income make you happier?
Occupations like publicans and members of the clergy, which have similar income levels, seem to have very different levels of wellbeing. More ...
Geoff Knott
wanderland 492
Window Wanderland 
Imagine your neighbourhood’s ordinary windows transformed into an outdoor gallery and all generations coming together in a fun, creative way. More ...
Geoff Knott
Housing First 492
An end to rough sleeping? 
Overwhelming evidence supports Housing First, which provides homes alongside support to homeless people with complex needs. More ...
Geoff Knott
Halftime 492
I feel like God’s called me to the mission field, which is here in this office
A dental practice but with an added dimension. “It’s restoration of lives.”  More ...
From an article by The Halftime Institute
CoS 492
Circle of Security 
An early intervention programme about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened. More ...
Geoff Knott
JFTP 492
Justice for the Poor Bible study 
Poor families waited to come in for food. "Lord, we know that you will be coming through this line today, so help us to treat you well." More ...
From a video by Jim Wallis
Refresh 492
Refresh - Fresh Expressions
Church for people right where they are in the middle of everyday life. More ...
From a video by Fresh Expressions
Weifield 492
Business transforming a community
Electrical contractors, the Weifield Group are making a lasting impact on their community by giving ex-offenders and drug addicts a second chance. More ...
From a video by the American Enterprise Institute
selfharm 492
A Parent’s Guide to Self-harm 
Selfharm UK have published 'A Parent’s Guide to Self-harm' and an article 'Ten Top Tips for Parents of Children who Self-Harm'. More ...
From an article by Selfharm UK
faith 492
Faith in Dark Places 
The gospel may not only be good news to the poor but it may be good news from the poor. Through them God often chooses to show his creative love for the world. More ...
A book by David Rhodes
World Map 492
The World Family Map 2017 
Confirms family stability and marriage but it also contains some observations which run counter to media headlines. You may be surprised. More ...
From a report by The Institute for Family Studies
offices 492
Five ways church leaders can teach that work matters 
Communicating implicitly that they value the connection between faith and work as well as the validity of various callings. More ...
From a blog by Dr. Art Lindsley, Institute for Fai
father 492
Fatherhood: the impact of fathers on children’s mental health 
From pregnancy and early years through to adolescence, fathers are a major influence on a child’s emotional and behavioural health. More ...
From a report by the Centre for Mental Health
Turn 492
Want a long-lasting relationship? Turn towards one another 
Such kindness makes each partner feel cared for, understood, and validated—feel loved. More ...
Geoff Knott
Learning 492
Good practice for spiritual development with people with learning disabilities 
Practical steps to take to ensure that the spiritual aspirations of people with learning disabilities are met. More ...
From report by Caritas Westminster, St Joseph’s Pa
Grandparents 492
Grandparents and children - two-way benefits?
We intuitively know that grandparents contribute to children's wellbeing but what are those benefits and are there reciprocal ones to grandparents? More ...
Geoff Knott
Kammock 492
Kammock - moving people beyond a product into a deeper experience  
Encouraging and using adventure very strategically to help produce something greater in people - humility, curiosity and wonder. More ...
Geoff Knott
Assets 492
Assets not Burdens: using church property to accelerate mission  
A Centre for Theology and Community report on research into how  churches of all denominations use their buildings in one London Borough. More ...
From a Centre for Theology & Community report
Shopper 492
Shopper Stopper
Giving people control over the shops that never close.  More ...
Geoff Knott
Creativity 492
Encouraging creativity 
Creativity is very relevant to the way people work and also discovering who you are - what interests you and what could be your vocation. More ...
Geoff Knott
MacGregor 492
Rev. William MacGregor - champion of the poor
Sought to improve the lives of the poor in Tamworth in many ways and paid a price. More ...
Geoff Knott
Godbehindbars 492
God Behind Bars 
Churches are streaming services into prisons. Family members of prisoners can watch the same service at the same time - attend 'church' together. More ...
Freedom 492
Debt help buys financial freedom for years 
CAP's The Freedom Report - research on importance of debt advice in building financial capability, resilience to stay free of problem debt.  More ...
From The Freedom Report CAP UK
Shelter 492
Books that help children understand migrant and refugee experiences 
A great resource to help get children focusing on identity, belonging, conflict, migrant and refugee experiences - helping them make sense of the world around us and our place in it. More ...
From an article by The Centre for Literacy in Prim
Resilient Business 492
The Resilient Business 
How do we move from individually living out Christian values at work to embedding a Christian ethos at the heart of our organisations? More ...
From a publication by the Jubilee Centre
Ekklesia 492
Tradition - ballast for the voyage or an anchor? 
A radical break from tradition led to something on the order of an evangelistic tsunami so powerful that many Corinthians “were believing and were being baptised” (Acts 18:8). More ...
From an article by Ed Silvoso
Mechanic 492
Something exponential is possible when we release what we have been given to steward 
The story about how the church in Chicago came to be giving 200 cars away a year. More ...
From a video by Gospel Patrons
emotions 492
Teaching children about emotions 
Helping children to understand and manage their emotions is a key to their future health and development. More ...
Geoff Knott
Pay Compare 492
Pay Compare - helping make pay ratio reporting common practice 
The pay ratio enables employees, shareholders, consumers see how serious a company or organisation is about fair pay and equality. More ...
Geoff Knott
Andy and Nigel 492
Leading a church to minister with people experiencing poverty
Interviews with a church leader on changes in practice, identifying ministries, governance, partnership, money. More ...
From a series of blogs by Nigel Ring
bikehub 492
In London? Have you space for a Bike Hub? 
The Bike Project's mission is simple: to get refugees cycling. A bike can help them reach the many resources that London has to offer. More ...
Geoff Knott
Theology 492
The Theology of Work Bible Commentary 
A free, online resource that explores what the Bible says about faith and work, book by book through the Bible. More ...
Geoff Knott
mother 492
The things I would tell myself before I had children 
Emi Watson is a mum of two and a Digital Advertising Sales Manager. In this extract from her blog on the Mental Health Foundation website, she reflects on the changes she has experienced since becoming a mum. More ...
From the Mental Health Foundation
Diversity 492
How diversity makes us smarter 
Decades of research by organizational scientists, psychologists, etc show that socially diverse groups have better outcomes than homogeneous ones. Affects a church? More ...
From an article in Scientific American
20schemes 2 492
The rich history of gospel work among the poorest
Some people may wonder if the gospel really will work in places that are deprived by our world standards. History and scripture tell us otherwise. More ...
From an article by 20schemes
zeroto3 492
The 'Missing' First Year?
While parents have a general understanding that what happens in a child’s early years can last a lifetime, many don’t realize at what age babies and toddlers can begin to feel complex emotions. More ...
Geoff Knott
NoIPT 492
Help eliminate insurance premium tax for charities
From June 2017, approximately £48M will be paid by charities in Insurance Premium Tax each year. This could obviously be used by charities to achieve their aims. More ...
A campaign run by Access Insurance Services
ortberg 492
Building a culture of justice in your church
Nancy Ortberg talks about how to build a culture in your church which attracts non-believers to Christ. More ...
From a talk by Nancy Ortberg
Fin Exclusion 2 492
The use of digital technologies to tackle financial exclusion
The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) hosted a roundtable discussion in July 2016 to discuss how digital skills and technology can help tackle the problem of financial exclusion. More ...
From a report by CSJ
Homelessness 492
Church and homelessness survey report
What are churches are doing for homeless people and what are the challenges they face in meeting the seemingly increasing demand? More ...
Geoff Knott
hair 492
More than hair
Whatever you do, wherever your work takes you, God has uniquely equipped you to serve and to meet people at their point of need. More ...
From an article from The High Calling
LearntoLead 492
Empowering the young to lead
Learn to Lead - a programme for youngsters that takes engagement to a new level. Applicable to church children and youthwork? More ...
Geoff Knott
relationship 1 492
Couples relationship quality higher if both or just man attends services
What is the association between regular religious attendance and relationship quality for married and unmarried couples? More ...
From research by The Institute of Family Studies U
MHF Facts 492
Fundamental Facts about mental health 2016 
The Mental Health Foundation have published a comprehensive summary of mental health research in November 2016. It provides a unique handbook of key facts and figures, covering all key areas of mental health. More ...
From a report by The Mental Health Foundation
Limited 492
Forecasting which children will cost society the most 
20% of the population accounts for the lion’s share of social costs such as crime and welfare dependence as adults. Can we predict at age 3 and intervene? More ...
From research by King’s College London, Duke Unive
business 492
Everyone’s Business: Making Business Work for All 
A CSJ report looking at what changes might be needed to help businesses increase the societal impact of their activities alongside their commercial returns. More ...
From a report by The Centre for Social Justice
pencils 492
Relationships and good health the key to happiness, not income 
Results of a study of the Origins of Happiness, analysing survey data from four countries. What were the findings? More ...
from an article by LSE
Funders 492
Christian funders and grant-making: an analysis
Who are the Christian funders who give to multiple organisations, what they are doing and what the future of the sector might look like? More ...
From a report by Theos
people 492
Higher levels of education do not mean higher levels of tolerance 
Education is said to make people more tolerant by enhancing their knowledge and reasoning skills. As the generations become better educated and enlightened, does society become more tolerant? More ...
From an article by Jan Janmaat, UCL
Ed Moy 492
The effect of purpose at work
Ed Moy connected the everyday work of the U.S. Mint to a larger narrative and experienced a dramatic turnaround in employee morale. More ...
From a blog by The Gospel Coalition
top10 492
Top 10 blog posts 2016
I've been looking at the tens of thousands of visits to the Word on the Streets website since starting in April 2016 and the number of visits to each blog. Which ones were of most interest across the site? More ...
Geoff Knott
memory 492
Memory Café
Memory Café is run by St Cuthbert's Church, Wembley and helps the elderly and lonely who live locally. By doing this, the church has been able to create a real presence in the community and has grown. More ...
From an article by the London Diocese
We are family 492
We are Family: the changing face of family ministry
How is the Church working with families today? What does this ministry look like? What training and resources are available for those working in this field? More ...
From research by CGMC and The Methodist Church
Hauge 492
Hans Hauge
Hans Hauge was born in 1771 in southeastern Norway into a farming family. Despite only having a primary school education, he read the Bible and devotional books daily. In April 1796, he was ploughing a field when.. More ...
From material from Hauge Institute
NPC Difference 492
What a difference a faith makes
New Philanthropy Capital published a report in November 2016 entitled, 'What a difference a faith makes: Insights on faith-based charities'. What were the key findings? More ...
From a report by NPC
Welcome 492
Clergy Hosting 
Clergy Hosting is clergy offering hospitality to homeless migrants or refugees. More ...
Initiative of CapitalMass, DioLondon. Housing Just
resilience 1 492
10 tips for building resilience in children and teens 
Building resilience — the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress — can help our children manage stress and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. More ...
From a guide by the American Psychological Associa
spotlight 492
Commissioning people for the workplace
Recognising and commissioning people for the work they do during the week is a powerful message that their work matters not just to them but to fellow Christians and, above all, to God himself. More ...
From an article by The Mockler Center
elderly 492
Cook an extra plate for a neighbour
Volunteers share extra portions of home-cooked food with people in their area who aren’t always able to cook for themselves. They share once a week, once a month, or whenever works best for them. More ...
Geoff Knott
easypeasy 492
EasyPeasy - learning through play, every day 
Nearly half of children arrive at school ‘not ready to learn’. EasyPeasy is an app for parents to use that supports learning through play at home and shows significant improvement in school readiness skills. More ...
Geoff Knott
Tutor 492
Tutoring for disadvantaged students
In the last year alone, 10% of all state-educated 11 – 16 year olds in England and Wales, about 280,000 students, were tutored. One quarter said they had received private tuition at some point in their schooling. More ...
From a report by Sutton Trust
Happiness 492
The Happiness Course
Everyone wants to be happy… yet what exactly is happiness? A short course which connects with your community whilst being a safe place to explore tough issues. More ...
Geoff Knott
Rising capacity and demand for migrant accommodation 
NACCOM, the No Accommodation Network annual accommodation survey. 1,707 individuals accommodated by 36 NACCOM Members, an increase of 28.5% since 2015. More ...
From a news item by Lucy Smith, NACCOM
greenleaf 492
Servant leadership
Jesus demonstrated servant leadership. How does this apply to leadership in an organisation? Robert Greenleaf articulated this based on his experience in business. More ...
Geoff Knott
EIF Cost 492
£17bn per year - the cost of late intervention
Results of research of the costs of ‘late intervention’: the acute, statutory and essential benefits and services that are required when children and young people experience significant but preventable difficulties in life. More ...
From a report by EI Foundation
Megachurches 492
Megachurches and social engagement in London
Initial results of a three year study investigating the nature of social engagement among London’s very largest churches. What are the findings? More ...
from a report by Edward Cadbury Centre
Darlington 492
If your church closed, would your community notice?
Phil Hillsden leader King's Church, Darlington was challenged by that question and set about changing the church. The church's strap line is now, "Transforming Lives, Changing Communities". More ...
Geoff Knott
COP report 492
Church for the poor - strategies to engage people experiencing poverty
Churches in the survey were asked what strategies, if any, they using to reach people experiencing poverty. There were large differences in areas of least and most deprivation. More ...
Geoff Knott
depression 492
Poverty and Mental Health
Many people in the UK live in poverty. Many people will experience a mental health problem each year. What's the link between the two? More ...
Geoff Knott
working parents 492
How families are combining work and family life
Earlier this year, Working Families published their 3rd Modern Families Index - a snapshot of family life in the UK today. In particular, it focuses on how families combine work and family life. More ...
Working Families
ethics 492
Change incentives to reward ethical behaviour?
Existing incentive schemes can lead to bad behaviour. What if the incentive scheme in your company was changed to reward encourage good and deter bad behaviour? More ...
Geoff Knott
Mate 492
Adverse Childhood Experiences - a doctor's story
Gabor Maté has worked worked in a palliative care and in an area challenged by hard core addiction, mental illness, HIV and related conditions. He talks about the importance of early years' development. More ...
From a talk by Gabor Maté
barrier 492
Church of the poor - the barrier of middle class church
As part of the Church of Poor survey, we asked ‘What do you feel most hinders you becoming a church for (and of) the poor?’. What themes emerged? More ...
Geoff Knott
paraclesis 492
Changing church to be 'love with skin on'
Paraclesis is a term that is found over 140 times in the New Testament. It means to come alongside. A new resource helps a church develop a fresh culture of care. More ...
Geoff Knott
shelter 1 492
Church for the poor - 'poor focused' activities
Could there be some insights into being ‘a church for the poor’ by looking at the social action activities of churches in least deprived areas versus those in most deprived? More ...
Geoff Knott
sulky child 492
5 steps of emotion coaching to help child development 
Successful parents tend to do 5 very simple things with their children when they were emotional. Children who had “Emotion Coaches” for parents were on a more positive developmental trajectory. More ...
Geoff Knott
The eating place 492
Café where diners pay what they can
The Eating Place in Coventry doesn’t have prices on its menu. Coventry City Mission began the scheme in their café as a pilot project about a year ago to help people suffering from loneliness or poverty. More ...
Geoff Knott
refugees 2 492
Church as sanctuary to refugees 
The Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, spoke recently of why Christians are mandated to offer welcome to all and how churches can support refugees and asylum seekers new to this country. More ...
Geoff Knott
curve 492
Are you an early adopter or a laggard?
What next for church social initiatives, community franchises? A look at their spread and what could or should be next. More ...
Geoff Knott
fx 492
The missional impact of fresh expressions 
In November 2016, the Church Army published research about fresh expressions of Church - an initiative of the Church of England. What did they discover? More ...
From the Church Army Research Unit
True 492
Quaker values and innovation
What were the ethics and values that Quakers brought to business in the 18th and 19th centuries which brought them so much success? More ...
From Chocolate Wars by Deborah Cadbury
Village 1 492
The Village
This is the story of a remarkable village in Luquan, Kunming which has taken 166 special needs children from the Kunming orphanage into their families. A picture of God adopting us. More ...
From a video by Care for Children
Shelter 492
Night shelter
As winter draws near, many churches will be participating in running night shelters for those on the streets. Here's the story of a Night Shelter provided each night by one of 6 churches in Manchester. More ...
From CofE Manchester
Mental Health 2 492
10 ways to look after your mental health 
The Mental Health Foundation promotes good mental health for all. As part of this work they publish helpful guides. One of these is 'How to look after your Mental Health'. More ...
From The Mental Health Foundation
adoption 492
Home for Good - a home for every child that needs one
Sunday 6th November 2016 is Adoption Sunday. It is an opportunity each year for the Church to share the good news of our adoption into God’s family and to respond to the needs of young people in the UK care system. More ...
From Home for Good
Paranaque 492
Paranaque City transformation
In recent years, this city has been transformed, as the leaders have declared Paranaque a city dedicated to God. A major breakthrough occurred when permission was given to Christians to hold daily prayer meetings right in the heart of the City Hall. More ...
From Transform Our World
dont shut eyes 492
Don't shut your eyes
Human trafficking and other forms of exploitation are all around us. Victims may be washing your car, painting your nails, picking your food, etc. How do you spot the signs? More ...
From the European Freedom Network
estate 492
Mission and ministry in deprived areas
The Diocese of Bristol provides ministry that serves and reaches out to some of the most deprived areas of the country in both Bristol and Swindon. Here are some insights about church on the Penhill and Pinehurst estates in Swindon. More ...
From CofE Diocese of Bristol
What to expect when 492
What to expect, when?
A simple guide which takes parents of 0-5 year olds through the expectations of each age band and how they can support their children’s learning and development. More ...
A publication of 4Children
Dallas Willard 492
Finding God in Business 
Business is a primary arrangement on God's part for people to love one another and serve one another. If God wasn't in 'business', it wouldn't even be there. More ...
A talk by Dr Dallas Willard
rules 492
Hidden rules among classes
Hidden rules are the unspoken cues and habits of a group. If you are in a group, you understand these hidden rules and the danger is you take these for granted that they for everyone. More ...
From A Framework for Understanding Poverty Dr Ruby
Link Chain 492
Engaging with your local authority and other partners  
Commission have published a very useful guide on lessons learned and recommendations for 'Engaging with your local authority and other partners'. More ...
From a report by Commission church network
Parenting Styles 492
Four Styles of Parenting 
Developmental psychologists have identified four parenting styles and all have different impacts on children; Authoritarian, Authoritative, Permissive, Uninvolved. What is impact on children? More ...
From an article by Kendra Cherry
Employment 492
Ten good reasons to hire ex-offenders
"I find the staff we’ve recruited from prisons are among the best colleagues we’ve got. We see this as a great way of not only helping people but of getting people to work for us." More ...
Geoff Knott
prison 492
1000+ facts about the prison system
Prison Reform Trust produced a fact file about prisons in England+Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in autumn 2015. It contains a huge number of insights and would inform prayer and other initiatives. More ...
From a report by The Prison Reform Trust
jff 492
God and money films plus study guides
Just Finance have published four short videos on what the Bible says about money and how does Christian tradition help us think about money and debt. More ...
Just Finance Foundation
Resilience 492
How a community becomes trauma-informed
A few weeks back, I wrote about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the effect they have on adult health including mental illness, doing time in prison, and work issues, such as absenteeism. More ...
Geoff Knott
Jesse Boot 492
Boots the Chemist
A High Street name founded by a family of faith with the motive of bringing affordable medicines to the poor - breaking monopolies and transforming healthcare. More ...
Geoff Knott
Teen 492
Insights into teen health and well-being
Dept of Education research. It is clear that the year 10 students in 2014 have markedly different attitudes and behaviours than those in 2005. How have things changed in those nine years? More ...
Geoff Knott
Cormac Russell 492
Sustainable community development: from what's wrong to what's strong
How can we help people to live a good life? Instead of trying to right what's wrong within a community, start with what's strong. More ...
A TEDx talk by Cormac Russell, MD of Nuture Develo
online 492
Online Church - extending gospel reach
Everyday Church based in south-west London launched an online church in September 2015. Everyday Church has planted many churches and the online church is seen as another church plant. More ...
Geoff Knott
encourage 492
'You'll either be a millionaire or locked up.'
We can all encourage youngsters as they grow up and that can, without you knowing, have a great affect on their future. To illustrate this, here are two stories: More ...
Geoff Knott
Purpose 492
Purpose businesses - redesigning business for social impact
Recently there has been a Kickstarter campaign for designing 'The Purpose Hotel'. It was oversubscribed. The concept is based on guests, who use the hotel, 'changing the world while you sleep'. More ...
Geoff Knott
talk jesus 492
Talking Jesus - perceptions of Jesus, Christians and evangelism
What do people in this nation know and believe about Jesus? What do they really think of us, his followers? Are we talking about Jesus enough? These are just some of the questions asked More ...
from research for CofE, Hope, EA
Cooking 492
Beyond foodbanks
The Scottish government recently announced 21 project awards totalling £900,000 from their Fair Food Transformation Fund. This fund supports initiatives across the country that are seeking to reduce reliance on emergency food aid. More ...
Geoff Knott
ThisTimeTomorrow 492
This time tomorrow
Churches in the Diocese of London are creating This Time Tomorrow slots in their services to encourage congregations to pray for their church family not just on a Sunday, but on Monday, Tuesday and every other day of the week. More ...
from an article Diocese of London
Mindset 492
Why mindset matters
A fixed mindset believes intelligence is static which leads to children not achieving their potential. A growth mindset on the other hand believes that intelligence can be developed and leads to higher levels of achievement. More ...
Geoff Knott
refugees 1 492
Top 10 facts about refugees and asylum seekers 
The Refugee Council recently published some myth-busting facts about refugees and asylum-seekers based on latest available statistics. Here are the top 10: More ...
The Refugee Council
Strength 492
The inner strength of troubled neighbourhoods
"This work is all about helping people to recognize that they are capable of great things, and helping them accomplish them. People can make a difference." More ...
From an August 2016 article by David Bornstein
VCS 492
Private schools helping primaries in deprived areas  
In Silicon Valley, California, there is a very high achieving set of schools – Valley Christian Schools. They have linked with a primary school in a local area where there are lots of social issues. The results in this primary school have risen More ...
Geoff Knott
Better Way 492
A sign that read: “Want a Job. Anything Helps.” 
This month will be the first anniversary of Albuquerque’s There’s a Better Way program, which hires street people for day jobs tidying up the city in partnership with a local charity, St Martin's, that serves the homeless population. More ...
Geoff Knott
4Children 492
Families in Britain - 6 themes
What is daily life really like for Britain’s families? 4Children began to dig deeper into the hopes, fears and aspirations of our country’s families. Their report identified six themes More ...
Conversation 492
Reaching parts of the community others can’t - part 2 
The gospel is not something we come to church to hear, it is something we go from church to do. How can we all be equipped to talk about faith matters naturally and honestly? More ...
Geoff Knott
Village 492
Where is the village?
It is said that it takes a village to raise a child, but where is that village today? Bill Milliken, now 75, reflects on lessons he has learnt from helping troubled students in the USA stay in school, graduate, and succeed in life. More ...
From a talk by Bill Milliken, co-founder Communiti
Justice 492
Justice - practically living it out
Richard Gough, General Secretary at the Diocese of London challenges us to think about justice as consumers, in the context of business and with our assets. More ...
From CapitalMass
video 492
Using video to aid transformational action 
Time and again, we have seen the impact video can have, not just for large brands, but for charities too, no matter the size. When produced well, video has the power to emotionally move people More ...
Debra Sobel, film director, Vanilla Films
Secret Garden 492
Reaching parts of the community others can’t - part 1
With the growth of social action in recent years, there have been many opportunities for Christians to express love and compassion to their neighbours, but how does that relate to evangelism? More ...
Geoff Knott
Nat Churches Trust 492
Grants for buildings/facilities for community use
Deadline 12th Sept 2016. The National Churches Trust Community Grants programme offers grants of £10,000+ for projects for facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship. More ...
Geoff Knott
CIPD 492
Mental health in the workplace 
The importance of supporting people’s mental health at work has slowly but surely gained recognition in the UK over the past few years, and with very good reason. Here are the key findings of a survey of 2000 employees by CIPD. More ...
From a report by CIPD
Mum and child playing 492
Three resources for parents of toddlers
Free downloadable resources for you to give away in your community to parents of 1-5's and advertise your parent and toddler group based on resources of SKIP, a community campaign in New Zealand. More ...
Geoff Knott
Church Growth 492
Church growth in east London: a grassroots view 
This report with research from 13 local church leaders illustrates the challenges and opportunities of church growth in mainly deprived communities across east London. More ...
From a report by The Centre of Theology and Commun
Addiction 492
Supporting those in addiction 
The Community Church Honiton have a team of over 60 volunteers working in a wide variety of social action initiatives. One of these ‘Walk the Talk’ is supporting those in drug / alcohol addiction. More ...
From a blog by Commission/Community Church Honiton
Parents and baby 492
Three resources for expectant and new parents
Free downloadable resources for you to give away in your community to expectant or new parents and advertise your parent group, based on resources of SKIP, a community campaign in New Zealand. More ...
Geoff Knott
Loneliness 492
How can churches best respond to loneliness? 
In July 2016, CUF published a briefing paper 'Connecting Communities: The impact of loneliness and the opportunities for churches to respond'. The information is helpful for creating effective actions. More ...
From a report by Church Urban Fund
Alan Scott 492
Present your life before God as an offering
Alan Scott, a leader of Causeway Coast Vineyard Church in Coleraine, North Ireland gave a talk on Romans12 at the Catalyst Festival in May 2016 on Christianity in the Marketplace. More ...
Geoff Knott
Building 492
Mission Shaped Buildings 
There is a profound shift taking place in the UK as churches begin to engage with the real needs of the community around them. This is manifesting itself in the design of church buildings to properly resource the work and reimagine church. More ...
Kelvin Sampson
money and marriage 492
The marriage gap between rich and poor parents 
The Marriage Foundation has found that a marriage gap between rich and poor parents exists throughout Europe, contrasting marriage rates between top and bottom income quintiles. More ...
From a briefing paper by The Marriage Foundation
Refugee Camp 492
Made for goodness: A faithful response to the refugee crisis
Briefing produced by the Joint Public Issues Team: Baptist, Church of Scotland, Methodist and United Reformed Churches working together: "A Christian response to the unfolding refugee crisis must begin with More ...
Joint Public Issues Team: Baptist, CoS, Meth., URC
Faith and Well Being 492
Active faith is key factor in increased well-being  
Theos recently published a report on Religion and Well-being:Assessing the evidence. They looked at nearly 140 studies on the relationship between religion and well-being and uniquely tried to reach More ...
Geoff Knott
Art 492
Key factor that predicts community involvement
A study in 2013 found that attending cultural or sports events was the largest predictor of civic engagement. Young people who said they went "often" to theatre, ballet, classical concerts, museums, galleries or sports events More ...
Geoff Knott
Work as worship 492
What is Work as Worship?
A helpful 3 min video from RightNow Ministries exploring how working in the marketplace with our God-given skills can be an act of worship. Many people spend a great deal of time at work and yet they don’t see how their work intersects with their faith. More ...
Geoff Knott
BOOP 492
Bridges Out of Poverty
A resource to help you be a church for the poor? Middle class understandings of those who work with people in poverty are often ill-suited for connecting with and helping people build up resources and rise out of poverty. More ...
Geoff Knott
SA Stepney 492
An agent of reconciliation
"We felt convicted that relational poverty, like material poverty, is a form of injustice. Without reconciliation this wonderful neighbourhood could never reach its potential and Jesus’ prayer for it to “be on earth as it is heaven” More ...
From a blog by The Centre for Theology and Communi
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Youth club for young refugees and asylum seekers
An example of a church which started a youth venture among vulnerable young refugees and asylum seekers. "Once the basic needs are provided for [by the authorities], their other needs take a back seat. More ...
Geoff Knott
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Community sponsorship scheme launched for refugees in the UK 
The Home Secretary and the Archbishop of Canterbury have launched a new scheme to encourage community groups to sponsor a refugee family. More ...
Home Office, DCLG, DFID
InControl 492
Money and mental health - a consultation
People with mental health problems are far more likely to face financial difficulty than others. The Money and Mental Health charity have launched a consultation on policies to protect such consumers. More ...
Geoff Knott
MOUP 492
The Myth of the Undeserving Poor
On the 30th July 2016, Martin Charlesworth of Jubilee+ and co-author of The Myth of The Undeserving Poor presented the findings and biblical reflections from the book at an event organised by CapitalMass in London. More ...
Geoff Knott
ACE 492
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and future health
A multi-year survey of 17000 patients looked at their health and also asked what childhood traumas they had experienced. When the doctor conducting the research first saw the results, he was stunned. “I wept,” he says. More ...
Geoff Knott
Bless 492
When you bless those who curse you
You may have seen or experienced anger, mockery, opposition by those who disagree with you or perceive you as a threat. You will have seen such behaviour in society concerning local and national issues, using all sorts of media. How can Christians More ...
Transform Our World
Dan Price 492
The CEO who cut his pay to give his staff a £50,000 minimum wage 
A challenging story from the USA about Dan Price, the CEO of Gravity Payments who earned $1.1M pa and decided to reduce it so that all workers in the company could earn a minimum salary of $70,000pa More ...
Geoff Knott
Poor report 492
What does it mean to be a poor church, for the poor? 
Church Action on Poverty published a report in June 2016 with contributions from thinkers and leaders of many denominations on Pope Francis' call “I want a Church that is poor and for the poor”. More ...
Geoff Knott
Ragged School 492
John Pounds, Thomas Guthrie, Thomas Cranfield
A cobbler, a minister, a tailor. Men of faith who started teaching poor children in the late 18th/early 19th century that led to a revolution in the British education system. More ...
Geoff Knott
Executive Toolbox 492
Executive Toolbox
Executive Toolbox run by LICC is a programme for Christian workplace leaders, which is uniquely structured to help you have a significant impact on the way you work, the people you work with and the organisations you work in. More ...
Geoff Knott
CEO pay 492
Linking CEO pay to rates of lowest paid staff? 
Some time back, I attended a workshop on inequality. One of the questions that intrigued me was, 'What should be the ratio of the CEO's pay in a company and the lowest paid workers?' More ...
Geoff Knott
Ivybridge 492
Reflections on justice and compassion
CapitalMass have produced some very short videos of Christians on the frontline reflecting on Compassion and Justice. Something for small groups to reflect on? More ...
Geoff Knott
Catalyst 492
Advancing the Kingdom in the workplace
A 3 minute video from Catalyst. Three Christians in the workplace tell of their ministry in the marketplace. Daniel, an entrepreneur from the world of fashion, Dawn, a nurse and Danny, a children's worker. More ...
Geoff Knott
Mental Health 492
Resources for youth mental health
"Some people with mental health problems today are almost guaranteed to live a life in poverty. And the number of people who suffer from poor mental health is larger than you might think." More ...
Geoff Knott
Reconciliation 492
A time for reconciliation
Steve Clifford, Director General of the Evangelical Alliance speaks about how the church needs to model reconciliation in these times of divided opinions, upheaval and uncertainty. More ...
Geoff Knott
Juarez 3 492
Transformation Cuidad Juarez - 3
Following on from my last blog regarding about the transformation that is on-going in Cuidad Juarez, here is an update on what has happened in the city: More ...
Geoff Knott
Workplace 492
Social action in the workplace
"What is it about... spending so many hours of my life here? If it's only about trying to find the very rare occasion to talk about faith, well, something is wasted. What I had to learn is God's calling for me here. More ...
Geoff Knott
Budget 492
Helping financial management
There are some financial products that could be useful for those struggling with budgeting and managing their finances. If you are involved in debt advice or helping vulnerable people you may want to investigate further. More ...
Geoff Knott
Juarez 2 492
Transformation Cuidad Juarez - 2
In Mexico, in Cuidad Juarez, after the city was touched, they still had a problem with schools. One-thousand schools. The pastor Poncho Morguia went to the school superintendent. He asked this lady, "Would you give me ten schools, More ...
Geoff Knott
Parents 492
Wide division in building good childhood foundations in high-low socio-economic families
"Social mobility begins in the home. Parenting has not received the attention it deserves. Parents provide the foundations for children’s progress in later life" More ...
Geoff Knott
Cyrus and James Clark
Cyrus and James Clark
Clarks Shoes started in 1825 as a business making sheepskin rugs and slippers. Their sheepskin slipper, named the ‘Brown Petersburg’, was a huge success. Within years of its unveiling, its unique design graced feet the length and breadth of the country More ...
Geoff Knott
Juarez 1 492
Transformation Cuidad Juarez - 1
Ed Silvoso recently told the story of Poncho Murguia, a pastor in Cuidad Juarez, a city on the Mexican-USA border, who, obeying God, stepped out of his church role and set out to transform his city - the murder capital of the world. More ...
Geoff Knott
John Wesley 492
Church of the poor: A fierce heart for people in poverty 
John Wesley had a fierce heart for people in poverty and said some things which are deeply challenging to us, to our politics and our Church today. He said that “one great reason why the rich have so little sympathy for the poor is More ...
Liam Purcell
helping children succeed 492
Help children by helping their parents
In 1986, in a few of the poorest neighborhoods in Kingston, Jamaica, researchers held an experiment that has done a great deal to change our thinking about how to help children succeed. Its message: Help children by supporting and coaching their parents. More ...
From an essay by Paul Tough, author
transforming work 492
Transforming work - small group resource
"The primary action of the church in the world is the action of its members in their daily work." Leslie Newbigin. How can a church equip its congregation for the majority of the time they spend interacting with the majority of the unchurched world? More ...
Geoff Knott
money 2a 492
God and money - money, scripture and tradition
Second of a series of 4 short films from To Your Credit. Leading theologians reflect how the Church has developed its teaching on debt, money and credit over the last two thousand years. More ...
Geoff Knott
Safe Haven 492
Safe Haven? Responding to Europe's refugee/migration crisis.
An excellent 5 minute film by Jubilee Centre/CPFE setting out the main issues surrounding the refugee crisis, priorities for public policy and options for Christians to make a difference. More ...
Jubilee Centre CPFE
Children in care 492
Too many children in care ending up behind bars 
An independent review, established by Prison Reform Trust. Around half of the 1,000 children currently in custody in England and Wales have experience of the care system. This is despite fewer than 1% of all children in England More ...
An independent review Prison Reform Trust
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Impact franchises
If you are a business person and want to run your own business, why not consider an impact franchise? Impact franchises are commercial franchises that have social impact beyond that of job creation. More ...
Geoff Knott
HodgeHill 492
Church of the poor: Turning the world upside-down 
A church for the poor. Not just a food bank for the poor, debt advice for the poor, campaigning for the poor, an ESOL class, a financial literacy session, a cooking group, a gardening club for the poor… A church for the poor More ...
Liam Purcell
Elderly event 492
Getting older...
About 3.8m older people live alone. Over one in ten older people are in contact with family friends or neighbours less than once a month. Two-fifths of older people say that their main company is the TV. What can a church do? More ...
From a blog Graham Tomlin and Sian Brookes
Changing Light 492
Changing Light - an experience for people starting work
The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity and Latimer Minster, Buckinghamshire. Transitioning to Working Life? A weekend experience for people in their first year of working life or More ...
Parental Relationships and Chi
The effect of inter-parental relationships on children
The quality of the inter-parental relationship, specifically how parents communicate and relate to each other, is increasingly recognised as a primary influence on effective parenting practices and More ...
Professor Gordon Harold and Dr. Ruth Sellers
Random Acts 492
Carry a generosity kit with you
A generosity kit could be as big as a suitcase or as small as your back pocket. The idea is just that you face the day prepared – with a kit of items that could range from a safety pin to a shovel, ready to give out generously to those in need. More ...
Geoff Knott
Housing Affordability 492
Housing affordability - costs undermine living standards
New research by the Resolution Foundation goes beyond the question of house prices and looks at the proportion of household income spent on housing – including rent, mortgage repayments and service More ...
Lindsay Judge - Resolution Foundation
askthequestion 492
Today over 45 million people are trapped in modern slavery around the world. We have the power to change this and make slavery history. From 1st April 2016, companies must disclose what steps they are taking to deal with slavery in their supply chains. More ...
Geoff Knott
Afterschool club 492
After-school clubs help poorer primary school pupils to get ahead
Taking part in after-school clubs can give primary school children from poorer families a boost in academic performance and provide them with important social skills. According to a new working paper More ...
From article-Emily Tanner NatCen Social Research
foodbank 492
Foodbank involvement - changing local businesses?
I was having a conversation with a church leader some time back about social enterprise. He then went on to talk about the difficulty with financially sustaining some ‘community franchises’ More ...
Geoff Knott
francis chan 492
Francis Chan shares about ministry to the poor in San Francisco
Francis shares in this 2 minute video about how different it is to make disciples with the down-and-out in San Francisco. More ...
Geoff Knott
ESOL Action Language 738
Challenges, successes and barriers accessing ESOL provision
Some of the barriers which prevent people from accessing ESOL (and other services) are culture, limited availability of classes, lack of confidence, immigration status, cost and location. More ...
Ayesha Afzal, Beverley Brooks, Julian Prior
Helping in homeless shelter 49
The opportunity of work experience and community service
Why do university educated, professional classes continue to move ahead while those at the bottom can remain stuck? What can we do about the advantages that are lacking? More ...
Geoff Knott
Sir John Laing
Sir John Laing
The story of John Laing of Laing Construction. From the early days, John Laing was concerned for the well-being of his employees. Although he expected much from his staff, he also worked consistently to see an improvement in their conditions. More ...
Geoff Knott
Volunteer 492
Working well with volunteers
The Church Urban Fund has published some great resources on 'Working Well With Volunteers' to help guide churches and church-based organisations. "Churches vary enormously in resources - human and otherwise - but they all rely on volunteers. More ...
Information presented by the Church Urban Fund
migrants 492
A Church for the poor? Letting go of power
Inspired by Pope Francis’ vision of “a poor church, for the poor”, Church Action on Poverty is exploring how churches can do more to stand in solidarity with people in poverty. Reflections of many prominent Christians will shortly be published More ...
Liam Purcell
Brian Burton 492a
Transformation and explosive church growth in Thailand
Led by Pastor Brian Burton from the UK, the Phuket Christian Centre (PCC) has been the catalyst for many great works of God in Phuket, on the Thai mainland, and even in neighbouring Myanmar. More ...
Adapted blog from Int. Transformation Network
Syrian Refugees and the UK 738
Syrian Refugees and the UK - House of Commons Briefing Paper
As the Syrian crisis gets ever deeper, there is ongoing pressure for the UK to accept more Syrian refugees. Over 13.5 million Syrians need help More ...
Geoff Knott
goHenry 492
goHenry - a fun way to pay pocket money and teach good money habits?
goHenry is a Pre-paid Card and App with unique parental controls for young people aged 8 to 18. It was founded by a group of parents, designed specifically with the goal of helping young More ...
Geoff Knott
education 492
6 resources to help with education
When the Life Chances initiative was launched in January 2016 to help the poorest children in the country, one of the 4 areas of focus was education. Many churches are already involved in giving assemblies, etc., but what might be extensions More ...
Geoff Knott
StepChange debt 492
A look at the lives of 300,000 people in debt in the UK
Nearly 550,000 people contacted the StepChange Debt Charity for help in 2015. Their Statistic Yearbook 2015 gives some real insights, through simple infographics, into the personal debt of clients in this year. More ...
Geoff Knott
Lifesavers 492
Lifesavers - financial education and savings clubs
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Task Group and pfeg, the Personal Finance Education Group are rolling out LifeSavers, a national financial education programme for primary schools. Could you register a primary school you are involved with? More ...
Geoff Knott
Joseph Rowntree
Joseph Rowntree
By 1900 the Rowntree company had become one of Britain's most famous firms, both for its commercial success and in the field of industrial welfare. Rowntree was an influential social reformer as well as a businessman. He realised that old-fashioned More ...
Geoff Knott
God and money 1 492
God and money film - money, debt and salvation
First of a series of 4 short films from To Your Credit, Justin Welby and leading theologians reflect on the theology of money and debt. A guide for small group discussion accompanies each film, including key bible More ...
Geoff Knott
Housing estate 492
'Every effective renewal movement has started with the poor'
In March 2016, the Bishop of Burnley spoke about urban estates at a conference. Some very thought provoking excerpts: "Our task as the Church is the transformation of a nation More ...
Geoff Knott
Welcoming the stranger 492
A guide: refugees, asylum seekers and migrants
Churches Together Merseyside region. A very comprehensive briefing paper and guide triggered by the international refugee crisis and inspired by the need to respond to the Gospel, to the injunction to ‘welcome the stranger’ and More ...
Geoff Knott
Sentul City 492
Transformation Sentul City Indonesia - Eliminating Systemic Poverty
Business leaders implement biblically based social entrepreneurship to eliminate systemic poverty by reclaiming land, employing squatters, building schools, and launching More ...
Geoff Knott
School Kit 492
School Kit - for parents to help their kids get the best out of school
TLG have just launched a video-based course called School Kit. School can often present challenges to children and to parents. School Kit brings together the experiences of lots of parents and unpacks More ...
Geoff Knott
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Life changing buildings
Life changing buildings are those which are instruments, vehicles, tools for community transformation. Well-­conceived buildings begin with a comprehensive understanding of the function they serve. Architects may design incredible spaces, eye-­catching More ...
Kelvin Sampson
ForMission Missional Conversat
ForMission - Missional Conversations
Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Bath, London, Exeter April 18-27. “The Missional Conversation” aims to communicate innovative stories about how we can be missional to our generation. More ...
Geoff Knott
houses 492
Hosting a refugee or an asylum seeker
As Christians volunteer to open up their homes to refugees and asylum seekers, here are some thoughts regarding arrangements churches may want to put in place to set expectations and protect both the hosts and the guests. More ...
Based on a handout by Action Foundation
From Houses to Homes 492
From houses to homes 
It is impossible to work for social justice in cities today without addressing the issue of housing. What will happen if the poorest residents of our cities are priced out of their neighbourhoods by soaring housing costs? More ...
Geoff Knott
couple arguing 492
6 resources to help relationships - families and early years
In my last blog about this subject, we looked at resources that could be helpful in developing good parenting for early years. In this one, let's look at resources that churches can use to help relationships. More ...
Geoff Knott
Love Sweat Tears 492
Love, sweat and tears - 5 church plants in east London
The Centre for Theology and Community has just published research on five church plants undertaken in east London through the Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) Network.The churches were planted over a ten year period More ...
The Centre for Theology & Community
Sir Titus Salt
Sir Titus Salt
Sir Titus Salt was a successful 19th Century businessman who helped improve conditions for his workers, building a model factory and village. Influenced by his Congregationalist faith he brought a social conscience to capitalism at a time when many More ...
Geoff Knott
Mum and child playing 492
11 resources for parenting - families and early years
"Families are the best anti-poverty measure ever invented. They are a welfare, education and counselling system all wrapped up into one. Children in families that break apart are more than twice as likely to More ...
Geoff Knott
The Bike Project 246
Riding on a smile: a Syrian refugee and his bike
Getting around London is expensive for everyone, let alone for a refugee living on the weekly government asylum allowance of £36.95. Whilst seeking asylum, it is vital that people are able to access More ...
The Bike Project
Transformation Newark NJ 492
Transformation Newark NJ - Prayer walking the marketplace
Prayer is mobilized to cover Newark, NJ, USA street by street. Violence decreases and quality of life increases. More ...
Home to let 738
A stable home for the poorest families
In February 2016, the Centre for Social Justice published a significant piece of research ‘Home Improvements’ containing a series of recommendations to help the Government develop a coherent housing strategy for low-income households. More ...
Geoff Knott
Baggage Hall 738
Factors in successful resettlement of refugees
A summary of findings from refugee resettlement programmes shows the following: More ...
Geoff Knott
Life Chances 492
Life Chances overview
The Government has been giving details of a new programme, ‘Life Chances’. The programme is aimed at the most disadvantaged children/youth – the poorest in society. David Cameron recently made a speech about the principles behind the programme, More ...
Geoff Knott
Fraser Nelson 738
4 basic rules to help you avoid poverty
Fraser Nelson recently published a fascinating article about key factors of people who prosper. Those who observe them are highly unlikely to end up in poverty. Those who break them are unlikely to avoid it. More ...
Geoff Knott
offices 738
Reaching the marketplace - a Luke 10 model
The Lord now chose seventy-two other disciples and sent them ahead in pairs to all the towns and places he planned to visit. These were his instructions to them More ...
Geoff Knott
syrian family 738
Refugees - what churches are doing
We are seeing a refugee crisis across Europe. So far a relatively small number have arrived in the UK, but over the coming months the number is likely to increase dramatically. In December 2015, Jubilee+ launched a short survey to understand what actions More ...
Geoff Knott
Transformation book side
A few years ago I read a book that has had a deep effect on me as a business person. The book 'Transformation' by Ed Silvoso tells us that 'Transformation begins with you!' More ...
Geoff Knott
Counting the cost of family fa
Cost of family breakdown reaches record high
In February 2016, the Relationships Foundation updated their annual “Cost of Family Failure Index”. It reveals that the 2016 cost of family breakdown to the taxpayer has increased for the seventh year in a row More ...
Geoff Knott

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