Good Neighbours - CUF report July 2014
The Church of England through the the Church Urban Fund have produced a report which other denominations might well relate to in terms of mission and social impact of being 'Good Neighbours'.
From the CUF website:
In this new piece of research, Church Urban Fund and Theos set out to understand the impact of local churches in deprived communities in England. We sought to explore what churches do to support people in their communities, and also how and why they do it.
This research project is a ‘critical appreciation’ of what churches offer their communities – it argues that church-based activities offer both breadth of national reach and depth. It shows that:
The Church in England reaches approximately 10 million people each year through its community activities, even excluding ‘familiar’ church activities – Sunday services, Christmas, Easter, Harvest, baptisms, weddings, and funerals.
Churches reach people in a uniquely relational way, building platforms for neighbourliness and relationships to grow.
Link to the CUF website and 'Good Newighbours' report