Supporting Christ in Urban Priority areas is hugely challenging. It can also be exciting and rewarding.
The Diocese through the Urban Officer, Janice Mason, supports and resources Urban churches especially parishes with high levels of multiple deprivation. She works alongside parishes and builds up opportunities and networks for help and support.
Urban reflection peer support for clergy
This is held twice a year at Foxhill and provides an opportunity to meet, support and share ideas together.
Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD):
The English Indices of Deprivation are the Government’s official measure of multiple deprivation at small area level. Neighbourhood Statistics website.
The Church Urban Fund have created an online poverty search tool
Resources and websites
National Estate Churches Network - Providing mutual sharing of experience for those who live and work on housing estates
Training in ways of communicating across cultural and class divisions, and relating the Bible to everyday experiences
Urban Presence - seeking to resource Christians, churches and organisations living and working in inner-city Manchester, England, and to make the wider Church aware of and take responsibility for the 'mission-field on it's doorstep'.
Church Pastoral Aid Society
Help with experienced area representatives, networks and resources including small grants for local workers
A resource for urban mission
Church Action on Poverty
Tackling social issues nationwide
Christian Coalition for Urban Mission (CCFUM) - aims to facilitate communication, co-operation, co-ordination and best practice among all involved in urban mission.
Church Urban Fund - Church Urban Fund’s research publications examine the tough reality of poverty in England and explore how churches around the country are working in deprived communities.
CUF Poverty Lookup Tool - Start here by finding out more about the level of poverty in your parish and how this compares with other parishes locally and nationally.
Faith-based Regeneration Network - aims to assist the development of good practice in faith based community development, regeneration and social action, by linking practitioners for sharing good practice and mutual encouragement.
Partners in Urban Transformation - Its goal is to equip and mentor individuals, churches, denominations, and community organizations to work for the transformation of their communities by providing resources, support, training, and strategies.
Focuses on church planting in urban areas.
Urban Theology Unit
Seminars and educational courses in radical Christian discipleship.