A Growing Heart For The Poor
All across Britain today, Christians will be packing food parcels, giving advice to those overwhelmed by debt, making beds at night shelters, and offering hope to hundreds – maybe thousands – of people who are in one kind of poverty or another.
Volunteering in social action or social justice projects is hugely rewarding. Practically demonstrating the love of God to people, sometimes to those who feel that no one else cares about them and society has forgotten them, not only impacts the lives of those being helped, but is also incredibly satisfying for those helping. It gives a sense of purpose. We were created for community and designed to care for one another. It feels good to do good because we are called to.
But sometimes it can also be tiring, frustrating, disappointing and a struggle. Sometimes each of us needs fresh energy, renewed vision, and reminders about why we do what we do and that we’re not alone in it. We need to hear again that God’s heart for the poor is bigger than ours.
Whether you’re thriving in your work for the poor right now or feel like you’re sinking, we believe our annual Churches that Change Communities conference will do you good.
We’re delighted that Trussell Trust chairman Chris Mould will be one of our keynote speakers on the day, and that this year’s conference will be hosted by David Holden and the New Ground network of churches.
We’re also really excited about the programme of seminars we have lined up, which cover a range of subjects, from a robust theology of social action to empowering the poor, and from influencing local decision-makers to the growing challenge of a shrinking state.
The programme for the conference, which takes place on Saturday 17 October, also includes worship and networking opportunities. We believe that this event will equip you to increase your impact on your local communities, as well as help an increasing number of people.
Please join us for this year’s Churches that Change Communities conference if you can. We’d love to see you there!