About the Mobilization of Local Faith Communities Hub
The Mobilisation of Local Faith Communities Learning Hub convened in 2013 as the Capacity Building for Local Faith Communities Learning Hub and completed work in 2018. The Hub began through sharing across member organizations about work and current methods to engage and mobilize local faith communities. After member consultations, the Hub in 2014 created a Theory of Change.
Key Question: What mechanisms & methods are there for engaging and mobilising local faith communities in development and humanitarian aid?
Many thanks to Christo Greyling, World Vision International for his previous leadership in the Mobilisation of LFCs Hub.
- Andrea Kaufmann, World Vision International | Director of Faith Partnerships
- Catriona Dejean, Tearfund | Director of Strategy and Impact
Previous Hub Work
After consultation with Mobilization of LFCs Hub, members suggested nine factors that predict change in capacity in a community:
- Personal transformation of faith leaders
- Using scripture as unlocking and key
- A combo of technical and practical and scripture
- Champions/ facilitators – trained and supported
- Local participation in analysis and monitoring
- Linkage w advocacy
- Intertwined envisioning by LFCs and communities
- Building momentum overtime – learning from others, showcasing, continual refreshment
- “Right” balance of local asset-based work with external support – harnessing existing community resources
Considering these factors, they created a Theory of Change to examine assumptions about what success looks like and how we contribute to change; and specifically analyzed the role of faith, drawing on any existing evidence base.
Throughout the process, the members looked at both similarities and differences. The theory of change diagram captures the core underlying beliefs that the group hold in common. The narrative explains the diagram, detail and highlights areas of debate and the need for further learning and testing.
Background on Large-Scale Approaches to Local Faith Capacity Building
Examples from the JLI Mobilisation of LFCs Hub participating in large-scale approaches to Local Faith Communities Capacity Building:
- 100,000 congregations Umoja
- Holistic Transformation people and communities
- Channels of Hope 175K FLs; reductions in stigma; increase in testing
- Integrated development strategy starts with theology and focuses on the six purposes of religion: protection, faith, life, intellect, progeny (the future), wealth and human dignity. Dignity is at the center of the process and justice and rights are there to protect the purposes of faith
- $300 million 100 countries
Adventist Relief and Development
- Community Partnerships Program in Papua New Guinea
Saddleback Church PEACE Plan
- 600 churches in Rwanda
International Care Ministries
- 5,000 local churches in the Philippines
- $Brazil: Trains religious leaders in HIV AIDS awareness and prevention.
- 400 Anglican Bishops Southern Africa
Past Hub Events
Religion and Sustainable Development Goals Webinar
Can Faith Transform Poverty? Impact of Christian Values Program on Economic Outcomes in the Philippines
Mobilisation of Local Faith Communities Webinar
JLI Refugee Hub Scoping: Local Faith Communities Role in Forced Migration
Challenges of Survival: Religious Minority Communities in a Secular Melting Pot Nation
Building Sustainable Civil Society Organizations from Within
Localising Response to Humanitarian Need
One Accord Forum and Expo