How do faith groups strengthen the capacity of local faith communities to care for their communities, and to collect and communicate data and mobilize local faith communities (LFCs)


Catriona Dejean, Tearfund, Impact and Effectiveness Manager

Christo Greyling, World Vision International, Senior Director: Faith – Advocacy and External Engagement |Faith and Development

Academic Co-chair TBD

The JLI Mobilization of LFCs Hub participates in large-scale approaches to Local Faith Communities Capacity Building. Some examples include:

  • 100,000 congregations  Umoja
  • Holistic Transformation people and communities
World Vision
  • Channels of Hope 175K FLs; reductions in stigma; increase in testing
Islamic Relief
  • Integrated development strategy that 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 centre of the process and justice and rights are there to protect the purposes of faith
Samaritan’s Purse
  • $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
Christian Aid
  • Brazil: Trains religious leaders in HIV AIDS awareness and prevention.
  • 400 Anglican Bishops Southern Africa


 TheMobilization of LFCs Hub members suggest that there are 9 factors that predict change in capacity in a community:

  1. Personal transformation of faith leaders
  2. Using scripture as unlocking and key
  3. Combo of technical and practical and scripture
  4. Champions/ facilitators – trained and supported
  5. Local participation in analysis and monitoring
  6. Linkage w advocacy
  7. Intertwined envisioning by LFCs and communities
  8. Building of momentum overtime – learning from others, showcasing, continual refreshment
  9. “Right” balance of local asset based work with external support – harnessing existing community resources


If you would like to join this hub, click here. 

See the members of the Mobilization of LFCs Hub here.