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)

Co-Chairs: 

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:

Tearfund
  • 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.