How to build a movement

The resources in this section are written for those who are inspired by the power of movements, and want to start one! Those who want to see the church in their nation call for change, pray and take action to such an extent that it creates a movement. Movements have the power to change social norms and government policy on otherwise big intractable issues. Issues like climate change and inequality, which cannot be tackled without a groundswell of people power. It is not surprising therefore that there is increasing interest around the world in how to actually start to build a movement for change. 

This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water the seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities. 

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing this. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest. We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. 

We are workers, not master builders, ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.

From ‘A future not our own’ by Bishop Ken Untener, in memory of Bishop Oscar Romero