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An introduction to church and community transformation (CCT)

A guide to what CCT is, why we believe in it, and how it is achieved

2022 Available in English and French

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Women from the N’zuékro community in Issia, Côte d’Ivoire, which started using the church and community mobilisation process (CCMP) in 2017. Photo: Alex Baker/Tearfund

This guide is an introduction to church and community transformation (CCT).

A beautifully designed and highly practical resource, it will take you on a journey through CCT theology, covering Tearfund’s theory of poverty, our understanding of integral mission, and how we see the role of the church. This theology is what inspires churches to live out their faith in practical ways and reach out to their community, mobilising local resources to overcome poverty.

The guide also looks at the practical processes, such as Umoja and CCMP, that Tearfund has developed to assist churches on this journey, and explains how we seek to scale up and continually improve our work. You will learn about the importance of facilitators, contextualisation and tools for understanding and expanding the holistic impact.

Interspersed throughout are the stories and images of individuals and communities all around the world who have experienced transformation as they have journeyed towards CCT.

‘The first thing that changes is that we remove from our minds the idea that we are condemned by God to be poor. Through study of the Bible, we finally realise that what we were thinking about ourselves is not true. At first we think we cannot do anything to change – but once we begin to think about what we can do to improve, we start to use all of the resources God has given us in our own locations to change.'

We believe that local churches – wherever they are in the world – begin a lifelong journey when they embrace and commit to living out a theology of what we call ‘integral mission’. 

This journey empowers them, changes mindsets and brings about holistic transformation in both the church and the community. The ultimate goal of this journey is to see broken relationships restored. 

The church seeks ‘whole-life’ change, and responds in a comprehensive way to the needs of their local community. Overcoming poverty in the community is approached holistically and from within, as people realise their potential and recognise the resources God has given them. And the destination of that journey we refer to as ‘church and community transformation’ (CCT).


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Close-up photo of a smiling African man wearing glasses with banana palms in the background. Gilbert Irahari, AEE - CCT Project Officer. Kigali, Rwanda.

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