Umoja is an exciting and comprehensive set of training manuals for those who want to envision and equip the local church to work for transformation in their communities. Umoja contains Bible studies, activities, tools, energisers, advice and a step-by-step process, helping churches gain a vision for community involvement, helping communities assess their needs and resources, and helping whole communities envision, plan and work for a better future.
Learning together (PDF 1.4 MB)
Our God, who multiplied the loaves and fishes to feed the 5,000, is a God of multiplication. This has certainly been our experience when it comes to church and community mobilisation or ‘CCM’. CCM started with just ten churches in Tanzania in 1997.
Twenty years on from the initial pilot project in those ten churches, more than ten thousand local churches around the world have carried out CCM, with as many as ten million lives impacted. CCM has spread to more than 40 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. CCM has many different names and expressions to suit local language and culture.
This publication seeks to bring together some of the key lessons learnt as we have journeyed with CCM over the last 20 years. It is written for CCM practitioners – those facilitating, coordinating or promoting CCM.
Mobilising the church PILLARS Guide
Mobilising the church comprises 23 Bible study discussions based around the role of the church, leadership, Bible study groups, planning, working within the community and maintaining the vision of the church. The guide is designed for use in small community groups such as youth groups, church groups, women’s groups, farmer groups and literacy groups. A trained leader is not required, just one literate person. The guide has been widely used throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Mobilising the community PILLARS Guide
Mobilising the community provides 22 discussion activities and tools that local groups can use to help them mobilise their community, identify the needs and resources within their area and plan action that can make a difference. It is based on learning from some of the successful church and community mobilisation processes in East Africa.
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