Church and community mobilisation involves mobilising a local church to act as a facilitator in mobilising the whole community to address their own needs.
This approach is different from the ‘church mobilisation’ approach because, once the local church is mobilised, it becomes a facilitator rather than the provider. The local church seeks to envision and empower community members to identify and respond to their own needs, rather than meeting those needs for them. The local church therefore works with rather than for the community. The community is in control. The local church can provide ongoing support to the community, and the community may call upon Christian organisations for technical support where necessary.
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Communities can be mobilised in a variety of ways. This section explores two models of church and community mobilisation:
- Issue-focused church and community mobilisation
- Open-ended church and community mobilisation