Partnership and Shared Resources
Partnership is too often the very last resort for churches, denominations and Christian organisations.
Yet the reality is that we are better stewards and more effective servants if partnership is our default. We are always stronger when we work together.
Much of our reluctance to embrace partnership comes from disappointing experiences or confused outcomes in the past. When we work with others we must have a clear sense of our own identity, a strong commitment to ethos and values, and an understanding of purpose and shared goals. Please explore this page for resources and organisations to help you create new and effective partnerships without losing your unique commitment to Christ.
Useful website links
Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS): brings together nine denominations in Scotland who share a desire for greater oneness between churches, a growth of understanding and common life between churches, and unified action in proclaiming and responding to the gospel in the whole of life.
Churches Regional Network: in England co-ordinates the input of churches into regional development, supports regional officers, shares best practice and provides links between agencies. There are regional commissions in each of the nine regions across England which provide support to local practitioners and opportunities to network in their area, as well as undertaking auditing of community work in the region and working with regional development agencies on issues of policy:
North East - www.northeastchurches.org.uk
Yorkshire and the Humber - www.crc-online.org.uk
North West - www.faithnorthwest.org.uk
East Midlands - www.emcf.org.uk
West Midlands - www.wmchurches.org.uk
East of England - www.eecn.org.uk
South East - www.se-faithforum.net
South West - www.faithnetsouthwest.org.uk
London - www.londonchurchesgroup.org.uk
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland: is the instrument that facilitates local churches to demonstrate commitment to deepening fellowship with other churches and work with them towards a greater visible unity without losing what makes each interestingly different.
Churches Together in England: is a visible sign of churches’ commitment as they seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another and proclaim the Gospel together by common witness and service.
Community Work from a Christian Perspective: is based in Greater Belfast and seeks to support Christians working in a community work context by connecting theory and theology with practice, offering opportunities to meet regularly for mutual support, encouragement and reflection.
Evangelical Alliance: is part of a movement “uniting to change society” and seeks to promote unity and truth, act as an evangelical voice to the state, society and wider church and work collaboratively with members and other evangelicals to present Christ credibly as good news for spiritual and societal transformation.
Faith Based Regeneration Network: is the leading multi-faith network for community regeneration and social action, with a vision to enable faith based regeneration practitioners to learn and gain inspiration from each other and to establish a conduit between policy makers and practitioners.
Faith in Community Scotland: walks together with people of faith in support of our economically poorest communities and is committed to working hand in hand with all who share the desire to challenge and overcome poverty and exclusion.