The process gives a small group of church members the tools to reflect on how their church is seen by others, to listen to the wider community, celebrate its strengths and have a deeper understanding of its needs. Sharing their findings with the wider congregation, the church is then able to make prayerful and intentional decisions about how it wants to respond.

 

The course is adaptable to the needs of a church and neighbourhood, but it usually consists of seven sessions of two hours, delivered over a six month period. There are also some tasks for the group to do in between these sessions.

 

While the details of KYCKYC can be adapted, the core aims of the process remain the same. As a result of taking part in the process, we want churches to:

  1. Develop a vision for their community, as they begin to think about what a flourishing neighbourhood might look like and how God might be seen in it.
  2. Understand the place of their church within the community, as they think about and collect information on how their church looks, feels and interacts with people outside of the church.
  3. Learn about their local community, finding out more about its strengths and needs through a process of collecting data and listening to local people and organisations.
  4. Develop an active response, as they prayerfully reflect on all they have learnt.

 

The Session Cycle looks like this: