In this new piece of research, CUF and Theos set out to understand the impact of local churches in deprived communities in England. We sought to explore what churches do to support people in their communities, and also how and why they do it.
This research project is a ‘critical appreciation’ of what churches offer their communities – it argues that church-based activities offer both breadth of national reach and depth, as they reach approximately 10 million people a year. Churches reach people in a uniquely relational way, building platforms for neighbourliness and relationships to grow.
If you found this useful you might also be interested in reading Web of Poverty or Connecting Communities: the impact of loneliness and the opportunities for churches to respond.