Listening is a crucial first step for any activity that seeks to tackle poverty. It is important for challenging preconceptions and breaking down power dynamics between ‘helper’ and ‘helped’, creating spaces in which friendship and honesty can grow.
This report tells the story of one church that undertook a listening exercise to inform and shape their work in the community. We hope that it will be a useful and practical resource for other churches seeking to listen to, connect with and support people in their communities.
If you found this useful you might also be interested in reading Fullness of Life Together and Tackling Poverty In England: an asset-based approach.