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Mission Alongside the Poor

The fund is dedicated not so much to the relief of poverty as to the support of Methodist work of all kinds in impoverished areas. It highlights the Church's commitment to the poor and disadvantaged by making grants for personnel and property schemes which further this aim. It was a prominent part of Methodist outreach in poor areas in the period 1985-95, after which it became largely subsumed within wider funding. It is financed largely by voluntary contributions and grants. The fund assisted the growth of small churches, often moving into alternative premises such as houses, shops, public houses and community centres. The concept of 'Mission Alongside' rather than 'to' the Poor emphasizes an incarnational and co-redemptive thrust, whereby Methodism seeks to continue and expand its street-level commitment in deprived neighbourhoods. From this vantage point 'Mission' takes place where the total human experience and environment are seen as part of God's redemptive purposes. Out of this presence, 'local churches should reflect theologically upon, and publicize the realities of life in cities, the problems, struggles and achievements, to policy makers and the wider public'.

See also Poor.

Sources

  • Conference Agenda, 1988 pp.602-10
  • David Calvert (ed.), The Outside Church (Manchester, 1992)
  • NCH Action for Children, The Cities: A Methodist Report (1997)

Entry written by: DRF and JJV
Category: Subject

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