The objective of CCT is to empower local people to transform their situation using their own God given resources in a sustainable and holistic way.
Since its inception and rollout in the late 1990’s, the church and community mobilisation process, as it is known in Africa has increasingly gained acceptance in thousands of churches across different countries of the world.
The results everywhere are astounding – the church impacting its immediate community in such a way that it influences important decisions that affect the way of life of the community; the church motivating its immediate community to transform its situation sustainably; relationships among people being restored in a lasting manner; people supporting one another to meet their needs; people addressing their physical and spiritual poverty deeply and extensively and people honouring and worshipping God more consciously.
The Church is the largest voluntary network in the world, and it can reach places and people which governments cannot. It holds local relationships. It has a local understanding of need and context. The Church is called by God to bring transformation to each geographical location in the world where it finds itself.
Through CCT, Thrive Ireland enables your church to realise its local and global mission and vision.
It enables the development of authentic relationships with the local community – to meet need, enabling people to thrive, flourish and become the people that God created them to be.
It creates space and enables your church to take time to listen to God, each other and the community to better understand the need and develop a missional response
The process is about working with the church leaders and members to help them understand their biblical responsibility to serve their local communities. The process will help to build the confidence of the church members and help them identify their strengths and resources, so that they can believe that change is possible.
CCT is a bottom up approach which involves the whole congregation and encourages participation and engagement in the process. Whilst congregational members may not attend every activity, they should always be invited. This leads to ownership and a higher energy and engagement in the actions which come out of the process.
CCT builds on the strengths and hopes of a church group that want to make a difference in their community. There are a number of benefits to the church and community.
This is a monitoring and evaluation tool which we use for churches who want to journey in the Church Community Transformation process. We ask each church to fill it in at the beginning and at the end of the process. It enables you to see progress.
It’s called the integral mission star and it seeks to measure how well your church understands and practices integral mission. Try it now to see how you are doing.