Churches often want to understand their communities better but don’t know where to begin. A new resource exists for exactly this reason: to help churches conduct and interpret community research.
The Community Research Guide is a “book of options,” according to its author James Watson. “It helps the leaders of a church build their own process to understand their community.”
The guide was produced by The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada in partnership with Outreach Canada.
“Churches are asking how to be the church in a particular community,” says Watson, who works for Outreach Canada in Waterloo, Ont. “This guide will help people open their eyes. It helps give passion and compassion for a church’s community.”
Wish that the Community Resource Guide had been released sooner. Our summer students at Richview could have used it! You can find out more about the guide here.