Now you have gathered information from within the church and in the community, the priority is to understand the needs you’ve found and your capacity as a group to meet them.
As you review everything you’ve found out, you will most likely find there are a handful of main needs in your community. You’ve probably got a good idea of which ones could be addressed by your church as well.
The key to moving forward successfully is to make sure everyone is on board, but the reality is that consensus is rare. Does everyone agree on the conclusions you’re coming to? Do you need to vote as a group or as a church? Is there a vocal minority in the church who disagrees with the decision?
Whatever the outcome, make sure you are clear with everyone in the church and community what it is that you have decided. Thank people for their feedback throughout the process, whether it’s been valuable to you or not. Keep people on board and let them know your plans to move forward.
God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:8
God has called you to this and will make a way to address the issues He wants you to, no matter how big or small they are.
You’ve worked on the ‘what’, now you’ve got to work on the ‘how’. After speaking with your church, the community and those you’re trying to help and reach, you’ve got a pretty good idea of what the needs are. This is the exciting part, you’re pumped up and ready to take action and make change happen!
Before you head into setting up your own work to address the issues you feel called to, do find out if there are already other people or organisations working on the same or related issues in your community. Have you spent time listening to and building relationships with them and could this be an opportunity to partner together?
If there are people already working on similar things, it is highly likely that the most effective thing you can do is partner with them, rather than start something new.
Whether you’re partnering and developing something existing or starting something new, you can work through the resources below to help you move forward with confidence. We've included simple steps to creating effective projects, ways to review and analyse existing work and ideas to help you dream of what long term change could look like in your community.