14 million people in the UK are living in poverty. In many disadvantaged communities, families face daily struggles and young people are growing up with barriers to achieve their potential and live life to the full. Though Christians have made many efforts to contribute to social action, churches have been ill-equipped to identify and meet the full range of physical, emotional and spiritual needs. In order to thrive, people need to grow in their relationship with Jesus within a supportive church community yet many churches are inaccessible and out of reach.
‘We [the UK church] haven’t yet discovered a vision to build a church for the poor. We have engaged with social action and that is a good thing. But there is
a step more. There are pioneers out there who have been captured by this vision, but their work is not yet part of the mainstream of UK church culture.’
‘Church for the Poor’ Martin Charlesworth and Natalie Williams, 2017
Innovista identifies, equips and develops leaders to change their communities with the hope of Jesus.
In Great Britain, we are focused on equipping teams to grow sustainable mission and accessible church in disadvantaged communities. Our vision is to see local led churches that are making disciples, supporting people to overcome cycles of poverty and growing future leaders.
These local expressions of church will have a focus on children, youth and families – supporting individuals from birth to parenthood. Overtime, this will lead to a generation of overcomers who will break cycles of poverty and live life to the full with Jesus. In order to see community change, 10% of 16-24 year olds will be:
- Led by God – disciples who make disciples within a local church,
- Leading themselves – resilient with the ability to bounce back from adversity andreach their potential and 1% of these will:
- Leading others – have the character and skills to lead and grow leaders.
We expect it to take an average of 5 years to establish a church and 15-20 years supporting a generation to grow in faith, resilience, and leadership skills. Therefore community transformation will take 25+ years. We are committed to supporting churches and communities long term to see this transformation become a reality