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March 24, 2004

Awards announced for churches who show that faith works

-24/3/04

The outstanding work of three community projects inspired by Christian faith will be rewarded later this year, following an announcement by Faithworks that Christian Resources Exhibitions (CRE), the Spring Harvest Charitable Trust and the Transformational Business Network (TBN) will be sponsoring three Faithworks Awards in 2004.

The Faithworks Movement exists to empower and inspire individual Christians and every local church to develop their role at the hub of the community. It also seeks to challenge and change the public perception of the Church by engaging with both media and government.

Faithworks has however come in for criticism regarding its approach, which focuses on outcomes and the church's ability to "deliver", rather than other measures of "success" such as quality of discipleship or faithful witness.

Following the Spring Harvest Faithworks Award 2003, which received over 200 applications from projects across the UK, these Awards aim to further recognise the commitment of thousands of Christian faith-inspired projects to serving their communities. The Awards will be presented to projects that are judged to be meeting the criteria for each Award:

? COMMUNITY RESOURCE ñ The CRE Faithworks Community Resource Award 2004 consists of a £5,000 development grant from CRE and ongoing strategic support from Faithworks. This Award will be given to a project that has modelled best practice in serving a community over the course of three or more years.

? COMMUNITY INNOVATION ñ The Spring Harvest Faithworks Community Innovation Award 2004 will be presented to a project that has been in existence and delivering services for less than three years and is demonstrating innovation in its local community. It comprises of a £10,000 development grant from the Spring Harvest Charitable Trust and strategic support from Faithworks.

? SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR ñ The TBN Faithworks Social Entrepreneur Award 2004 is made up of a £10,000 development grant and strategic support from members of TBN. It will be awarded to an individual or organisation in the UK that is utilising commercial business expertise to develop sustainable models of community transformation.

Steve Chalke, Faithworks founding director and recent recipient of a MBE said; "Faithworks is excited to be working with CRE, Spring Harvest and TBN in order to recognise and celebrate the many ways in which people of Christian faith are transforming lives and circumstances in their local area. Through these Awards, we hope not only to boost the work of the three recipient projects, but also to inspire further initiatives where Christian faith is put into action for the benefit of the local community.î

Representatives from Faithworks and the relevant sponsor organisation will select the recipient projects for each of the three awards. The deadline for all applications is June 14th and application forms are available online at Faithworks

Awards announced for churches who show that faith works

-24/3/04

The outstanding work of three community projects inspired by Christian faith will be rewarded later this year, following an announcement by Faithworks that Christian Resources Exhibitions (CRE), the Spring Harvest Charitable Trust and the Transformational Business Network (TBN) will be sponsoring three Faithworks Awards in 2004.

The Faithworks Movement exists to empower and inspire individual Christians and every local church to develop their role at the hub of the community. It also seeks to challenge and change the public perception of the Church by engaging with both media and government.

Faithworks has however come in for criticism regarding its approach, which focuses on outcomes and the church's ability to "deliver", rather than other measures of "success" such as quality of discipleship or faithful witness.

Following the Spring Harvest Faithworks Award 2003, which received over 200 applications from projects across the UK, these Awards aim to further recognise the commitment of thousands of Christian faith-inspired projects to serving their communities. The Awards will be presented to projects that are judged to be meeting the criteria for each Award:

? COMMUNITY RESOURCE ñ The CRE Faithworks Community Resource Award 2004 consists of a £5,000 development grant from CRE and ongoing strategic support from Faithworks. This Award will be given to a project that has modelled best practice in serving a community over the course of three or more years.

? COMMUNITY INNOVATION ñ The Spring Harvest Faithworks Community Innovation Award 2004 will be presented to a project that has been in existence and delivering services for less than three years and is demonstrating innovation in its local community. It comprises of a £10,000 development grant from the Spring Harvest Charitable Trust and strategic support from Faithworks.

? SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR ñ The TBN Faithworks Social Entrepreneur Award 2004 is made up of a £10,000 development grant and strategic support from members of TBN. It will be awarded to an individual or organisation in the UK that is utilising commercial business expertise to develop sustainable models of community transformation.

Steve Chalke, Faithworks founding director and recent recipient of a MBE said; "Faithworks is excited to be working with CRE, Spring Harvest and TBN in order to recognise and celebrate the many ways in which people of Christian faith are transforming lives and circumstances in their local area. Through these Awards, we hope not only to boost the work of the three recipient projects, but also to inspire further initiatives where Christian faith is put into action for the benefit of the local community.î

Representatives from Faithworks and the relevant sponsor organisation will select the recipient projects for each of the three awards. The deadline for all applications is June 14th and application forms are available online at Faithworks

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