Exploring innovation in Christian community work: A focus on Social Enterprise

Organised by Grooms-Shaftesbury

In recent years there has been a lot of talk about social enterprise and its role in community regeneration. Many people are keen on seeing the innovation and creativity of the business world applied for the benefit of communities. But what does ‘social enterprise’ actually mean in practice and is it relevant to Christian mission in our local communities? Is the business world just about ‘worshipping mammon’ or does it have real lessons to teach Christian social action?

This interactive and energising day is designed to help you grapple with these questions and come away with practical steps to help you develop your community mission work.

This day will focus on

· What is social enterprise?
· What social action can learn from business
· Key business principles relevant to community work
· Creativity, innovation and risk-taking
· Practical steps that can make a difference to your mission

Facilitating this day will be Kevin Belcher is the Chief Executive of Pecan, a charity set up in 1989 to tackle the high levels of unemployment in Peckham, South East London. Over the years Pecan has developed social enterprises to help transform individuals and communities, including furniture recycling, training for ex-offenders in order to gain employment, and IT skills training. Recently, their journey has involved changes and Kevin will speak about how to prayerfully approach challenges in Christian community work. Kevin is an inspiring leader who has lived in Hackney with his family for over 20 years - he brings with him a wealth of inner city experience in church projects, businesses and social enterprises.

£10/person including lunch (to be paid on the day)
Booking essential

To book contact Jill Clark on 020 7452 2018 or jclark@grooms-shaftesbury.org.uk and bring £10 with you on the day

Event to be held at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8EP