Community engagement is a strategic process of involvement in a particular social group or geographic context (i.e., town, neighborhood, city block) with the purpose of understanding and improving the community’s well-being.
When asked what the greatest command was, Jesus said that it was to love God with every fiber of our being but that the second greatest command was of equal importance—to care for our neighbors, in the same way, we care for ourselves (Matthew 22:37). As congregations, we are called to do the same and the practices of community engagement can help.
We are called to love our neighbors. We can’t love our neighbors in meaningful and relevant ways if we don’t know them. This community engagement process will allow you to get to know, listen to, and learn from your neighbors.
Join us for an introductory webinar on the community engagement cohort starting this September. There is no cost for materials or participation. More information is available here.
Facilitated by Deann Rios, Diocesan Community Engagement Missioner
Deann is primarily responsible for connecting congregations to their surrounding community by cultivating relationships with congregation leaders, planning, and providing community engagement training to empower congregations to develop local evangelism, outreach, advocacy, creation care, and social justice efforts.