Nationally ACC churches do an incredible job engaging their communities! There are so many stories of churches supporting, empowering and building strong relationships in their local communities. It is not as if we now don’t care, we rather think that a model to see long term relationships built within our community is to engage rather than just meeting needs. Meeting needs will often default to a hand-out, engagement will result in a hand-up.

Our heart and vision is to see every church equipped and passionate to see their community full of opportunity and assets. We want to be able to engage every member of our communities – and see our cities thrive and built stronger together.

We have developed a new way of thinking that shapes the way the whole church and its people operate. It involves the following shifts.

Moving from doing outreach to city-wide transformation.
Outreach is often event based, largely dependent on timing and will always be restricted by budget. Transformation is the business of consistently finding your church in spaces where others are not. City-wide transformation allows you to shape conversations, policies and even architecture, because your city trusts you.

Moving from Sunday to Monday.
Moving from Sunday to Monday asks the question ‘who is it that we exist for?’. Are we a church that only tries to get people to come on a Sunday or is Monday an opportunity to be the church? Moving from Sunday to Monday is a movement, not just for the church corporately to see their facilities and pastors as great assets to the community, but also for each person a part of the church to see themselves as incredibly valuable wherever they find themselves Monday to Saturday.

Moving from finding a need and meeting it to find what your city loves and join them.
Community engagement gives you an opportunity to partner with many things going on in your community; we don’t need to think of an idea to be a part of it. What is it that our community loves to do and that we can join them in it?

We want to walk alongside you in this journey. We recognize that each community is different, so we want to offer one on one coaching. We will help you research your community, find its unique strengths and discover how you can engage by finding what your city loves. We’ll walk you through the journey of becoming known, valued, included and then invited to be part of your community.

We offer this via webinars and phone calls. We have practical conversations over a coffee and a comfortable seat.

If this is something you’re interested in, let us know and we’ll send you through more specific information. Email community.engagement@acc.org.au