The world’s poorest communities often share common characteristics:
- A densely populated community.
- Multi-Generational community.
- Matriarchal leadership.
- Isolated culturally, economically and geographically.
- Hard working low income subsistence living.
- Higher than average levels of mental health issues, addiction, illiteracy, family breakdown, crime.
- Diverse ethnic, racial, and socio-economic groups coexisting in close proximity causing tension and a lack of social cohesion.
The Church is a display of God’s glory, mercy, and wholeness in the midst of a broken and hurting community. Churches in hard places often share common struggles: A lack of well-trained leadership; a lack of resources to equip workers in these communities; a sense of alienation from the broader evangelical church.
Our goal is to equip church leaders, train indigenous believers, and develop resources for the church in hard places.
We define hard places as “economically and socially disadvantaged communities”
The CiHP Network is a network of church leaders and trainees seeking to build healthy churches in socially and economically disadvantaged communities around the world.
ACCESS TO TRAINING
- Church leaders who join the CiHP Network have access to our Intensive Discipleship Training Course to enable them to run an onsite internship for indigenous believers.
- Indigenous leaders associated with CiHP Network Churches are invited to enroll at reduced rates in the Urban Academy.
- Church leaders who are training indigenous trainees are invited to participate in regular network conference calls to discuss issues related to ministry among the poor.
ACCESS TO RESOURCES
- We provide exclusive access to resources in multiple languages at reduced costs to CiHP members
- In partnership with 20schemes, 9Marks, Ligonier, FIEL Ministries and other ministry partners we provide resources for those doing ministry among the poor. These resources serve to equip ministry leaders to evangelise and disciple those in poor communities. We also make available training manuals for churches seeking to reach the poor, church planting teams, as well as women and youth workers
ACCESS TO EVENTS
- Church in Hard Places Weekenders are 2day-training events open to members of the CiHP Network hosted by 20schemes in Edinburgh, Scotland.
- Church in Hard Places Workshops are events held in various regions to equip churches and ministry leaders to reach the poor in their own context.
Members of the network must be actively pursuing ministry in a socially and economically disadvantaged community, complete an online application, and affirm the Statement of Faith. To join, click here.
The Leadership Team –
Mez McConnell (Network Director)
Matthew Spandler-Davison (Executive Director)
The Executive Board –
A team of pastors and ministry leaders actively engaged in ministry to the poor from across the world serve on the Executive Board of the Church in Hard Places Network.