Growing Good

To support local churches, CUF has developed the Growing Good Toolkit: a FREE six session course helping churches explore the connection between social action, discipleship and growth.

How was it developed?

The Growing Good Toolkit is based on a three-year research project from Theos and Church Urban Fund that explored the relationship between social action, growth and discipleship in the Church of England. The research identified five common themes shared by churches that are growing in faithfulness and fruitfulness: presence, perseverance, hospitality, adaptability, participation.

What materials are included?

Each session includes:

• Reflection, discussion, film and prayer. It also includes practical examples that can be immediately applied.

• Open questions and discussion points.

• A reflection on a biblical passage.

• Group activities that encourage participants to discuss, take action, move around their local space.

What Are The Session Themes?

The Growing Good session themes are:

1. Presence- Being active and visibly present in communities.

2. Perseverance- Investing in our communities over the long term, even when it's hard and slow.

3. Hospitality- Building a culture of giving and receiving, openness and welcome that goes beyond offering food.

4. Adaptability- Being open to challenge and change.

5. Participation- Inviting everyone to be part of what's going on.

6. Next Steps- Reflect on the things you have learned from the Growing Good sessions and the practical next steps you might take individually and as a church.

You can choose whether to run all of these as a six-week course, or pick a couple that are of greatest interest. We estimate each session will take about 75 minutes, and can be run either online or in person. You can access the toolkit overview here.

If you would like to talk to us about how Growing Good could benefit your church, please contact Simon, at or contact us and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

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