Estates Evangelism

Two men walk along the road on an inner city estate.

Growing ministry on social estates and areas of income deprivation

Estates Evangelism

The Estates Evangelism Task Group (EETG) takes as its basis the words of Jesus in Luke Chapter 4, ‘I have come to proclaim good news to the poor.’

We contend that, unless we renew church life amongst income deprived communities and most especially on our nation’s social housing estates, we are not being faithful to the words of Jesus and the renewal we long for will never come.

In February 2019, the General Synod took a historic decision as it backed a motion that commits the Church of England to having a loving, serving, worshipping Christian community on every significant social housing estate in England.

Delivery of this aspiration will mean offering enhanced support to existing estates churches and finding ways of planting back onto the hundreds of estates from which we, and other ecumenical partners, are absent.

The EETG, chaired by Bishop Lynne Cullens (Bishop of Barking), whose members are estate practitioners and representatives of key partners, offers support to Dioceses and to the wider church as we respond to the challenges of implementing the 2019 decision through the following ways:

How we support dioceses and the wider church

The EETG, chaired by Bishop Lynne Cullens (Bishop of Barking), whose members are estate practitioners and representatives of key partners, offers support to Dioceses and to the wider church as we respond to the challenges of implementing the 2019 decision through the following ways:

Strategy
Research
Partnership
Consultancy
Theology
Innovation

Weekly Sunday Services from estate churches (2022)

Urban Estates Conference 2017

  • Bishop of Burnley, Philip North, previous chair of the Estates Evangelism Task Group, talks about his experience of ministry in disadvantaged areas. Bishop Philip says, residents living on deprived estates urgently need to hear “a language of hope”. He provides advice on how the Church can achieve this.
  • A leader on the estates church - [email protected] in North London – Rev Helen Shannon says her experience of estates evangelism has been “wonderful”. However, Helen who also oversees estates church planting for the Bishop of Islington, says estates work can be challenging, at times. In this podcast, she recounts speaking with residents who felt unworthy of God’s love. Helen explains how [email protected] wholeheartedly encourages residents to “come as they are”.
  • Dawn Lonsdale is the Chief Officer of Unlock. Unlock is a non-denominational charity based in Sheffield that supports inner-city churches in making the gospel more accessible to local communities. In this podcast, Dawn explains that Unlock encourages the people they work with, to speak about their personal experiences, and then link them “to the bigger story of God’s people in the Bible”. Dawn describes this approach as “setting the gospel free in urban communities”.
  • "I have the best job in the Church of England” declares Rev Robb Sutherland. Robb is the vicar of an estate parish in Halifax. In this podcast, he talks about how becoming a Christian at eighteen changed his life. And dispels misconceptions about living and ministering on an estate - “this is not a bad place, this is a wonderful place, with wonderful people who support each other”.

Estate Evangelism stories

Community garden a picture of children learning
04/06/2022

Sowing seeds: how a patch of wasteland became heart of community

2 min read
  • Adult education
  • Cathedral
  • Lichfield
  • Youth
Capt Nicholas Lebey CA is shown as an ordinand outside Southwark Cathedral
21/09/2021

The youth groups that grew into a church

2 min read
  • Ordination
  • Priest
  • Southwark