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Congregation-Based Community Organizing

Congregation-Based Community Organizing (CBCO) is a strategy for rebuilding communities, revitalizing congregations and developing individuals into effective leaders and change agents.  There are over 180 congregation based community organizations across the country, and through a percentage of OGHS funds, PHP has provided funding for most of them, either in the start up phase or in their on-going efforts with affordable housing and homelessness. These organizations provide a vehicle for churches, schools, unions, and non-profit organizations to carry their concerns and values into public life, as they create policy and hold those in power accountable for their decisions. 

Below are a few articles and resources on community organizing.

Soul to soul (Presbyterian News Service, 2013)
‘Relational meetings’ are effective tool for successful community organizing.

Love, Justice, and Saving Homes (PHP Post, 2011)
Clergy and lay leaders hold signs of protest outside the church to stop the foreclosure and eviction of one of a member.

Fighting Poverty (Presbyterians Today, 2007)
By building grassroots coalitions, congregations are empowering ordinary people to work for change.

Building Bridges, Building Power: Developments in Institution Based (InterFaith Funders, 2012)
The State of the Field study provides an up-to-date picture of the field of institution-based community organizing and draws on data from Interfaith Funders’ 1999 study to show how the field has changed over the last decade.

 CBCO Bibliography (2013)
A brief listing of books related to the history and practice of community organizing.

“Community organizing has provided tools for church members to be effective leaders and has been a catalyst for positive social change”

—David Thornton, Grace Memorial United Presbyterian Church


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