Have you ever wanted to make change but don’t feel like you know enough to try? Perhaps you’ve recognised the biblical call to social justice but aren’t sure how to put it into action? Or maybe you’ve been involved in campaigns in the past but are keen to be more effective going forward? Then we hope this series will prove useful to you.
‘Policy’ can be a scary word, but it is changes in policy which, for good or ill, can have the biggest effect on people’s lives, and so understanding how policies get made and changed gives us the best chance of harnessing the political system for good. Getting involved in politics is a way of loving our neighbour on a structural scale. If we’re going to do it, it’s worth understanding how to do it effectively.
There is no silver bullet to making change, it requires hard work, research, collaboration, compromise, time, and often a bit of luck. Sometimes people get excited about trying to make change, and jump straight in to a campaign without the knowledge which would help them campaign effectively. As Christians, we of course believe that God uses us in our imperfections, but Spirit-led preparation leads to Spirit-led action.
Whether you know lots about the political system and have been involved in campaigns before, or if you know next to nothing and are just dipping your toe in the water, we hope that you learn something from this series. But more than that we hope it sparks conversations which will invigorate and equip you as individuals and as a church to go away and make change yourselves.
Below you will find videos and blogs which will allow you to learn about, and explore questions around the why, where, when, who and what of policy-making.
We recognise that changemaking is much more effective when done alongside other allies, so we also have a small group resource available so that you can come together and study alongside with others enthusiastic about changemaking.