The William Seymour Project equips Pentecostal churches to strengthen congregational life, develop leaders, and challenge injustice in their communities through Community Organising.
We focus on three areas.
1. Pentecostal Congregational Development
Inviting Pentecostal Pastors into an ecumenical leadership space to learn the tools of community organising – and to equip churches to build partnerships,alliances, relational and political power to drive through change in their communities.
2. Millennial and Young Adult Political Leadership & Discernment
Gathering Pentecostal leaders between 18 and 30 to learn the craft of community organising through seminars and retreats. We also equip these leaders to occupy public and political spaces in partnership with Buxton Leadership Programme (where they are able to work in political and congregational placements) and by developing a William Seymour Internship, equipping inner-city leaders to act for justice .
3. Frontline Prisons work
In collaboration with HMP Wandsworth Chaplaincy , we are gathering Pentecostal leaders and community organisers to engage with prisoners who are Christian , or who want to explore Christain faith. We are developing community organising listening campaigns , and accessible tools for bible study , to work with prisoners and their famalies on exiting gang culture and securing stable support and housing after release.