ENTERPRISE

Part of the role of the Centre for Theology & Community is to help develop ideas and bring to fruition new projects which will enable the church to be more effective in its mission. Here are some of our most recent projects.

Property for Mission

Many churches own and manage their own buildings and know only too well how challenging and expensive this can be. Yet this property is also a major asset for the church and, with enterprising management, can be used to support mission and church growth.

CTC regularly works with churches in London to support them in making the most of their land and buildings for mission.

We have researched how churches in London use their buildings and how this could be greatly strengthened with new approaches. The report ‘Assets not Burdens’ is available now.

Alongside this report, we have also published some short complementary case studies:

St David’s, Islington – The story of how an old church building has been brought back into use through a comprehensive redevelopment and is now in active use throughout the week.

– Ark Co-Working Space, King’s Cross – The story of how a growing church plant has established a new co-working space in an old Victorian building in King’s Cross to help build community amongst freelancers and social enterprises.

London Missional Housing Bond

The Centre has worked closely with a number of partners to develop London’s first Missional Housing Bond. We have raised almost £1 million and two properties have been purchased, in Bethnal Green and near Old Street. You can read the stories of the two flats and their occupants here.

The London Missional Housing Bond Board in the flat in Bethnal Green with The Bishop of London, the Archdeacon of Hackney, Revd Adam Atkinson, Vicar of St Peter's and Canon Dr Angus Ritchie, Director of CTC.

The London Missional Housing Bond Board in the flat in Bethnal Green with The Bishop of London, the Archdeacon of Hackney, Revd Adam Atkinson, Vicar of St Peter’s and Canon Dr Angus Ritchie, Director of CTC.

The purpose of the Bond is to support the church’s mission in deprived communities in London through the provision of affordable rented housing for key church missional workers.

The cost of housing, including rented housing, in even the most deprived areas of London is now so high that it has become a significant obstacle to church mission. For a lot of missional work, living locally is essential to the work.

The aim of the Bond is to raise social investment to buy homes in London which can then be rented out, at well below-market levels, to church workers involved in mission in some of London’s most disadvantaged communities.

The Bond has been issued by Mission Housing, on behalf of the Centre for Theology & Community, the Diocese of London and the Eden Network. Find out more details about the bond here.

Clean For Good

Since the summer of 2014, CTC has been working with the Parish of St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe in the City of London on an exciting project to develop a new kind of cleaning business.

In research conducted by CTC in the parish, we found that as thousands of well-paid City workers depart from their offices each day, a small army of low-paid cleaning staff enter the City to clean those same offices. The differences in their working experiences were stark. Sadly in recent years the cleaning sector in London has developed a reputation for low pay and poor working conditions. So, the parish, with support from CTC decided to do something about it. Let’s run a new kind of cleaning company which will set a new direction in the cleaning sector.

Clean For Good is a business with a social purpose. It will provide an excellent cleaning service to small and medium sized organisations across central and inner London. But it will also do so in an ethical way, by treating its cleaners well:

  • We will always pay the London Living Wage (£9.40 per hour) or more to all of our cleaners
  • We will provide decent working terms and conditions to all of our cleaners – like paid leave, guaranteed minimum working hours, even a modest pension
  • We will invest in the training and development of our staff
  • We will promote the value of cleaning and cleaners

We want to be the best cleaning company in London – providing the best service and experience for our customers, and the best experience for our cleaners.

We are raising our final investments and setting up the company and its leadership team.

Why is CTC involved in this? Part of our mission as a charity is to help churches mobilise their assets and opportunities, and we believe that enterprise is one important way of doing this. CTC led the development of the Business Plan for Clean for Good and is now leading the project. The Parish of St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe has played a key role, as have our founder investors and a growing number of professional advisors and supporters.

You can follow Clean for Good on Twitter and sign up on the website to receive the new monthly e-newsletter. Join us!

 

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