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Does Engaging the Church in Community Development Really Make a Difference?

A study of the impact of Tearfund’s Church-based Community Transformation training in Ethiopia

At Tearfund, we believe in a holistic gospel, one that focuses on both word and deed.

Out of this belief came Church-Based Community Transformation (CCT) – a biblical model of development that works with local churches, helping them to go beyond their walls and address the unmet needs of the wider community – physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.


The objective of this study was to understand the impact CCT has had on 25 communities in the Wolaita region of Ethiopia. Alongside the Terepreza Development Association (TDA), we surveyed 201 individuals ranging from pastors to community members. We then analyzed the results to identify common themes.

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When Helping Hurts Church guide

When Helping Hurts

When Helping Hurts A six-part video course on how your church can alleviate poverty without hurting the poor… and yourself. Access Now Watch the Trailer Good intentions are not enough. Each year, tens of millions of dollars and volunteering hours are given by churches and Christians to support those living in poverty—whether internationally or within …

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Part 1: What is Poverty?

Part 1: Understanding Poverty What is Poverty? How we understand poverty will determine our response to it. Many, especially in the West, understand poverty as economic poverty. For example, the World Bank defines people in poverty as those living on less than $1.90 a day.  Other measures of poverty such as the Multidimensional Poverty Index …

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Part 3: Who Can Help Tackle Poverty?

Part 5: Understanding Poverty How you can help combat poverty? Poverty is intricately linked to the social and systemic consequences of broken relationships between God, people and wider creation. We see that poverty comes from a distorted understanding of self, which affects how we interact with other people, with wider creation and with God. God …

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