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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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