Why local partnerships?
Unlock appoints Local Discipleship Development Workers to fulfil its vision to work with churches of any denomination to relate the Good News of the Down to Earth Christ to the people around them.
Unlock is especially concerned with communication in a traditional tabloid (non-book, 'text shy', or urban working class) culture — oral learners, or “people who can read but prefer not to”, within the UK’s inner cities and housing estates.
Unlock has a network of local workers who are able to develop local small groups, lead workshops and training events and provide consultancy.
These Local Workers...
- work to enable the development of indigenous leadership and increased confidence about sharing the Good News
- listen to local people and deveop approaches that really meet their needs
- ensure that greater use is made of Unlock’s distinctive approach to learning, and the free materials it has developed over the last four decades, by providing a locally based resource person, offering consultancy, workshops and training events.
- further develop Unlock’s materials and methods, through creative work and from practical experience gained in different urban situations.
- inform Christians in general about what Unlock is and does, and raise support for the work where possible (including financial support).
Unlock Local Partnership Presentation>>
Next . . . Unlock Blackpool? Unlock Lowestoft? Unlock Plymouth? Unlock Middlesbrough? Unlock where you are?
We are initiating explorations that we hope will lead to Unlock Local Projects in any of the places above. Contact the National Office for details, particularly if you live or work in one of these places, and would like to get involved.
We are looking for other suitable locations to develop future Unlock Local projects. If you have any promising ideas about this please let us know!
How to become a local worker
The following documents outline the main principles of the training Unlock provides and the local worker job desciption.
Ten principles of training used by Unlock >>
Unlock local development worker job description >>
Support for Unlock local workers
Sometimes the work of an Unlock worker can feel isolated. You may be working far from the National Office and only see other Unlock workers very occasionally. It is important that you feel supported in your work for Unlock and there are a number of ways we try to achieve this.
Support for Unlock Workers >>