Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Creative solutions?

Been thinking for a while now about the need for creative solutions for housing.
Here in London, especially, its incredibly difficult for people to enter the housing market and "affordable housing" seems to be somewhat of an oxymoron.
Despite the government's rhetoric and the good work of housing associations, I think its time for some creative thinking by churches.
Why? For long term investment in communities, to keep gifted people who would be forced economically to move on, essentially for mission.
I recently looked at the website for Friends of the Bridegroom (International House of Prayer) in Kansas. They have an interesting accommodation department with long and short term solutions.
Maybe that's something London churches or "clusters" of churches could learn from?
It certainly takes communal thinking, but could be a good business investment.
Back in the day the Abbey National came out of Baptist beginnings.

I'm not sure what it would look like - but Acts comes to mind - where it says that no-one was in need.
More than that I think there are justice issues here too.
Time for some creative thinking for the long term mission and incarnation of the gospel.


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