The Heart, Soul and Spirit of Our Mission
Our member congregations come together across racial, ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic lines to shape public policies that foster hope and create opportunity for all Illinois residents. Member congregations form an effective and powerful network that speaks the truth with one resounding and persuasive voice to overcome the barriers of poverty and racism.
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Community Renewal Society member congregations use the tools of organizing to strengthen their churches. Congregational organizing works to activate the entire church membership and expand the congregation's engagement with the wider community. A Faith in Action Team is the core unit for faith-based organizing.
Faith in Action Teams are made up of 5-15 core leaders in each member congregation. These teams build relationships within the church to strengthen the local congregation, identify new leaders for ministries of the church, and identify new issues for action within the church or the community.
Member congregations conduct listening campaigns at least once each year intended to identify the needs of their churches and communities. Member congregations set goals for growth, create an 8-12 week plan to achieve those goals and engage the entire congregation using organizing tools such as one-on-one relational meetings, house meetings and neighborhood canvassing. Member congregations gather two to four times a year at leadership councils to launch new campaigns. One of these meetings is the Annual Membership Assembly where member congregations elect the CRS Board of Directors. Congregations also participate in organization-wide annual events such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Faith in Action Assembly and the Day of Faith at the Capitol.
Healthy and active congregations are continually engaged in the renewal of leadership. Members of CRS churches are developed as leaders by engaging in one-on-one coaching from CRS organizers and group training sessions.
Community Renewal Society churches transform our communities. By listening, organizing, and taking action, CRS churches win campaigns to create real change in the lives of real people in our communities. See the impact we’ve made.