Serving and Transforming (Salt and Light)


You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8b)

You are the salt of the earth (Matt 5:13)

In From Anecdote to Evidence growing churches were often actively engaged with those who might not go to church or are outside the existing community. (p10)


This page offers you a range of resources to help you with questions covered in this section of the Mission Action Planning tool. Some are within our own diocesan website but we have also included links to good outside sources. As we become aware of other useful materials, we will update this page.

Board of Faith and Justice

The purpose of the Board of Faith and Justice ( is to oversee the implementation of the diocesan Salt and Light strategy by developing a passionate, confident vision of the distinctive contribution that churches in our Diocese can make in seeking to transform our society and God’s world.

Every parish is encouraged to have a Salt and Light Link Officer whose task it is to promote the Salt and Light Strategy at local level and to act as a channel of communication between parishes, deaneries and the Board. For more information, contact:

The following working groups oversee different aspects of community involvement:


Brief description of purpose


Mental Health

To raise awareness of mental health issues & empower those who experience them

Chair: Sally Ross

0114 226 1689

Diocesan Resource Group for Seniors 

To honour, encourage & explore the potential & vocation of Christians in later years       

Chair: Michael Collyer 

0114 275 3434

Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Anglicans (BAME) 

To promote race & cultural awareness as well as full participation

Chair: Revd Anesia Cook 

0114 250 9716



To support people with dementia.


Chair: Gemma Graham

Poverty & inequality

To raise awareness in the following areas; 

Types and extent of poverty in the Diocese

Growing Inequality

Immigration and Asylum issues

Work, worklessness and livelihood inequality 

Chair: David Price 

0114 296 0806

World development

To provide information support and advice on how parishes can engage with issues of global concern

Chair: Jackie Butcher

Bishop’s Advisor on world development

0114 262 1293

Climate Change & Environment 

To encourage churches and individuals across the diocese to care for the environment that God has entrusted to us

Chair: Jo Chamberlain


Further general resources

  • Church Urban Fund ( provides resources across a very wide range of issues.
  • Hope UK ( seeks to support churches in villages, towns and cities to do more together in mission in words and action.
  • Oasis UK ( has a long track record of working alongside whole communities to support the breadth of their needs, through education, healthcare, housing, children’s and youth work, debt advice, foodbanks and much more.
  • Food banks. If you need advice on setting up or running a food bank, contact Trussell Trust ( They are not the only providers but they do have a strong network.
  • CAP ( or Christians Against Poverty can help you with debt counselling. This website is also a place to which you can direct individuals seeking help.
  • Dementia Action Alliance ( ).
  • Church based projects that engage with vulnerable people should ensure that their staff and volunteers have at least a minimum level of expertise. They ought to be knowledgeable about common issues affecting vulnerable people and must work in a way that avoids harm to the people they engage with, themselves and their project. If you are involved in a project that could benefit from training in this area please contact Kim Balmer on

World Development Section

Climate change / the Environment

  • Hope for the future ( is an ecumenical, nationwide campaign to encourage and equip individuals, churches and groups to lobby their MP on climate change.
  • IPCC ( or Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a good source of research findings for those needing scientific data on the theme of climate change. You will also find good summaries by searching BBC news website.
  • A Rocha ( seeks to equip individuals and churches to live in a way that shows care for God’s creation. This includes resources for worship services and for everyday life. There are more specific items such as becoming an eco-congregation & churchyard conservation.

Lay Leaders and Volunteers

Growing Lay Leaders This page includes material from a "Growing Lay Leaders Taster" event organised by the Parish Support Team and includes a copy of the powerpoint and links to other websites including SHAPE and CPAS Growing Leaders

Growing Volunteers This page includes a range of suggestions and resources to help churches work well their volunteers


See the 'Further Resources' page in this section of the website for 'Evidence to Action', Grove Books, and other material applicable to all sections of the MAP tool.

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Need help or advice? Contact the Parish Support team by emailing Lucy Nunn or telephoning 01709 309135.