Community Engagement Design Lab

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Community Engagement Design Lab – for Churches & Church Planters

  • Do you feel disconnected from your local community and are looking for new ways to engage?
  • Do you need support or resources to help you think through how you can effectively bring kingdom-shaped change in your community?
  • Do you have existing community programs that have lost their connection to the church community and to the biblical story?

What is involved?

4 days of intensive training (spread over 2 months) to help you develop a strategy to effectively engage with your community.

The program will help you get beyond the walls of your church, reconnect with your community and facilitate change in your community that aligns with God’s purposes for the world.

Who runs it?

The program is co-facilitated by John Beckett, the founder and CEO of Seed, and Anthony Sell, Director of International Programs for Baptist World Aid Australia and a member of the Board of Seed. John leads the Baptist Association’s Public Engagement Group. Seed’s specially developed curriculum brings together the best thinking from the fields of community development, theology, design, social enterprise and social change.

What are the outcomes?

By the end of this training you will be able to:

  1. Use a clear framework of community engagement to explore missional opportunities.
  2. More clearly define your community, its needs and your place in it.
  3. Draft an initial strategy outlining possible priorities/approaches to community engagement in your context.

Note that this training equips you with the tools you need to deliver your own community engagement strategy, however there is the possibility for ongoing in-context coaching after this program for churches with particular or complex needs.

What are the dates and structure?

We work with you over a period of 2 months to help you effectively engage with your community. The program includes 4 days of face-to face training – 2 days at the start; 1 day in the middle; 1 day at the end of the program + guided Community Engagement in-between the sessions.

Dates Venue Module
Day 1 :  7 Aug Baptist Ministry Centre, Epping


Understanding the purpose of Community Engagement


Day 2: 8 Aug West Ryde Community Church (West Ryde Baptist Church) Understanding and listening to your Community
Day 3: 5 Sept Northside Baptist Church, Crows Nest Designing a Community Engagement approach
Day 4: 26 Sept TBD Developing a Community Engagement Strategy

What is the cost?


-Covers up to 2 participants from each church and includes:

-All training and resources

-All lunches; morning & afternoon teas for the 4 training days

Transport and accommodation are the responsibility of the participants.  Up to two extra participants from a participating church are welcome (four participants in total) – charged at $200/person.

Are subsidies available?

Subsidies are available for churches who are not able to afford the full cost of the training. Maximum subsidy is 50%. If you wish to apply for a subsidy please indicate details in the form below.

How do I register?

If you are interested in registering please visit:  You will be asked to pay a $100 deposit to reserve your space.  Please note that there is a maximum of 10 spaces in this program.  Registration does not guarantee a position in the program and you will be re-funded your deposit if we have reached our maximum number.  We will be in touch with you briefly by phone to finalise your registration and to better understand your church’s context.  If you have any questions, please email Kelly Crawford at