With biblical insight and practical examples A Church for the Poor, by Martin Charlesworth and Natalie Williams, presents a vision of the church as a place where people from all sections of society can find a home and play a part. It is a call to rethink our traditions and transform the church to reach the poor in Britain today.



Transforming the church to reach the poor in Britain today

Recent years have witnessed dramatic growth in churches across Britain finding ways to care for the poorest in their communities. Motivated by genuine concern, dedicated volunteers responded to the call to action and millions of pounds have been invested to support those most in need. However, the culture of many churches fails to attract those they are helping to the very faith that motivates this compassion.

Even when people from poorer or working class backgrounds start on a journey of faith, many churches struggle to create an inclusive environment where they can feel welcomed and at home.

about the authors

Martin Charlesworth lives in Shrewsbury with his wife Jane and has three grown-up daughters. Prior to leading Jubilee+, Martin led Barnabas Community Church, Shrewsbury and helped develop its strong emphasis on social action and community engagement. Natalie Williams used to work as a journalist in London and is now the Communications Coordinator for Jubilee+, as well as overseeing communications and social action for King’s Church, Hastings.


I gladly commend this book to you because it has something urgent and important to say to the UK church which we desperately need to hear. More than theory alone this comes from their heart is biblical and offers meaningful ways forward. They are practitioners of what they preach. Be prepared to be deeply challenged!” Roy Godwin author of The Grace Outpouring and The Way of Blessing

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