17 March 2010
Evangelical Alliance welcomes Government recognition of faith groups in transforming communities
The Evangelical Alliance has welcomed Communities Secretary John Denham's recognition of the excellent work done by faith groups, at the Faith and Social Action conference today.
Mr Denham announced a £1m fund to assist national faith based organisations strengthen their capacity to challenge and engage with Government.
At the conference a "myth-busting" guide was launched that will help local authorities work with faith groups in the delivery of vital services.
Steve Clifford, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance, said: "We're delighted that the Communities Secretary clearly values the unique experience and creativity that faith groups bring to local communities.
"As committed citizens we cherish the opportunity to partner with the state for the benefit of all.
"We thank and commend the Government for recognising the key motivating role of our beliefs, whilst backing their faith in us with financial support."
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The Evangelical Alliance
We are the largest and oldest body representing the UK’s two million evangelical Christians. For more than 165 years, we have been bringing Christians together and helping them listen to, and be heard by, the government, media and society. We’re here to connect people for a shared mission, whether it’s celebrating the Bible, making a difference in our communities or lobbying the government for a better society. From Skye to Southampton, from Coleraine to Cardiff, we work across 79 denominations, 3,500 churches, 750 organisations and thousands of individual members. And we're not just uniting Christians within the UK – we are a founding member of the World Evangelical Alliance, a global network of more than 600 million evangelical Christians. For more information, go to www.eauk.org.