It is for all those working in relief and development and committed to integral mission, both practitioners and managers. It meets as a group twice a year, normally in London but also provides many other opportunities for members to engage with other.
Integral mission encompasses all aspects of our how we engage in life in our communities and encourages us to strive to serve with a Kingdom perspective. Consequently relief and development issues are addressed from a Christian distinctive perspective. Topics are chosen by the Steering Group, helped by suggestions from members of the forum. The forum is an opportunity for networking and mutual learning.
Topics recently have included
Justice and advocacy, partnership, avoiding dependency, being distinctively Christian in relief and development, capacity-building and sustainability, human rights, and the role of peace building in development.
The Chair is Paul Cornelius (FHI-UK) and group members include Andy Sexton, Sheryl Haw (Micah Network International), Sara Kandiah (The Leprosy Mission International), Alan Cutting (Samaritan's Purse), Sheryl Haw (Micah Global), Bob Chambers (Feba Radio) and Martin Lee (Global Connections). The Forum is administered by Laura Prime (Global Connections).
Other learning resources
As we seek to improve practice, we are keen to share and learn from one another. There are some excellent learning zones for those working in relief and development which are freely available. The Tearfund International Learning Zone has Topics pages and Policy and Research information, as well as links to some excellent publications. Micah Global has a library of resources including videos, training materials, a reading list, blogs, and stories of transformation.