Toolkit – Research

INDEX

  1. Baseline Study
  2. Identify major stakeholders in your city/town
  3. Identify major Christian role players in your city/town
  4. Identify “ what God has said” or “Prophetic Words” for your city/town
  5. Identify major challenges in your city/town
  6. What would be expected to see if God’s Kingdom came to your city/town?
  7. Map who is doing what where (Kingdom initiatives)
  8. Identify who is collaborating
  9. Identify what is working and why?
  10. Identifying what is not working and why?
  11. Measure positive change, impact, and progress continuously

It should be noted that some research can be done independently from any formal structure or process, while other research might be done as commissioned by a formal body or team. Each case should be evaluated according to its own merit.


1. Baseline Study (BLS)

A Baseline Study is a collection of data about the current situation in the city/town

Research Focus

  • Bisho 2020
  • Bloemfontein 2020
  • Cape Town 2020
  • Durban 2020
  • East London 2020
  • Johannesburg 2020
  • Kathu 2020
  • Kimberley 2020
  • Kingdom Valley LEAN 2020
  • Mthatha 2020
  • Nelson Mandela Bay 2020
  • Nelspruit 2020
  • Paarl 2020
  • Piet Retief 2020
  • Pietermaritzburg 2020
  • Polokwane 2020
  • Rustenburg 2020
  • Soweto 2020
  • Tshwane 2020
  • Uniondale 2020
  • Victoria West 2020
  • Your city/town 2020

Components

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2. Identify major stakeholders in your city/town

Research Focus

Consult: City Research by City Changers Movement: www.citychanger.org

Components

Who and their impact

Where possible, stakeholders should be linked to specific issues or priorities identified in IDP documents. Connecting stakeholders to data will provide a framework for and provide purpose to discussions.

  • Churches (leaders, fraternals, ministries, networks, movements, FBOs, training institutions, prayer groups, etc)
  • Business (companies, networks, associations, forums, chapters, etc)
  • Job creation, SMMEs, skills development, entrepreneurship
  • Government (councillors, officials, working groups, etc)
  • Education (schools, colleges, universities, research, training institutions, ECDs, adult education, etc)
  • Health (doctors, nurses, medical staff, etc)
  • Security Services (SAPS, CPF, neighbourhood watches, fire brigades, relief response, etc)
  • Arts & Culture (music, worship, fine arts, dance, theatre, etc)
  • Sport (players, groups, teams, clubs, networks, etc)
  • Media (print, radio, TV, online, social media, etc)
  • Charities (NPOs, CBOs, Rotary, Lions, disability, aged, etc)
  • Family (marriage, single, men, women, children, orphans, etc)
  • Youth (groups, networks, associations, etc)
  • Environment (groups, networks, initiatives, movements, etc)
  • Social Justice (injustices, advocacy, reconciliation, peace, conflict, land, housing, basic services, inequality, abuse, violence, etc)
  • Human Development (leadership development, coaching, mentoring, etc)
  • Prison (ministries, staff, inmates, etc)
  • Urban agriculture (food gardens, food security, etc)
  • Other

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3. Identify major Christian role players in your city/town (individuals or organisations)

Research Focus

Consult: City Research by City Changers Movement: www.citychanger.org

Components

Criteria for city/town networks, initiatives, ministries, fraternals, churches, organisations, NGOs, business platforms, movements, etc in a city/town which will be part of the research.

  • Must have a vision for the entire (or part of) city/town
  • Kingdom inspired and Biblical values
  • Strive towards unity and crossing the divides (all sectors and not only unity between Churches)
  • Holistic transformation involving all sectors: spiritual, social (culture, language, family, welfare, safety), economic, education, health, justice, arts, sport, governance, political, environmental, media, etc
  • Footprint in the city/town (experienced and acknowledged)
  • Pursuing the larger picture and breaking out of own silo
  • Track record of relationship building, collaboration, coordination, networking, partnerships, and joint ventures in the city/town
  • Community focused
  • Resources available of journey (newsletters, videos, annual reports, events, programmes, tools, mapping, etc)

 Who and impact

  • Churches (leaders, fraternals, ministries, networks, movements, FBOs, training institutions, prayer groups, etc)
  • Business (companies, networks, associations, forums, chapters, etc)
  • Job creation, SMMEs, skills development, entrepreneurship
  • Government (councillors, officials, working groups, etc)
  • Education (schools, colleges, universities, research, training institutions, ECDs, adult education, etc)
  • Health (doctors, nurses, medical staff, etc)
  • Security Services (SAPS, CPF, neighbourhood watches, fire brigades, relief response, etc)
  • Arts & Culture (music, worship, fine arts, dance, theatre, etc)
  • Sport (players, groups, teams, clubs, networks, etc)
  • Media (print, radio, TV, online, social media, etc)
  • Charities (NPOs, CBOs, Rotary, Lions, disability, aged, etc)
  • Family (marriage, single, men, women, children, orphans, etc)
  • Youth (groups, networks, associations, etc)
  • Environment (groups, networks, initiatives, movements, etc)
  • Social Justice (injustices, advocacy, reconciliation, peace, conflict, land, housing, basic services, inequality, abuse, violence, etc)
  • Human Development (leadership development, coaching, mentoring, etc)
  • Prison (ministries, staff, inmates, etc)
  • Urban agriculture (food gardens, food security, etc)
  • Other

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4. Identify “what God has said” or “Prophetic Words” for your city/town

Research Focus

Write down prophetic words for city/town

Components

Prophetic Words for city/town

  • Leviticus 26:4-12. ecological and economic health; personal, civil & regional security; prosperity; His presence
  • Nehemiah 2:17. Rebuilding the walls of the city (Nehemiah Vision in Nelson Mandela Bay)
  • Isaiah 65: 17-25. God describes Jerusalem as a rejoicing, joyful, healthy, prosperous, and safe community in which people find unhindered communion with Him.
  • Jeremiah 29:7. A united, holistic, sustainable effort by the citywide Church to seek the peace, prosperity, and welfare of their city
  • John 17: 20-23. “…so that they all may be one….”
  • Zechariah 8: 4-5: People sitting and children playing in the streets
  • Shalom: completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquillity, prosperity, perfection, fullness, rest, and harmony
  • Biblical values in all spheres of society

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5. Identify major challenges in your city/town

Research Focus

Own research

Components

Challenges

  • Spiritual
  • Economic
  • Social
  • Cultural
  • Families
  • Governance
  • Leadership
  • Educational
  • Health
  • Inequality
  • Security
  • Spatial layout
  • Infrastructure
  • Basic services
  • Environmental
  • Land
  • Homeless
  • Refugees
  • Other

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6. What would you expect to see if God’s Kingdom came to your city/town?

Research Focus

Platt, 2017: 21-24; picture of when God’s Kingdom comes to your city or town

  • I see 1 000s of people bowing down and surrender before the Lord
  • I see 1 000s of people celebrating and acknowledging the presence of the Lord
  • I see the restoration of families and homes
  • I see dads playing with their sons and moms with their daughters
  • I see single parents embraced with love
  • I see children excited to go to school
  • I see artists being creative and inspirational
  • I see businesses building the economy and creating jobs
  • I see people with compassion reaching out to those in need
  • I see people crossing the divides of race, culture, and church traditions
  • I see churches walking in unity
  • I see sports persons with a testimony for Christ
  • I see media sharing the good news of Christ
  • I see cities filled with the presence of the Lord

Components

Mental map of an ideal city/town

  • Spiritual
  • Economic
  • Social
  • Community
  • Cultural & Arts
  • Families
  • Governance
  • Leadership
  • Educational
  • Health
  • Media
  • Inequality
  • Security
  • Spatial layout
  • Infrastructure
  • Basic services
  • Environmental
  • Land
  • Other

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7. Map who is doing what where (Kingdom initiatives)

Research Focus

  • Ranyaka has done several baseline and asset mapping exercises at community, neighbourhood, or town level, based on four focuses e.g. Economic Assets; Social Assets; Environmental/Spatial Assets; and Community Network Assets (Cohesion); some 40 indicators and 45 sub-indicators are used to diagnose the state of the town/community against a preferred future.
  • In Stellenbosch Ranyaka and SCAN (Stellenbosch Civil Advocacy Network) has conducted a variety of workshops with NGOs since 2016 in Jamestown, Kylemore, Klapmuts, Cloetesville, Idasvalley and Kayamandi
  • In 2019 they also did a similar workshop with Churches in Stellenbosch regarding Social Justice Programmes. This helped to identify who is doing what, where, to identify duplication of services as well as identify gaps or needs. This was done to create a platform for future collaboration within and outside the sector to address a particular social justice issue.
  • Ranyaka has received private sector funding to facilitate community transformation processes in Magaliesburg, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Boitekong in Rustenburg, Kanyamazane in Nelspruit, Mankweng in Polokwane, Mamelodi East, Zwide in Port Elizabeth, Umlazi in Durban and Piet Retief.

Components

Identify who is doing what where in each city (Kingdom initiatives)
(Kingdom city/town directory: identify services as well as gaps)

  • Churches: done according to Wards in Nelson Mandela Bay
  • Ministries
  • Prayer groups
  • NGOs/NPOs/CBOs done according to Wards in Nelson Mandela Bay
  • Business
  • Health
  • Education
  • Government
  • Human Development
  • Justice
  • Media
  • Arts
  • Sport
  • Families
  • Youth
  • Children
  • Environment
  • Security Services
  • Other

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8. Identify who is collaborating

Research Focus

Own research

Components

Identify all collaboration initiatives e.g. sharing resources, experiences, etc

  • Within and between Churches e.g. Fraternals/Networks/Movements
  • Within and between Prayer Networks
  • Within and between NGOs/NPOs/CBOs
  • Within and between Business Chambers/Chapters/Forums
  • Within and between Education Services
  • Within and between Health Services
  • Within and between Security Services
  • Within and between Local Government and ….
  • Between resourceful and under resourced areas
  • Combination of ….

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9. Identify what is working and why?

Research Focus

Own research

Components

Identify stories of hope

  • Own research

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10. Identifying what is not working and why?

Research Focus

Consult: Identifying obstacles to collaboration: https://www.lausanne.org/content/lop/towards-transformation-citiesregions-lop-37#c6

Components

Identify obstacles (1 = Low score; 10 = High score)

  • Spiritual
    • Denominationalism
    • Theological differences
    • Spiritual strongholds
    • Lack of prayer
    • Lack of prophetic insight
    • Lack of drive towards unity
  • Vision
    • Lack of shared vision
  • Leadership, Collaboration & Networking
    • Lack of ownership and low level of commitment
    • Lack of leadership and failing to represent diversity
    • Lack of networking and failing to build relationships between church leaders
    • Lack of involvement of church leaders and ministries from poorer areas
    • Not moving beyond prayer and relationship building
    • Lack of interaction between churches and NPOs/CBOs
    • Lack of networking between NPOs/CBOs
    • Lack of interaction between church, business, government, and academic leaders
    • Lack of involvement of business and academic leaders in city/town process
    • Inadequate ability of church leaders to execute action
    • Lack of community-based ministries
    • Lack of understanding holistic and comprehensive nature of collaboration
    • Lack of urban theological education and training for urban ministry, urban systems, and structures
    • Lack of understanding of city planning, policy processes, IDPs and Ward Committees
    • Succession of leadership
  • Platform and resources
    • Lack of “neutral” platform facilitating a city/town wide process
    • Lack of back office with “jockey” driving the process
    • Lack of funding and resources to sustain city/town wide process
    • Inadequate involvement of media
    • Inadequate research
    • Lack of measurement of change or impact
  • Other
    • Overwhelming nature of city
    • Working with non-Christian/secular entities
    • Lack of agreement on challenges
    • Intellectualism (talk) vs action
    • Looking for quick fixes
    • Event driven
    • Everybody is busy

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11. Measure positive change, impact, and progress continuously

Research Focus

Own research

Components

Measurement

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