Love your neighbours, transform your community.
Loving our neighbours is one of the clearest calls we hear as we listen to the words of Jesus. But how do we care for those around us in a way that maintains everyone’s dignity, builds on strengths, and dismantles societal barriers?
At UGM, we believe the local church remains essential to community vitality. Whether you’re a congregant or a church leader, you can walk alongside those experiencing poverty, homelessness, and addiction. UGM can’t be everywhere at once — but the church can.
We are committed to equipping and supporting local churches as they navigate and learn how to show up and pursue the restorative Kingdom of God. With a teachable spirit and radical generosity, today’s churches can make a difference, one life at a time.
Our vision is that the church communities of Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley would be woven together, pursuing the common good, and actively participating in Christ's call to human flourishing for all. We trust that the following resources will both inspire and equip your church to better love your neighbours and meet the needs of your local community.
At UGM, we acknowledge that expertise is built up over time, and learning is essential to effective community engagement. Register for an upcoming free workshop or request a training session tailored to your congregation. See the full offering of UGM workshops here.
Caring for our communities requires an understanding of the challenges they face. From food security to housing reports to useful toolkits and devotionals, here you’ll find the resources to help your church expand its awareness and plot a course forward in encouraging your neighbours.
Looking to leverage your church’s ministry initiatives in your neighbourhood? UGM’s grant program can provide much-needed financial support, and our neighbourhood scans can uncover your community’s unique needs. Learn more about the Transforming Communities Grant and how we can support your next project.
Each month, we will be featuring a specific ministry from UGM to lift in prayer, including a focus highlighting that ministry as well as prayer points, scripture and a written, accompanying prayer.
Have questions about how your church can make a difference with people experiencing poverty, homelessness, and addiction?
Please reach out, we’d love to work together.
Manager, Church Relations
604-215-5439 (ext. 404)