One of the best ways to build connections with migrants and refugees in your local area is to provide opportunities for people to improve their English skills. Arriving in a new country presents a whole range of challenges, and being able to communicate well can play a big part in someone’s ability to overcome some of those difficulties. Gaining confidence and competence in conversational English can be the thing that helps someone find work, utilise services, join community groups or make simply friends.
Churches are often well positioned to meet the needs of people learning English as a Second Language (ESL), and can see this sort of activity and an opportunity to show love and friendship to their neighbours. Some churches may have the ability to run structured ESL classes. Others may choose to run less structured conversation classes. This sort of ministry can take a number of different forms which all serve as effective ways to reach out to those who are newly arrived in Australia. For this reason, it’s good to think about what will work best in your locality and what is possible with your resources.
Who will be involved in this ministry?
Where and when will you run your program?
Equipping your team:
What will each session involve?
Our Refugee and Cross-Cultural Support Worker, Andrew Adams, would love to chat with you and share some of his own experiences in starting an ESL ministry at church.Click here to get in touch