Neighbourhoods in Calgary have radically changed over the past 20 years. Immigration has brought greater cultural diversity, with nearly 30% of Calgary’s population born outside Canada. If the Church is going to effectively serve its community then it will need to get to know its changing neighbourhood.
UReach Calgary is here to provide information and tools to help you and your church map your community. You might want to begin with the Community Opportunity Scan which will help your church develop an overview strategy for getting to know your neighbourhood. For a detailed analysis of your community check out your Community Profile. Learn about the cultural background of new immigrants in your neighbourhood by visiting the Cultural Communities page. When you know the needs of your community you might want to scan the many resource available under City Services.
One resource we would highly recommend is John Fuder’s book, “Neighbourhood Mapping” available from Amazon here. Furthermore, check out his “10 tips to exegete a culture”.
UReach Calgary is a comprehensive resource centre connecting people with one another to collectively develop strategic vision & learn skills necessary to impact our multicultural communities. As there are an abundance of resource websites available, we have collectively gathered specific services geared to impact these multicultural communities. Neighbourhood maps, ward maps, newcomer services, and regional services maps can be found, in addition to links to other websites and resources.
Community Opportunity Scan (COS)
Diaconal Ministries have developed the Community Opportunity Scan to help growing churches build relationships with, and for the communities they are planted in. It will not only identify needs, it will also affirm the unique gifts and assets in the community and in the church. This along with other resources can be found on their website.
Calgary is one of the most diverse cities in Canada. There are almost 200 nation states in the world today and manyt of them are represented in the Calgary Area. We are working towards developing over one hundred country profiles. Each of our cultural community includes references and links to other resources on that particular community in Calgary. Links to local churches, social services, and other cultural resources are included. We encourage you to explore the diverse people groups that are living in Calgary.
The City of Calgary provides information on the demographics of the various communities and wards in the city. Find your community and learn more about the unique demographics and social profile of your neighbourhood.