One of the key factors that cripples ministry within socially disadvantaged areas, is an ingrained failure to understand how social networks operate outside the middle classes. It's a failure I often unfortunately replicate in my own precious relationships. Tim Chester describes the "blind-spot" of middle class social networks this way:
Aren't we all middle class now? We're a nation that proudly self-identifies as egalitarian. It is no longer self-evident where "Blue-collar" and "working-class", part company with "middle-class". It feels somehow un-Australian to even acknowledge the existence of social class.
Hi, I'm Steve. This page is just getting pulled together this May/June - sorry for the gaps!