Organizing Model

Birmingham Faith in Action follows an effective grassroots organizing model that produces responsible results and develops the leadership capacity of people in our congregations, schools, organizations, and communities.

 Listening, Research, ACTION, and Evaluation

BFIA model


  • Listening- Faith in Action leaders learn to hear the positive and painful stories and identify community concerns through one-on-one conversations, house meetings, congregational meetings, and community gatherings.  As a result, BFIA congregations establish a broad following and choose issues that matter most to their communities.
  • Research- Faith in Action leaders take these stories and take the time to meet with public officials and policy groups to research how things work and how we can make changes together.  As a result, FIA leaders become experts and able to get to the root causes of problems facing their communities. 
  • ACTION- Faith in Action leaders don't believe in "action paralysis".  After research, they develop a plan for action that falls in-line with their faith values. Because they are representing the communities' interest, FIA gathers large numbers of people from across the community to hold themselves and decision-makers accountable.  FIA leaders move from engaging decision-makers to putting the community at the decision-making table.
  • Evaluation- Faith in Action leaders learn to take the time to digest their experiences.  They are constantly asking the questions such “How has this strengthened my faith?  What was powerful about this campaign?  What could have been done differently?  How has this experience allowed me to stand in the breach for my community?”