Empowering UK Faith Institutions: Prominent Faith Leaders Collaborate to Address Access to Finance and Property Ownership Challenges

Last Updated on: 22nd November 2023, 07:55 am

A gathering of one hundred prominent Faith Leaders convened to address longstanding issues surrounding access to finance and property for faith institutions in the United Kingdom.

Rehoboth Property International, a leading real estate developer committed to constructing spaces that generate social value, successfully organised its inaugural Legacy Summit on Tuesday, May 30th, 2023. The prestigious event took place at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London, marking a significant milestone in the effort to solve the persistent challenges faced by faith institutions in accessing finance and owning properties.

This groundbreaking summit, held in collaboration with Charity Bank and World Vision, brought together influential church leaders from across the country. The primary goal was to collectively address the financial education needs of the church and find sustainable solutions to the barriers hindering access to finance and property ownership.

The Legacy Summit featured an esteemed lineup of speakers, headlined by Stewart McCullough, CEO of Stewardship, who delivered an impactful keynote address. Panel sessions included renowned representatives from the finance sector, such as Carolyn Sims, Director of Lending at Charity Bank, Andy Ayim OBE, and Rodney Appiah, Founder of Cornerstone VC.

The summit program encompassed a range of thought-provoking topics, fostering dynamic discussions and providing practical guidance on navigating the complex financial landscape. Key areas of focus included traditional avenues for accessing finance, exploration of innovative funding models, and the crucial role of real estate investment in addressing affordable housing needs. Recognising the significant contributions of churches to their communities, the summit highlighted the pressing need for support in the realm of property ownership.

Sanmi Adegoke, CEO of Rehoboth Property International, expressed the belief that faith leaders can act as powerful agents of change in addressing the social needs of their communities. “The Legacy Summit was a pivotal step towards equipping church leaders with the necessary knowledge and education to access finance, enabling them to own their own buildings and execute projects that create lasting impact within their communities,” he stated.

The success of the Legacy Summit underscores the urgency and relevance of addressing the financial needs of faith institutions. It has laid the foundation for ongoing collaboration, mentoring programs, and support networks that will continue to empower faith leaders as they navigate the intricate world of finance and property.

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