However, CSM must work harder to promote its vision within the Labour Party, wider political debate and the media. Its focus must not be on servicing current members – it must look outwards and recruit new members by promoting its values publicly.
In place of attending costly events to recruit more members, CSM should focus on developing clear policy lines, rooted in its values and objects, and pursue a vigorous advocacy strategy – incorporating parliamentary and media strategies to ensure that these views are heard in the Party and covered in the religious press. This is more likely to yield new members via the website at less cost than attending Party or religious events, and it also serves the existing membership by better promoting CSM’s values and objects. Such a strategy may even persuade ex-members back into membership.
CSM should position itself as an organisation with a strong public profile: promoting in the Labour Party the positive contribution that faith can make to politics; redefining typical ‘Christian issues’ to include social justice, poverty and the environment; aggressively countering the religious right in the media, particularly the religious media; prevent further appropriation of the term ‘social justice’ by the Conservatives; and promote CSM to churches and NGOs who share our values and objects as a conduit to lobbying MPs and ministers.
Welcome to CSM Renewal 2007
Welcome to CSM Renewal 2007. This blog is for members of the Christian Socialist Movement who are interested in renewing and changing CSM. In Proverbs it says: "Where there is no vision the people perish" (Prov 29:18). We fear that CSM is perishing from lack of vision, and we need to renew CSM: - Prayerfully restore CSM’s values and objects to the heart of everything it does; - Actively be the prophetic conscience of the Labour Party and a prophetic voice to the churches; - Boldly take a stand against the religious right and campaign to make poverty, social justice and the environment mainstream Christian issues; - Sustainably ensure CSM’s financial security without accepting sponsorship from organisations that compromise our values; - Immediately make CSM fit for purpose and the organisation more democratic, accountable and Christian. Find out more about our new vision for CSM below, and if you like it sign up to CSM Renewal 2007.