Put quite simply Home Mission is the Baptist family purse. As a previous General Secretary wrote…
"When we want to do things together then we need to find the money from Home Mission. I want you to be really excited about Home Mission, because it enables us to do an immense range of things together. And all of those activities are inspired by the fact that we are united in wanting to encourage missionary disciples. That is to say, we want to be obedient to the words of Jesus who called us to follow him and to encourage others to do the same." (Revd Jonathan Edwards).
Home Mission provides:
Funding for the thirteen associations
The Baptist Union of Great Britain has thirteen regional associations. Each regional association has a team of regional ministers and administration staff that support the local church pastorally, advise on mission and practical matters and organise beneficial training events.
Representatives of each association are part of the National Settlement Team which meets ten times a year to help churches looking for ministers to be put in touch with ministers and final year student ministers seeking settlement.
All the work of the regional associations is funded by Home Mission giving from local churches and individuals.
Funding for the national resource
The national resource centre at Baptist House in Didcot, Oxfordshire provides advice or help for all member churches on mission, ministry and communications matters, on legal and financial issues and also provides a variety of useful publications for Baptist churches and colleges. Many staff come from either professional (e.g. accountancy, finance, HR, legal, communications, secretarial, social work) or ministerial backgrounds and are all here to serve the Baptist family.
Grants to churches and other organisations
This year around £1.9m will be given to churches and other organisations (mainly churches) to help them in their mission. Most Mission Grants are given to fund the cost of ministry but some are given to help start a variety of mission projects.
BUGB Mission Grants (previously known as Home Mission Grants) are given to help churches support a Minister who will lead them forward in their mission by helping them to reach out to their local community with the love of God in whatever ways are appropriate. The decision on the making or withholding of a grant lies with the national grants committee. Whilst this is a national grants scheme it is facilitated through the regional associations and, consequently, all applications must be made through your local association.
Mission Project Grants are given in order to encourage and enable Baptist Churches to respond to the mission needs of their community as part of their ongoing work and ministry. They are one-off grants of up to £3000 for new projects or new initiatives within existing projects. These projects must have a mission focus, in that their main aim should be to benefit people from the community which the church is seeking to serve. Projects that we have helped include drop-in centres, lunch clubs, debt counselling, equipment libraries, after-school clubs, outreach at events such as the Notting Hill carnival, cafes and coffee shops, holiday clubs, puppets, mission weeks and church in a pub.
Approximately 2% of the money given to the Home Mission appeal is allocated for Mission Project Grants. Grant applications are considered four times a year and application packs are available from Associations. If you would like more information please contact your Association or the BUGB Grants Manager
All Baptist churches in membership of BUGB and/or one of the associations are asked to given generously to Home Mission so that the work and mission of all our churches can continue to grow and develop.
If your church would like one of our Regional Ministers to come and speak on Baptist Home Mission please contact them direct or via our administrator - Steph Tidy
Thinking of applying for a Home Mission Grant?
For anyone considering applying for a Home Mission grant, for the first time - please read the Introduction to Home Mission Grants document