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Home Mission 

 

What is Home Mission?

Home Mission is all about helping Baptist Churches and individuals to reach their mission potential and bring the love of God to their communities. It is the Baptist family purse, and each year, our Union has an appeal to raise money for Home Mission.  Please click here to view a one-minute video explaining what the Home Mission Fund is.  The fascinating history of Home Mission can be found on the Baptist Together Website.

How is the Home Mission Fund used?


Grants to local churches - these 200+ grants identified by regional associations include church planting, renewing local churches and mission project grants.  Through Home Mission, hundreds of lives have been affected and many have found faith in Jesus.

Regional Associations - who are engaged in mission development in each area, supporting established churches and new initiatives.

Specialist Teams - to resource churches in their work through legal, ministries and missional support. In addition, representing the mission of God in national ways such as engaging with the Government and speaking out on matters of faith.


Types of Grant and Eligibility


We offer three types of Grant:
  • Mission through Ministry Grants
  • Mission Project Grants
  • special Ministry Grants
Mission through Ministry Grants
These grants are for church-based ministry, which will encourage and equip the church in its mission, They are normally only paid to churches with BUGB accredited Ministers, who pay their Minister the Home Mission stipend (or appropriate proportion thereof). They are also available for ministers-in-training and recognised ministers from other denominations in LEPs.

Applications for grants should be received by the end of February. If successful, a grant will not normally be paid before 1st January of the following year. In the case of church-based students, churches will have to cover the full costs for the first 4 months of the first academic year, unless they have applied a year earlier.

Churches seeking to apply for a Home Mission grant should contact their Regional Minister for an initial conversation.

Mission Project Grants
Mission Project Grants up to £1,500 will be given to encourage and enable Baptist churches to respond to the mission needs of their community as part of their ongoing work and ministry. They will be one-off grants for new projects or for a significant development 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.

Whilst any project will be considered, please note that priority will be given to those which fall into on of the following categories:
  • Innovative and creative evangelistic initiatives which will involve working with those who cannot yet be considered as disciples of Jesus Christ with a view to enabling people to discover and respond to His love with faith and discipleship.
  • Initiatives which are intended to help alleviate poverty or its effects. where groups are excluded from resources or deprived of certain facilities, they may be regarded as poor for the purposes of these grants.
The Association will be unlikely to fund:
  • Building projects - unless the grant application is for a clearly defined aspect of that project that links with the church's mission strategy.
  • Large projects - where a grant of £1,500 is not going to make any significant difference.
  • Projects which churches are clearly able to fund themselves.
  • Projects which are not linked with a church's ongoing mission strategy.
  • Projects where the church has recently received a Mission Project Grant.
  • When the church has not contributed appropriately to Home Mission.
Applications for Mission Project Grants will be considered throughout the year subject to available funds.

Before completing the application form, you should contact your Regional Minister.

Special Ministry Grants
Special Ministries are ministries not covered in any of the other categories; this may be a special initiative or a church planting/replanting situation.


Home Mission Stories


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Promoting Home Mission in Your Church


There are numerous resources available to help promote Home Mission in your church.  Details can be found here.  If you would like someone to come and talk about Home Mission at one of your services, please contact Dave Llewellyn.


Giving to Home Mission


Churches and individuals can give to Home Mission by contacting Amy, the Association Administrator Manager for bank details at: Amy


Useful Contacts


Dave Llewellyn is the Regional Minister responsible for Home Mission and Amy Allen, Administration Manager, processes all the applications   You can find their contact details here.
 

Home Mission in 2021


SCBA are supporting the following churches, chaplaincies and special ministries in 2021:
 
Anderson BC
Anderson Baptist Church, 
Reading, Berkshire
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Colwell Baptist Church,
Freshwater, Isle of Wight
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Freemantle Baptist Church,
Southampton, Hampshire
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Guernsey PACE
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Orchard Baptist Church
Graven Hill Project,
Bicester, Oxfordshire
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REInspired, Reading, Berkshire
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Southampton University
Free Church Chaplaincy,
Hampshire
 
Stow on the Wold
Stow on the Wold
Missional Listener, Gloucestershire
The Meeting Place
The Meeting Place,
Westbourne, West Sussex