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About Home Mission
Home Mission is the Baptist Movement's shared purse, both nationally and regionally. Each church is encouraged to give at least 5% of general income to the fund, and churches can apply for grants for mission - either to help with the cost of ministry, or with the costs of a specific project.
To apply for a Home Mission Grant, contact Regional Minister Alisdair Longwill
Many WEBA churches are amongst the most faithful Home Mission givers in the land, and we were tremendously pleased with the level of giving in 2011, considering the financial situation for many churches and individuals.
"It has been a fantastic achievement to receive £246,609 last year" said Regional Minister, Gordon Hindmarch. WEBA churches are clearly making mission in the communities where a kingdom presence is desperately needed a priority when they set budgets.
Just Imagine is the name under which the Baptist Union has produced a range of new promotional materials, including short videos which are being regularly released via Youtube and www.baptist.org, and also bookmarks which are being sent to all WEBA churches with their Spring Mailing. WEBA churches (including Jacob's Well, left) feature in the videos, posters, and bookmarks.
There are many ways in which you can contribute to the work of Home Mission. We suggest:
a) Ask your church treasurer whether the church already gives 5% of general income to Home Mission
b) If they do, pray about your own giving to your church. Any increase you can make will benefit mission in your community and in others.
Just Imagine... watch the new Home Mission video here:
More than 20 Home Mission Grants will be awarded to churches and chaplaincies in WEBA in 2012. This is great news. "Astonishing!" is how Regional Minister Gordon Hindmarch described it.
This means, to give just one example, that Stapleton Baptist Church in Bristol will be able to call Rev Emmamuel Asamoah to work with the church and also assist WEBA in developing ministry amongst Bristol’s multicultural congregations.
We know that these are difficult financial times – but exciting things are happening in our churches, and together we can help them come to fruition.”
Home Mission Grant-aided Churches - please check that you give the amounts mentioned in the your HM Grant Applications
Thank you to those churches who gave to the New Churches Initiative in 2011. It is not too late for churches to give to support the on-going work in Wichelstowe and Painswick. We usually suggest £200 or £75 for smaller churches. (Cheques payable to WEBA and marked New Churches Initiative)
It's much easier to manage your church's giving by standing order. To set up a standing order to Home Mission please contact the WEBA office.