It’s Annual Return time!
If you are a church secretary, or the person listed as a church’s main admin contact, and your church is a member of WEBA and/or Baptists Together you should have received a notice to complete your church’s Annual Return last week.
This is simply an opportunity to update us (both in Association offices and in the national Specialist Teams) on the best people to contact in your church, and also an opportunity to collect some basic statistics that will help regional and national staff understand the bigger picture of change among Baptist churches in the UK. This isn’t just about admin; it’s about how we obey Jesus’ Great Commission in a fast changing world.
For those few churches who never complete a return, the system keeps their membership listed as what it was in, perhaps, 1998, which you can imagine will skew the statistics we have more and more as time goes on.
So we’re thankful to the vast majority who take the trouble to fill in the online form, or download and send in a paper copy.
To complete your return, you will need the email (or letter) you received around the 16th January, which includes your login details for the online system. Everything else you need, including instructions, the online system, and the link to download a paper form, is on this page on the Baptists Together website:
In addition, Rachel Tole who oversees the Annual Returns process has produced this list of Frequently Asked Questions:
As Rachel points out in her letter and in this document, she is working on Annual Returns for the entire country with just one other person, so she is unable to take phone calls during this period. However, you are welcome to contact the WEBA office by phone or email with any questions, and if we are able to help, we will.
Thank you for your help as you put together the numbers and details needed for your church’s annual return. The deadline for all returns is the end of February 2018.