Home Mission is the main way Baptist churches and communities support mission locally and nationally. It’s partnership for mission.
All the support your church receives from the wider network, from free DBS checks for your volunteers, to advice during a Pastoral Vacancy, is funded through Home Mission. Many WEBA churches each year also receive grants for Home Mission, either to help with the costs of ministry during a transitional or pioneering period, or for special projects.
Around 90% of all the money given by WEBA churches is spent within WEBA. (And of course, our churches also benefit from the resources available nationally)
Churches are encouraged to give at least 5% of general income to Home Mission.
If every church did this, our Baptist Union and the West of England Baptist network would have a sustainable future going forward. In recent years, however, a number of financial pressures have meant a gradual reduction in Home Mission giving:
It’s very important that our churches understand what their Home Mission giving achieves. Please get in touch if you’d like to arrange a visiting speaker for a ‘Home Mission Sunday’. There’s also information about giving and applying for grants here:
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