We give 10% (a mission’s tithe) of the church income to organisations and causes to enable others to proclaim and demonstrate the love of God. Principally we elect three organisations for the year (or for three years in the case of an international church-planting partner). We distribute the mission tithe between them so each gets 30%. The remaining 10% of the tithe supports causes nominated by the congregations throughout the year.
In 2018, we elected to support:
- Shift Youth & Community (formerly known as Fusion) as the local partner
- Christians Against Poverty (CAP)
- A Baptist Missionary Society (BMS) project helping young mothers in Afghanistan.
Why do we do this?
God so loved the world that he sent…
Mission simply means to be sent. It is at the heart of our understanding of God.
Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
It is at the heart of the command and commission given by Jesus to the church.
As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.
It is at the heart of a Christian’s obedience to Jesus.
You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth
To be a missionary is to go to those beyond your inner circle of family and friends with a message and demonstration of good news.
The World Council of Churches defines five marks of mission which can define the breadth for us:
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To seek to transform unjust structures of society
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth