We believe fervently in the uniqueness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
This gospel alone has the power to change lives and reconcile sinners
to God. Our goal as a church is to fulfill the commission of the Lord
Jesus to preach this gospel and to make disciples of all nations. We
are committed to the evangelisation of all peoples and will actively
work in partnership with all who are distinctively and uncompromisingly
We believe that the church has a responsibilty both to encourage support and prayer
for specific individuals and agencies and to ensure increasing awareness of the growth of
God's kingdom in all areas of the world. The church uses the title "World Vision" to
emphasise the importance of both of these priorities.
The church as a whole should therefore be informed and challenged about world mission
the regular pulpit ministry
invited missionary speakers
regular inclusion of prayer needs in the church Prayer Diary
and weekly notice sheets
the sharing of news from private correspondence
and news letters
attendance at conferences
literature, videos and other promotional
material supplied by missions
books about world mission in the church
visits to missionaries "in the field" as
Members of the Sunday School and Bible Class
should be informed about world mission and encouraged to give
practical support - through prayer, offerings and writing to
the children of missionaries, for example.
At the heart of our practical involvement in world mission is regular,
informed prayer. The monthly Prayer Diary should be a stimulus to
pray daily for world mission in our private devotions. Likewise, the
missionary notice board should carry current news of the missionaries
we support as a church to stimulate intelligent prayer.
The mid-week Bible Study & Prayer meeting should be a forum for the sharing of missionary
news and a focus for corporate prayer for world mission. News can also
be brought to the church at Sunday services and prayer can be offered
up as part of our worship.
We aim to host occasional special events with a world vision focus to
which we can invite visitors from other churches. We consider it important
to support such events hosted by other churches. Church members should
be encouraged to attend missionary conferences, and funding will be
made available as the need arises.
Members are encouraged to receive and read literature such as magazines,
news letters and biographies of missionaries.
The Missionary Notice board is regularly maintained and used to identify those individuals
and agencies directly supported by the church. Other display boards are used where appropriate to draw particular attention to specific news or prayer needs
Members are encouraged to be in correspondence with at least one person
or family occupied full-time in world mission.
With particular interest in one geographical area of the world, church members are nominated as "Area Representatives"
responsible for the communication of news and prayer needs both of supported individuals and agencies,
and of Christian work around the world.
The Area Representatives meet regularly and share resposibility for
maintenance of the Missionary Notice board
inclusion of information in the monthly Prayer Diary and weekly notice sheet
encouraging informed private and corporate prayer for missionaries
and their work
organising up to six missionary prayer meetings per year
developing the missionary section of the church Library
encouraging the reading of missionary books, magazines and other literature
management of missionary literature in the World Vision display rack
The elders seek actively to promote interest in world mission by all of
the means outlined above. They will identify and encourage the development
of spiritual gifts which are appropriate to members' potential involvement
in world mission.
Call of a church member
The elders have the primary responsibility for assessing a call to full-time
involvement in world mission on the part of a church member. However,
the decision concerning the sending of a church member to the mission
field should be taken by the church membership as a whole.
The financial support of world mission is an imperative. We aim to use
at least one tenth of the church's total annual income for the support
of missionary work beyond our locality. Priority will be given to the
support of church members who are involved full-time in world mission.
Members are encouraged to direct any personal financial commitments to
specific missionary causes through the church offering. In this way the
gifts are seen to have come from the church as a whole. It also makes
it easier to regulate the allocation of other funds.
The elders and deacons may respond to a specific request for funds, although
if a very large sum is involved, the matter would be brought to a church
Specific offerings for mission work will normally be held at least once per year.
The potential recipients of the funds from such offerings are to be
named before the offering takes place.
We shall apply the following principles in deciding
whether or not to support a particular mission work.
The work should wherever possible
be theologically in sympathy with UBC
have been brought to our attention through
a God-given personal contact
be a strategic ministry in genuine need
be closely linked to local churches
have our confidence in its administration
of financial gifts
have the support of the members of UBC as
be part of a balanced portfolio of missionary
As a church we aim to broaden our interest in world mission as much as
possible. As well as supporting the work of Grace Baptist Mission and agencies supporting persecuted Christians
around the world, the church maintains personal links with
Ruth teaching in the Far East
Steve and Tibby Westcott in the USA with New Tribes Misson
Branko and Rada in Serbia
The Grace Third World Fund Caring for homeless orphan children in India. Providing education and training in practical life-skills Grace Third World Fund
Barnabas Fund supporting the persecuted church Barnabas Fund
Liz Rajo Baptist Biblical Seminary of Madagascar
Caring for Life. A charity "Sharing the love of Jesus" by providing homes, support, therapeutic activities and love Caring for Life in Leeds
Derek and Audrey Newton with International Christian College in GlasgowChester Schools Christian Work Chester Schools Christian Work
Good News Broadcasting Association Good News Broadcasting Association
Objectives of Evangelism
One of the primary goals of this church under God is to fulfil the commission of the Lord Jesus Christ to preach the gospel and make disciples. We believe that in the preaching of the gospel by all legitimate means, God is glorified and His name is exalted.
We believe that the following objectives best express the priorities by which this commission is to be fulfilled by us, and that every member shares the responsibility of ensuring that they are achieved.
To focus church outreach towards people of all ages in the Upton area
To train and involve every member of the church in evangelism
To train and encourage church members in personal evangelism
To ensure continous informed prayer support for church evangelism
To provide a firm grounding in the basic truths of the faith for new disciples
To ensure that all the evangelistic activities of the church are effectively co-ordinated
To encourage world missionary concern, interest and prayer