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24225FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions


Where do I get a copy of the Terms of Appointment?

Our church is about to go into a pastoral vacancy – how do we go about finding a new minister?

Our church is about to appoint a Newly Accredited Minister – what does this mean?

Our church is looking to appoint a minister from outside the UK. What do we need to know?

Our church is looking to employ a youth worker. Where can I find out further information about employing them?

What do we need to consider regarding manse and accommodation for our minister?

I'd like to find out more about entering ministry – where do I find some information?

Our minister is due for a sabbatical – what does this mean?

One of my ancestors was a Baptist Minister. How do I find out if you have any information about them?

 
Where do I get a copy of the Terms of Appointment? 
Please select either full time or part time Terms of Appointment.
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Our church is about to go into a pastoral vacancy – how do we go about finding a new minister?
The first step is to contact your Regional Minister who will come and meet with the church leadership and/or church meeting to explain the process for you. The National Settlement Team helps available ministers and ministers in training in their leaving year settle in churches and it seeks to assist churches in filling a pastoral vacancy. The book, Facing a Pastoral Vacancy, contains advice for churches during a pastoral vacancy.
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Our church is about to appoint a Newly Accredited Minister – what does this mean?
Training for Baptist ministry generally lasts for six years: the first three (or in some cases four) of which are in college, with the next three being undertaken during a probationary period as a Newly Accredited Minister following ordination and settlement. Please note that for the purpose of this question, the term 'minister' includes youth specialists and evangelists. The probationary period normally lasts for three years and, when successfully completed, the minister is transferred to fully accredited status on the Accredited List. Throughout this period, the minister will be able to benefit from a range of supports and opportunities to enable personal, professional and spiritual growth to continue. The church is expected to allow time for their minister to engage in their programme and to cover related expenses. To find out more please download the information leaflet outlining this in further detail.
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Our church is looking to appoint a minister from outside the UK. What do we need to know?
In November 2008, the government introduced new regulations aimed at trying to prevent illegal working, people trafficking and the propagation of violent extremism. Typically, a minister coming from any country that this is not in the European Economic Area (EEA) or who is not a UK citizen, will be required to comply with the new regulations and it must be demonstrated by the calling church that they are unable to recruit a person suitable for their pastoral needs from within the existing resident labour market. Please download further information here.
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What do we need to consider regarding manse and accommodation for our minister?
Guidelines for churches and ministers regarding manses and accommodation can be downloaded. 
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I'd like to find out more about entering ministry – where do I find some information?
Your Regional Minister is the best person to contact but you may find it helpful to read some initial information which can be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate link below:
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Our minister is due for a sabbatical – what does this mean?
Ministers may take a sabbatical between one and three months study leave every seven years. To find out more about this, guidance notes for churches and ministers are available or please contact Ian Millgate.
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One of my ancestors was a Baptist Minister. How do I find out if you have any information about them?
We do not have the resources to conduct research here at Baptist House but would direct you to the Angus Library at Regents Park College in Oxford.  The Angus Library and Archive is the leading collection of Baptist history and heritage worldwide.  It contains more than 70,000 items relating to the life and history of Baptists in Britain and the wider scene.  The website is http://theangus.rpc.ox.ac.uk/ and you will find a huge amount of information there. 
 
Another source of information is The Baptist Historical Society which exists to help British Baptists understand their heritage and history.  It provides a  wonderful opportunity for those who wish to study the life of Baptist churches, people and ideas.  The site acts as a beginning point for your research into Baptist history, whether you are a full-time academic, or just interested in the history of your local church or a Baptist family member.  The website is http://www.baptisthistory.org.uk/

  Memoirs of ministers and mission personnel are available on the Baptist Times Obituaries area of our website.
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