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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I get a copy of the recommended terms of appointment for ministers?

What is the recommended stipend for ministers this year? 

How do we as a church go about finding a new minister?

What does it mean if we appoint a Newly Accredited Minister?

Is it possible to appoint a minister who is from outside the UK?

How do I submit a complaint against a minister?

Where can I find guidance about manses for ministers?

How can I find out more about becoming a Baptist minister?

What happens if a minister takes a sabbatical?

One of my ancestors was a Baptist minister. How do I find out information about them? 



How do I get a copy of the recommended terms of appointment for ministers?
Please select either full time or part time terms of appointment.
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What is the recommended stipend for ministers this year?
Details of the current recommended stipend can be found on our financial guidance pages.
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How do we as a church go about finding a new minister?
The first step is to contact your Regional Minister who will come and meet with the church leadership or church meeting to explain the process to you. The Regional Minister will represent your church at the National Settlement Team which seeks to introduce churches seeking ministry to ministers looking for a new situation. The leaflet Facing a Pastoral Vacancy contains further advice.
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What does it mean if we appoint a Newly Accredited Minister?
Ministers who have completed their initial training at a Baptist college and started in a church, chaplaincy, or pioneering setting are enrolled as Newly Accredited Ministers. Their formation as ministers continues to be guided for a further three years by one of the colleges working in partnership with their regional association. During this probationary period, they are helped to embed the habit of continuing ministerial development. They are given a mentor, they continue in some guided study and they are encouraged to reflect on their developing ministry. The church is expected to allow them time to engage in this programme and to cover related expenses. At the end of the three years, their accreditation is confirmed at the annual Baptist Assembly. 
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Is it possible to appoint a minister who is from outside the UK?
Typically, a minister coming from any country that this is not in the EU or who is not a UK citizen, will be required to comply with certain government regulations. These aim to prevent illegal working, people trafficking and the propagation of violent extremism. The church will have to demonstrate that they are unable to recruit a person suitable for their pastoral needs from within the existing resident labour market. More information can be found on the government’s ‘right to work’ website pages and on the leaflet, Calling a Minister from Overseas.
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How do I submit a complaint against a minister?
We hope this is not a ‘frequently asked question’, but sadly sometimes a minister might act in a way that unacceptable and needs to be addressed. The Ministries Team have a process for dealing with complaints against accredited ministers, ministers-in-training and nationally recognised pastors. The process begins when we receive a completed complaints form. The form gives examples of the misconduct and gross misconduct that would give rise to an investigation by the Ministries Team. It also lists those matters that are less serious and should be dealt with by the minister’s local congregation or oversight group. 
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Where can I find guidance about manses for ministers?
We have a range of resources and guidelines for manses which can be downloaded. 
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How can I find out more about becoming a Baptist minister?
Your Regional Minister is the best person to contact but you may find it helpful to read some initial information on our Baptist ministry pages. 
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What happens if a minister takes a sabbatical?
Ministers may take a period of sabbatical leave for up to three months every seven years. We have two leaflets that offer sabbatical guidance for churches and sabbatical guidance for ministers.
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One of my ancestors was a Baptist Minister. How do I find out information about them?
We do not have the resources to conduct research here at Baptist House. We would direct you instead to two websites. The Angus Library and Archive at Regents Park College in Oxford 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 elsewhere. And the Baptist Historical Society aims to help British Baptists understand their heritage and history. Their website can be the starting point for your research into a Baptist family member. Also, memoirs of some ministers and mission personnel are available on the Baptist Times obituaries page.
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