40*40 The cost of urban mission

One of the things that Sarah and I have been considering is the possibility of pioneer church planting work. If we go for this option then we will need to be looking ourselves at the support and funding needed for this. At the same time, I have been committed to seeking to help raise up Gospel workers for urban context planting generally. Part of that includes seeking to raise support for people like Tom Martin re-planting a congregational church in West Smethwick.

So, I just did a quick calculation the other day. The average pastor’s salary seems to be around about £25k. So assuming we recognise that as a reasonable target for any Gospel worker, then it amounts to the equivalent of 40 people giving £40 per month.[1] Now, there are of course other costs, in terms of personal support we’ve not covered things like pensions and there’s also the question of funding venues, literature, technology etc.  Additionally, whilst for some people £40 per month is a drop in the ocean and they could give more, for others it would be a huge sacrifice and in the face of COVID-19 related economic pressure, probably unrealistic.  However, I think it helps to make a start.

What it does is helps us to see that there is a huge cost if we are genuinely committed to the evangelisation of urban Britain.  However, it shows how in reach that is.

Another way of looking at this would be that £25k for an urban mission worker could be raised by asking 10 churches to give £2500 from their mission budget each year.

As readers will know, Sarah and I are looking at our future plans at the moment and we are asking for your prayers and advice as we consider the right way forward. We are also looking for opportunities to partner with others.

However, I also want to keep the question of partnering and supporting with urban mission more widely firmly on the agenda.

Please get in touch if this is something that is a priority for you as well.


[1] This is assuming that gift aid will apply which in effect takes the donation over £50

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