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The Bishop of London’s Mission Fund: The Bishop of London’s Mission Fund Terms of Reference

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  1. To award grants to support mission projects within the Diocese of London, particularly “Fresh Expressions of Church”

This is delivered by:

  1. Supporting mission work (spreading the Good news of the Gospel)throughout the Diocese of London, both in inherited (parish) churches and in church plants and missional communities (as defined in the College of Bishops Policy Papers 2 and 5)
  2. Supporting The Diocese’s Mission to children and youth work
  3. Supporting The Diocese’s Mission to families
  4. Supporting projects in deprived areas of the Diocese (in the top 20- 25% of National IMD scores) in conjunction with and complementary to the joint Diocese of London/CUF Charity.
  5. Supporting the parishes’ involvement in the community
  6. Promoting community cohesion
  7. Helping parishes promote social enterprise in their communities

Process and Organisational Parameters:

  1. Retain a bidding process from parishes to the BLMF Board
  2. Introduce a mechanism to identify projects for parishes in need of mission support
  3. Find new sources of funding for the BLMF
  4. The BLMF will not usually support capital projects
  5. The BLMF will not usually support clergy stipends
  6. The BLMF can support Fresh Expressions and new ways of being “Church” in line with our policy on Church Planting
  7. BLMF Board members, appointed by Area Bishops, should serve for no more than two three-year terms, overlapping one another to ensure continuity. Area Bishops to reappoint one representative every three years
  8. BLMF Board can co-opt Diocesan Officers or those who have specialist knowledge
  9. BLMF Board should aim to meet five times a year, but not less than three times a year.
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