National Mission Work
Under the new financial policy of the Free Church, which starts in 2010, the Home Missions Board (HMB) is responsible for fundraising a proportion of its budget every year. The rest of the finance is provided by an allocation from the central funds of the denomination (which are donated by congregations for the payment of their ministers, the training of ministers, administration and so on).
However, it is obvious that, in addition to being responsible for the payment of ministers in congregations who provide for the full costs of Ministry, the HMB are also responsible for the payment of ministers in Church Extension (church plants) and Redevelopment congregations, as well as various other workers.
The HMB will be appealing to congregations and individuals to help fund these projects.
Cobham (Surrey): Rev. David Miller ministers in what was originally a church plant from the London congregation (now known as London City Presbyterian Church).
Dunfermline: Rev. Douglas Campbell is minister of this extension charge, which was a church plant from Kirkcaldy and is still linked with the work there.
St Andrews: The work in St. Andrews is under the Dundee Kirk Session and Rev. Alasdair I. MacLeod is the minister.
South Uist and Benbecula recently became vacant when Rev. Iain MacAskill accepted the call of the Rosskeen congregation to be their minister. The HMB is involved with the Western Isles Presbytery in seeking a new appointment for the work in this part of the Hebrides.
Harris: This is the only redevelopment congregation in the Western Isles. Rev. Ruaridh Maclean is the minister and is based in Leverburgh.
Badenoch: This charge covers the Aviemore to Newtonmore area with the Church in Kingussie. Rev. Richard MacDonald is the minister.
Elgin: Rev. Colin Morison’s ministry has recently been extended for another five years, under redevelopment.
Glen Urquhart and Fort Augustus: This charge covers a large section of the Great Glen. The churches are in Drumnadrochit and Fort Augustus. Rev. John A. M. Mackay is the minister.
Gairloch and Kinlochewe: The congregation is vacant at the moment, and the HMB and Skye and Wester Ross Presbytery are seeking a new appointment.
The HMB funds two workers who interact with people of an Asian background and engage in multicultural ministry.
Service to Overseas Students
Rev. Finlay H. MacKenzie is Free Church Chaplain at Glasgow, Strathclyde and Caledonian Universities and, together with his wife Christine, runs outreach work to international students in Glasgow.
Rev. Andrew Fraser serves the District Ministry charge of Assynt and Eddrachillis on the west coast of Sutherland.
James Morrison is the Church’s only Resident Lay Preacher, and serves the congregation of Lybster on the east coast of Caithness. He recently celebrated 25 years in the work.
The HMB helps to fund the work of Bryan Kee, the Pastoral Assistant in St. Peter’s, Dundee, who also has special responsibility for church planting work in the Montrose/St. Cyrus area.
In addition, the HMB oversees the work of the Evangelism Support Work-Party who can offer help with outreach to congregations.
The HMB is also responsible for organising volunteer work-parties to undertake building repairs to churches and manses, and for allocating grants to social responsibility projects.