Local Ecumenical Partnerships

Over 200 Baptist churches are currently involved in formal Local Ecumenical Partnerships (LEPs). Some participate in single congregation LEPs, while others share buildings, or are in close covenant partnership with other traditions as they serve and witness to the local community together.

We are also engaging in a new round of conversations with the Church of England, following on from earlier conversations which resulted in the publication of Pushing at the Boundaries of Unity, and the PBU Studies. This time the intention is to look at what it means to proclaim and witness to the Christian faith today from within our two different traditions.

We also offer support to and advice to those LEPs with an income over £100,000 which need to apply for Charity Registration. Working together with the other three denominations most often involved in Single Congregation LEPs, Model Governing Documents for Local Ecumenical Partnerships have been prepared. There is a suggested process for getting the documents agreed by all the denominations involved, and more details about this can be found on the Churches Together in England website. 'Union' churches are joint Baptist/URC churches which pre-date the arrangements for Local Ecumenical Partnerships. The need for charity registration applies to them as well, and separate documents have been prepared to facilitate this.

Contact Hilary Treavis for more information about being part of a Local Ecumenical Partnership.
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