The roots of our work are in the work of Stewardship (previously UKET and East of England Evangelization Trust), which was set up in 1906 with its original sole purpose to hold Brethren church properties. Giving Services is now the main ministry of Stewardship, along with a number of professional services, such as Accounts Examination and Payroll Bureau. In 2010 the trustees of Stewardship made the historic decision to separate the property and trusteeship services to a new charity that would be focussed on this property-related ministry. Church Growth Trust is this new charitable company, registered with Companies House and the Charity Commission. We also obtained from the Ministry of Justice our Trust Corporation status, so we can hold trusteeships of properties.
Although we have historic connections with Stewardship, we are an independent charity, set up as a charity for the purpose of holding church properties and with trust objects specifically designed to encourage church growth and church planting of independent evangelical churches in the UK. The trustees of Church Growth Trust have a clear vision, not only to hold Brethren and other independent church properties, but to see the resources held by the charity used for planting, growing, resourcing, connecting, inspiring, enabling and equipping independent evangelical churches.
This is a new work with roots in the past and a vision for the future.