Our story

Our story

The roots of our work are in the work of Stewardship (previously UKET and East of England Evangelisation 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.  In 2012 we merged with the Midland Evangelisation Trust, taking on all their church properties.  We continue to grow, as many trustees of independent church properties are talking to us, to ensure their buildings are kept in Gospel use for the future.

Church Growth Trust is 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 God given Ministry with roots in the past and a vision for the future.

Church Growth Trust staff team in 2023

Original banner from Ladyfield Evangelical Church in Chippenham still displayed today with new artwork on church prayer wall