Hazel Grove Baptist church

The Mission Team at HGBC

At HGBC we want to be a church that reaches out around the world and supports as many people as possible from all cultures and all contexts. We are inspired by the words of Jesus himself when he gave us the Great Commision.

"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.... and surely I am with you always" Matthew 28:18-20

The Mission Team at HGBC is responsible for:

  • raising awareness within HGBC of Christian missionary work
  • encouraging the support of missionary activity in prayerful, practical and financial ways and,
  • challenging the congregation to be open to the call of God to go out into missionary work. 

HGBC firmly believes that the 'Mission Field' begins as we walk out of the door from church. For practical purposes, we have divided up the world into three areas: The Evangelism Team work to connect with the local community of Hazel Grove. The Home Mission Team partner with groups in the UK and finally the Overseas Mission cover any missional work outside of the UK.

Mission Team Leaders


Our well established Mission Team is headed up by Jamie and Debbie Erskine. Jamie and Debbie returned from the mission field in Gambia where they worked for sixteen years, as part of the WEC International team. Jamie served as the medical director over three clinics and Debbie as a Church worker and head of Sibanor Christian Pre-School. They have two daughters, Abigail and Lydia.

On their return to England we were delighted that they agreed to head the Mission Team and move us on in our vision to have mission at the heart of the church.

If you would like to contact Jamie and Debbie e: office@hgbc.org.uk  |  t: 0161 487 3708


Prayer is at the heart of the Mission Team. We meet regualry in small groups and at church meetings to pray for our partners around the world. In addition we:

  • Supporting our own Missionaries through communication, prayer and giving.
  • Inviting guest speakers from Mission organisations to speak in services and meetings
  • Organising special mission focused events and activities
  • Sharing the needs and work of Christians in other countries to the congregation through notice boards, emails, newsletters and presentations
  • Allocating the Mission Team budget to support overseas and home missions.

Organisations and individuals

As a church, we seek to support a selected group of missionary organisations and individuals. Our passion is to see the group organisations we support grow year on year. Praying, resourcing and celebrating all that God is doing throughout the world.

Find out more about the missionary societies we work with:   Home Mission             Overseas Mission

Our Vision to be a sending church

Over the years many individuals have gone out from HGBC to work around the world. Our vision is to see that increase whether through long term or short term mission.

In addition many of our congregation have personal links with smaller projects and individuals. These include child sponsorship, church planting and social action. We recognise their passion and do all we can to support and encourge them, through prayer, as they follow Gods leading.

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