About BCM UK
BCM is committed to reaching children with the good news of Jesus and serving churches, particularly in their own ministry to children, throughout the UK and worldwide. Bible Clubs, camps and training those who work with children are our main focus.
BCM started out in the USA in 1936 as the Bible Club Movement. As children’s ministries expanded to Christian camps, publishing Bible teaching materials, church planting and development, and a variety of other ministries, BCM modified its name to reflect its ever-widening focus, becoming Bible Centred Ministries. Over the years BCM spread into Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Today BCM International has more than 750 missionaries serving in over 50 countries around the world.
In the UK and Ireland BCM focuses on two core areas: Children & Youth Ministries and Teacher Training.
Children and Youth Ministry
The 4-14 Window is defined as the window of opportunity between the ages of four and fourteen when it is said that more than 85% of Christians make their decision to follow Christ. BCM UK & Ireland have made this strategic 4-14 window the central focus of its ministry. We are also expanding our work with older teens, discipling and mentoring them in church and mission.
In 2012 our full-time workers and over 200 volunteers reached 4000 children through weekly Bible Clubs, school assemblies, and five-day Holiday Bible Clubs (“all the fun of camp but you sleep in your own bed”), and more than 750 children and teens attended our residential camps.
Raising up children’s ministry leaders for the local church is a key focus of ministry in every country where BCM works. BCM’s teacher training course In Step With The Master Teacher was developed to be practical and Bible-centred. This exciting teacher-training program is a useful tool for preparing and training voluntary teachers to disciple children as Jesus did: by modelling God’s truth, by building relationships, and by teaching for a response.
Our trainers will visit a church or group in any part of the UK and Ireland to provide tailor-made training. Churches can choose from 22 modules of biblical, integrated teacher-training sessions full of creative and practical ideas that can be used regardless of the location, size, or budget of any children’s ministry. In 2012, nearly 400 people took the ‘In Step with the Master Teacher’ training course thus improving the quality of Bible teaching which many children will receive.
BCM's Teacher Training is co-ordinated by Angeline White and Naomi Fox in the UK and Debbie Dancey and Sally McKee in Ireland. They should be able to arrange for someone to travel to where you are. Please contact us further information.
Go to our Training page for further details.
BCM workers come from a variety of backgrounds with many having ‘grown up’ through the organisation. It is our great desire to grow more leaders for the future.
It is important to note that BCM workers are not salaried or paid for their work with BCM; they have to raise their own financial support from individuals and churches to cover their expenses for their work and living costs. It is becoming increasingly challenging for our missionaries to raise sufficient support and this is something BCM is keen to address.
BCM UK has produced a 4 page booklet that can be used to introduce people, or re-introduce people, to the work of BCM. You can download a copy here. If you would like to receive some professionally printed copies - please don't give out copies you've printed yourself - please email David White firstname.lastname@example.org with how many copies you require and some will be put in the post.