WE ARE A PROJECT: Christians Abroad has been a project of 'Churches Together in Britain and Ireland' (registered charity no. 1113299) since November 2010. You can find more information about our new parent body at www.ctbi.org.uk.
WE HAVE A HISTORY: Prior to this date, and since 1970, Christians Abroad (Limited) had been a registered charity in its own right (no. 265867), and a company limited by guarantee (no. 1110421). At its strongest in the 1980s, Christians Abroad was an ecumenical agency funded by the Department for International Development, the Christian mission agencies CAFOD and Christian Aid, and many of the larger denominational mission agencies. It was an agency of the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. It recruited almost 30 people a year to work as teachers, doctors, nurses and other development workers, and managed projects on behalf of other agencies. In the 1990s, the enthusiasm for ecumenical work amongst the churches waned, largely because of internal pressures in these organisations. This resulted in a shift of their priorities away from funding ecumenical agencies. DfID's priorities and terms of reference also changed, which meant that Christians Abroad was no longer a necessary partner.
WORLD SERVICE ENQUIRY: In the 1980s Christians Abroad developed a service that became known as World Service Enquiry. This provided information, advice and counsel to people of any faith, or none, who wanted to work for international development or mission. It was a powerful tool providing much valued professional advice in our small global world, particularly in times of crisis. In July 2010, this became an independent agency which can be found at www.wse.org.uk
WHAT WE ARE TODAY: Today Christians Abroad still undertakes many of the same responsibilities on behalf of the churches and their mission agencies. It specialises in short term appointments for volunteers who wish to work alongside projects in the Christian community worldwide, and provides a wide range of services in support of individuals working for mission and development. These include insurance provision, and preparation and debriefing. Christians Abroad also undertakes management of work that the churches would prefer to manage ecumenically within its core concern of people, mission and development.
TELEPHONE: Contacting us by telephone is not the most efficient way of communicating, as we are not always at our desks. If you do wish to leave a message, use the telephone number provided and we will respond to you as soon as possible, normally within 48 hours. You may be fortunate and find one us at our desks!
The freephone number for all calls and messages is:
03000 121 201
E-MAIL: The best way of contacting us is by e-mail;
BY POST: for all matters related to recruitment and international partner relationships:
CTBI Christians Abroad (Recruitment)
14 Millbridge Road
BY POST: for all matters related to finance, support and consultancy:
CTBI Christians Abroad (Admin and Support)
22 Ebenezer Close,