How do you encourage Christians to be active in mission and evangelism when their nearest neighbour is more than a mile away?

Christian charity Village Hope is working in rural parts of Great Britain, trying to help churches to answer that question. They are an evangelistic mission organisation seeking to support evangelists, church planters or local preachers in rural areas.

When Village Hope needed to employ a new Chief Executive in 2016, they needed support from legal professionals who wouldn’t just advise them well – but who understood their ministry.

Tim Shelley was at the time the Chair of Trustees and reported that the HR advice they received from experts at Edward Connor Solicitors was second to none.

“ECS very quickly put together some templates for a job description, a person specification and letters of appointment. They gave us some advice on advertising and the kind of words to use.

“I feel as if they are a company of solicitors who totally understand where we are coming from. We are a little bit quirky to be honest: we’re a small charity and we’re evangelical and I felt that they understood our history and where we’re going, and they spoke the same kind of language as well.”

The new Chief Executive at Village Hope has now been serving with the charity for over 5 years and Tim exclaimed that it had all worked out brilliantly. He added:

“We’re just delighted. You always feel you can go back to have a chat … and talk through the issues. Employment law is always changing and I feel we have got someone there who is supporting us into the future as well. We feel we have a team journeying with us.”

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