In 2015, the Trustees and members of WEC made the decision to reorder our work in the UK, to fulfil our vision, mission and aims more effectively. This was not an easy decision, but we made it in faith together, and have since been united behind a new strategy.
The reordering process has been demanding, in terms of time, effort and resources. Over the last two years, WEC has been part of 35 property transactions – selling, buying and leasing. We have relocated our ministries and personnel to ten additional locations, including setting up a new HQ in Coventry. And most challenging of all, the reordering process has included selling our northern centre (Springhead Park House in Leeds) and Bulstrode, our HQ of nearly 50 years.
But however demanding it has been, WEC’s reordering has been necessary and rewarding. We have already seen fruit from ‘letting go’ of the familiar and embracing a new strategy – particularly in how our workers have connected with the communities in which they are now based – and we are confident that this new set-up will enable us to continue to grow in effectiveness.
‘However demanding it has been, WEC’s reordering has been necessary and rewarding.’Also, the sales of Bulstrode and Springhead Park House have released around £10m for us to invest in future ministry activity, in the UK and overseas. This is in addition to our gift and legacy income of approximately £3m per year, on which we will continue to rely for the support of our workers, around the world.
It is no small thing to reorder our work to this degree, and we are grateful for the hard work and dedication of the leaders and members of WEC UK who have committed themselves to this project. We are also grateful to all our friends and supporters who have encouraged us and prayed for us over the past two years. Thank you so much for standing with us.