How your support has made a difference

Snapshots from our Impact Report for 2017-18

Transforming individuals, churches and schools

Our purpose at BRF is to help people understand what it means to follow Jesus and to help those who choose to do so. Working with individuals, churches and schools, we’re seeing lives and communities transformed through the Christian faith. In 2018–19 we’re building on some distinct successes of the previous financial year – which you can read about in our latest Impact Report.

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Nurturing faith in children and families

BRF’s newest programme, Parenting for Faith, launched with a range of practical resources, including the Parenting for Faith course. These help parents nurture their children’s faith, enabling them to develop their own personal relationship with God. They also provide churches with ways to support Christian parents in their communities.

Visit the Parenting for Faith website

It’s a brilliant course. I have been talking it up everywhere.

Parenting for Faith course participant


Parenting for Faith screen shot

Messy Church - making thousands of disciples worldwide

Now supporting thousands of churches across all denominations in at least 25 countries, Messy Church established new international partnerships and events, created new resources such as Messy Discipleship, and launched Messy Church Does Science.

Visit the Messy Church website

Messy Church

I overheard one parent say to another, when they didn’t know I was listening, 'It’s so great here; we all love coming.'

Messy Church leader

The Gift of Years - spiritual care for older people

The Gift of Years programme continued to grow from a tiny seed to a thriving network of people passionate about the pastoral care of older people. Twenty-two new Anna Chaplains were trained, the Anna Chaplaincy Handbook was launched and a number of local church initiatives committed in a significant way to establishing the ministry in their area.

Visit The Gift of Years website

I was challenged, encouraged and excited about what God is doing in and through Anna Chaplaincy. It is absolutely of God and so important.

Enquirer who shadowed Debbie Thrower, The Gift of Years team leader, for a day

The Gift of Years

Barnabas in Schools - bringing Christianity to life

The Barnabas in Schools team received great feedback to their new Barnabas RE Day, with support material, on three aspects of Creating Character. Thousands of primary school children enjoyed creative Barnabas RE Days bringing Christianity to life, and hundreds of teachers were trained to make teaching RE enjoyable and effective.

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The children were engaged the entire time, left the session talking about the values of Respect, Resilience and Responsibility, and wanted to go back (for more) after the break!

Teacher feedback on a Barnabas RE Day

Sharing skills to grow effective ministries


Our programme teams and other BRF staff trained over 3,500 people in a range of different contexts. Training included the first Certificate in Bible Engagement, led by BRF Commissioning Editor Mike Parsons, and the development of a Certificate in Ministry Among Older People, led by Debbie Thrower – both delivered through our partnership with Cliff College.

Stimulating, exciting, sensitive and interesting; everything I had hoped for and more.

Student on the Cliff College/BRF Certificate in Bible Engagement course

Certificate in Bible Engagement

Adventures in Christian discipleship for churches

We launched Holy Habits, a new discipleship resource for churches. Churches that have started on this journey, which embraces all aspects of church life, tell us how much it’s revitalising their congregations.

Holy Habits cover

To help people consider their own discipleship, you need a solid but accessible starting point. The 'Holy Habits' series does this very well, exploring how we can recognise Jesus in our lives, and play our part in building the kingdom of God.

Simon Peters, Walking the Way Project Manager, United Reformed Church

BRF’s purpose is to enable people to understand what it means to follow Jesus and to help those who choose to do so.

Resourcing individuals, churches and schools

Collectively, BRF and its programmes counted:

  • over 780,000 visits to our websites 
  • sales of almost  226,000 copies of our publications
  • over 42,000 downloads of free resources from our websites

In addition:

  • almost 28,000 people received our BRF and programme enewsletters
  • almost 20,000 followed our social media channels 
  • almost 11,000 came to events at which BRF staff were speakers 
  • over 3,500 attended training events led by our staff.

Thank you for the part you have played in supporting BRF’s work: for your generous giving to enable the development of our creative programmes and resources; for getting involved in working with us during the year; and, most importantly, for your prayers that underpin everything we do.

Canon Richard Fisher, Chief Executive, BRF

Richard Fisher

Finance matters

BRF Income 2017-18
BRF Expenditure 2017-18

For a detailed breakdown of income and expenditure in 2017-18, visit our funding page.

Download a pdf of our illustrated Impact Report for 2017-18.

Download our Financial Statements for 2017-18.

Your support and prayers are so appreciated. It is a privilege to see the impact of all that BRF offers. Thank you.
Jane Butcher, Barnabas in Schools Team Leader

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