Our Faith Basis

Our Christian Heritage

Spurgeons was founded in 1867 as an orphanage for “fatherless boys” by leading Baptist preacher and writer Charles Haddon Spurgeon and his associates. As a prominent Christian of his day, Spurgeon’s practical response to the Bible’s teaching was to provide orphaned and vulnerable children in London with shelter, education and the hope of a better future.

Our work with children, young people and families may look very different today, 150 years on. Yet our vision and mission for children continues to be inspired and guided by the Christian faith.

We are very proud of our Christian heritage and we still bear our founder’s name. By keeping Charles Spurgeon at the heart of our identity and mission, it reaffirms our commitment to continue the work he started.

Our Faith Basis

As a Christian children’s charity, our values are core to who we are and our faith is reflected in everything we do. Guided by our Christian faith, we work in partnership with others, building strong relationships within communities to improve the lives of children and families who are struggling to cope

Our Christian Values

As a Christian charity, our core values are important to us and we reflect them in everything we do. We expect all who work and volunteer for Spurgeons to identify with and exhibit our values of hope, inclusion and compassion. Each is rooted in God’s word and demonstrated in Jesus’s teaching and life.

Our Mission

Inspired by our Christian faith, our mission is to improve the lives of families and children who are struggling to cope and give every child the opportunity of a hope-filled life.

The faith that inspires this mission is derived from Jesus’ identity, teaching and mission. We follow His command to love our neighbour, look out for vulnerable people, and speak out for those marginalised. The Christian faith is not naive in understanding that we all fall short of the life Jesus modelled and taught. We all need support or help in meeting our physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Who we work with

The Christian faith is clear that every person is part of God’s creation and created in God’s image. We see, treat and work with every person, group and organisation through this lens, celebrating diversity and respecting their value and free will to choose their belief and worldview. That is why Spurgeons can be clear about our motivating faith and actively seek to work and employ those from all faiths, beliefs and backgrounds.

Who we support through our work

Since we were formed in 1867, our work has expanded to cover others who Jesus expressed concern for, including those in prisons, families struggling to cope with their difficulties, children and young people with heavy responsibilities, and those harmed or exploited.

We recognise and work in a way that respects the Bible’s teaching about the importance of relationships, families and communities, and to respond to God’s love and mercy through providing practical support and compassion.

How we work

The Bible teaches that we should do all our work as though we are serving God. That means Spurgeons will always aim to be professional in providing the best quality children’s services we can. It also means we work in a way that honours God’s character by being personal, relational, and empowering. We work in a way that respects partnership because God calls people into partnership; both a partnership with God and with one another.

Statement of Faith

The Christian faith shapes our work

As a Christian children’s charity, our values are core to who we are and our faith is reflected in everything we do. Guided by our Christian faith, we work in partnership with others, building strong relationships within communities to improve the lives of children and families who are struggling to cope.

We expect all of our Trustees, Chief Executive, Directors and those whose role contains an occupational requirement to hold and profess our faith.

Our faith statement is not an optional extra. It is at the heart of who we are. The faith set out in this statement has guided our development since 1867. It continues to inform and influence our strategy today and for the future. It is the yardstick by which we will measure Spurgeons’ integrity, faithfulness and success.

Our understanding of Christianity

The following description sets out our understanding of the Christian faith. Our Trustees, Chief Executive, Directors and members of staff with an occupational faith requirement must all hold and profess this faith.

We Believe

  • In God who lives eternally in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

  • In the Gospel as the good news of God’s intention for all of His Creation to be brought into a relationship with Him, through his Son, Jesus, who is revealed in the divinely inspired Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16). We recognise that by Scriptures we mean the Bible made up of Old and New Testaments.

  • In God the Father, who:

  • created and sustains all things (Colossians 1:17), and loves all people, who are created in God’s image, unconditionally (Genesis 1:27)

  • is just, and therefore grieves when any person is stripped of, or denied, the dignity their image-bearing implies (Exodus 3:7)
    desires us to be in relationship with Him and one another (John 3:16)

  • makes promises that have been or will be kept, including the promise to judge sin (Matthew 25: 31-46) and to restore all things in a new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21:4-5)

  • being truly human as well as divine, felt pain, alienation, and humiliation in the servanthood of making Himself nothing to reconcile man to God (Philippians 2:5-11)

  • lived a sinless life and taught what it meant to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbours as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39)

  • showed, through His mission on earth a particular concern for children as those who can sometimes be exploited, marginalised or disadvantaged (Luke 18:15-17)

  • through His death on the cross and bodily resurrection has defeated the power of sin and offers to everyone reconciliation with God (Romans 3: 21-26).

  • In the Lord Jesus Christ, who:

    • being truly human as well as divine, felt pain, alienation, and humiliation in the servanthood of making Himself nothing to reconcile man to God (Philippians 2:5-11)

    • lived a sinless life and taught what it meant to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbours as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39)

    • showed, through His mission on earth a particular concern for children as those who c
      Advancedan sometimes be exploited, marginalised or disadvantaged (Luke 18:15-17)

    • through His death on the cross and bodily resurrection has defeated the power of sin and offers to everyone reconciliation with God (Romans 3: 21-26).

  • In the Holy Spirit, creator and life-giver, who:

    • leads us to repentance, and continually transforms us to be more like Jesus in our actions, motivations and aspirations (1 Peter 1:2)

    • empowers us to live out our faith and demonstrate the difference it makes in showing mercy and grace, love and compassion, in seeking justice and transformation (Galatians 5:22-23)

    • works through the church, and the gifts it has been given to worship proclaim the gospel and bear witness through its actions (John 15:26).

Testimonial

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the windows which hope has opened.”

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Hopeful

We believe in the value and potential of every child.

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Inclusive

We recognise every person as a unique individual, deserving of respect.

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Compassionate

We won’t walk away, even when that means making tough choices.