“Where there is no vision the people perish”

Proverbs 29:18 AV

“Write the vision plain… that he who runs may read it”

Habakkuk 2:2 AV


The vision of Downs Baptist Church is of a community existing to bring joyful worship and praise to the living God, to minister to the needs of his people, to be a demonstration of his kingdom rule and to see it extended in the area of Woodingdean.

It is a vision to see every man woman and child in our area repeatedly presented with the good news of Jesus Christ in relevant ways.

It is a vision of welcoming hundreds of new believers into the family of God over the next ten years, seeing them come into wholeness and healing and enabling them to become disciples of Jesus Christ and growing into Christian maturity through applying God’s Word in every day life.

It is a vision of a community bound together in fellowship and purpose through gatherings for prayer, corporate worship, preaching and Bible-based teaching, and a growing network of small groups, providing teaching, training and accountability.

It is a vision of a church family where every member is valued and encouraged to discover their unique gifts and ministries, and is trained or enabled to use them to their full potential.

It is a vision of a church for all ages, from the youngest to the oldest.

It is a vision of a church with a heart for mission, where every member is equipped to share their faith with others and is involved in ongoing support for mission, committed to releasing and supporting members in mission work throughout the world as the Lord leads.

It is a vision of a church home based in Woodingdean, but serving the wider area, providing a base for corporate worship, prayer, teaching, training and social provision.


In all areas of ministry we aim to work out God’s leading in practical ways together to fulfill our purpose which is to become an Acts 2:42-47 functioning community of believers –  “to be wholly devoted to God, sacrificially committed to each other and passionately concerned for the lost.”

This means that we aim to:

Worship God by living as His witnesses, to bring people to faith in Jesus Christ and to share in the well-being of His family, so that we all grow into wholeness in Him and are equipped to work out our faith in the community.


  • We base our life and faith on the Bible
  • We believe that every individual is valued and has a contribution to make
  • We seek a deeper personal relationship with God
  • Integrity, Generosity and Growth characterise our life together
  • Reaching out and sharing the love of Jesus in our community