The Bible Churchmen's Missionary Society (BCMS) was born out of the Church Missionary Society (CMS) in 1922, its founders wanting to show their belief in the complete trustworthiness and authority of the Bible. Evangelical Anglican in flavour, its headquarters were situated at 14 Victoria Street, London SW1 until 1940, when the premises were destroyed by a bomb.
Work began among the Inuit people of Canada and in 1923 spread to India, then China and Burma. In 1929 that the first BCMS missionaries went to Africa. Soon the BCMS had 116 British missionaries, with 38 more in training. It employed 87 indigenous workers and 11 staff in Britain.
From the beginning was the belief that sound theology is the foundation of effective mission. In 1925 BCMS started the Bible Missionary Training College in Bristol with 14 students. It was recognised in 1927 as a Church of England Theological College. Women were taken in for training and in 1972 the college merged with Clifton Theological College to become Trinity College.
In the early 1930s the BCMS had taken on a Foundling Home in Broadwood Road of some 35 girls who had been brought from Nanning in the Guangxi Province of China by Dr and Mrs Lechmere Clift. The home was run by Miss Elizabeth Lucas with the assistance of Barbara Lomas, Grace James and Mildred Dibden. In 1932 the Home moved from Happy Valley to The White House, Taipo, and in 1933 Miss Lucas retired leaving Miss Dibden in charge. The BCMS had some 10 missionaries in Hong Kong at this time. Following a near-fatal bout of malaria, Miss Dibden left the BCMS to start up her own work taking in Hong Kong foundlings. She had sought backing from the BCMS but support was not forthcoming either from the BCMS or other missionary societies as their emphasis was on evangelism and spreading the gospel to new places rather than charitable works.
In 1992 the BCMS had a name change and became Crosslinks, recognising that mission is no longer ‘the west to the rest’ but ‘everywhere to everywhere’. The name also helps to make possible work in some of the 60 or so countries where "Bible", "Church" and "Missionary" are not acceptable.