The 'Triple A Series' #6: Developing financial administration - some key ingredients

By Alan Hough | 19 March 2019

 

The issue

 

In our churches administration can be like housework – only thought about when it is not done.

 

To St Paul it was much more than that. It was:

 

  • a ‘gift’ alongside those of apostles and prophets (1 Corinthians 12);
  • an action which honours the Lord (2 Corinthians 8);
  • respect for authorities (Romans 13).

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The 'Triple A Series' #5: Developing financial accountability - some key ingredients

By Alan Hough | 19 March 2019

 

The issue

 

St Paul considered financial accountability to be very important, as shown in 2 Corinthians chapter 8. Whilst still focused on mission he was very keen:

 

  • to avoid criticism about the handling of giving;
  • to be seen to do what is right in the eyes of man as well as God.

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Stewardship Mortgages: making the 'impossible' possible

By Debbie Wright | 18 March 2019

junction church

 

Kate Morris, Pastor of Junction Church in Inverness, is reminiscing. 'As I look back over the last seven years, I can’t quite believe that with God’s help, a congregation of 20 achieved the impossible. It’s mental!'

 

The impossible goal Kate’s talking about is the raising of £400,000 by the aforementioned 20 adults. Let’s go back to 2003 when she and her husband, Owen, moved to Inverness to launch the church.

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New feature added to the new-look Stewardship Giving Account: Viewing transactions

By Bethan Walker | 7 March 2019

The ability to view a list of your transactions is here!

Thanks to feedback received from participants of our Early Adopter Programme, development of the new feature was fast-tracked to provide the ability to view transactions much earlier than planned. If you have access to the new-look account, sign in now to take a look.

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Stewardship's Payroll Bureau Service: What's new?

By Bethan Walker | 28 February 2019

Our award-winning Payroll Bureau has been widely recognised for being one of the best of its kind in the UK. Over the next year, we will be adding a number of exciting new updates and features to our service.

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FAQ: Why should I give?

By David Flowers | 21 February 2019 | Comments (2)

 

This is going to seem a bit like mum saying “it’s for your own good” as she tips cod-liver oil down your throat - but one of the main reasons for being generous is that: giving is good for you! It may be good for the recipient too, but, believe it or not, you benefit most from being generous. You really do. Here is the main reason why: giving breaks the power of money.

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BT MyDonate to close in June

By Bethan Walker | 7 February 2019

Since the announcement was made last month, we've heard from many churches and Christian charities who will be impacted by the closure of BT MyDonate. If you currently rely on MyDonate, there is an alternative.

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The line between greed and generosity

By Jane Clamp | 30 January 2019

I confess I’m a bargain hunter, whatever the time of year. I can walk into a shop and find my feet tracking their way to the stickered items before I’ve consciously registered their existence. I’m like the Bisto kid of the reduced-item retail world – that is, until the January sales, which bring out a very different reaction in me.

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Missionaries are People Too

By Fiona Mearns | 22 January 2019

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 

1 Thessalonians 5: 11

 

If someone came to your home and cheerfully presented you with a bag of used tea bags as a gift, I suspect – like me – you’d be taken aback.  Whatever your view on the double-use teabag strategy, I doubt it would be your first thought as a gift when you popped round to a neighbour’s for coffee or turned up at someone’s birthday bash. 

The mission worker who’d been on the receiving end of this ‘unusual’ gift didn’t bat an eyelid.  "Was it all the person could afford?" I asked.  "Unlikely," they replied with a smile. 

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Improvements and fixes to the new-look Stewardship Giving Account

By Bethan Walker | 21 January 2019

We have released a number of improvements and fixes to the new-look Stewardship Giving Account (NLGA). This patch contained a number of bug fixes, security updates and feature enhancements.

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