The Blue Planet Effect

By Craig Borlase | 20 June 2018

My wife is a good global citizen. She’s compassionate and well informed, makes sacrifices to her bank balance in the pursuit of justice, and is always in it for the long haul. In short, Emma’s exactly the kind of supporter that charities want.

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Why I Only Buy Second-Hand Clothes

By Sarah-Jane Miller | 18 June 2018 | Comments (4)

I was sat in church about two years ago listening to a sermon about modern slavery. We were invited to think about each garment of clothing that we were wearing and ask the questions; where did it come from, who made it, what was life like for the overseas garment worker?

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The 'Triple A' Series #2: What is the 'Triple A' in a church context and why is it biblical?

By Stephen Mathews | 11 June 2018

A blog from Stewardship: What is a Triple “A” rating in a church context and why is it biblical?

Alphabetical ratings have long been used in the financial sector to assess the strength of investments. AAA (better known as 'Triple A') is the highest possible rating indicating financial strength. At Stewardship, we have taken the concept of the 'Triple A' rating and applied it to churches. Here it is not a measure of financial strength but is shorthand for three attributes important for churches and church leaders to live by when it comes to handling money.

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The 'Triple A' Series #1: Why is the way the church handles money important?

By Stephen Mathews | 11 June 2018

The Triple A Series: a blog from Stewardship

Money, sex and power. Three of the most significant and enduring dangers facing churches, church leaders and Christians. Jesus spoke extensively on all three topics with many of the New Testament letters addressing unhealthy situations caused by them. Still today, modern media feasts on churches where scandals and failures arise in these areas or where Christians seem to fall below the high standards of the gospel.

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Managing the risks of making payments overseas

By Alan Hough | 11 June 2018

Risk is part and parcel of everyday life. The book of Acts shows the early church prepared to take risks as they embarked on the adventure which God placed before them. When driving in the dark, we don’t stop driving but we do turn on our lights to see better what is ahead; in the same way, taking risks does not mean that we just go on haphazardly or recklessly.  Before being accepted, risks need to be properly assessed and managed within the overall context of the role of trustee.

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Prevention is better than cure: Charity fraud and cyber security

By Alan Hough | 11 June 2018

“For most charities it is now a question of when, not if, they are targeted”. These are the sobering words of the Charity Commission speaking of fraud in their recent publication “Tackling Charity Fraud”.  Fraud is already thought to cost the charity sector around £2.3bn per year and although thankfully, fraud is still rare in churches, it is not unheard of and at Stewardship we have come across too many for trustees to become complacent.

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Mission: the push and the pull back

By Fiona Mearns | 29 March 2018 | Comments (1)

What was it that motivated you to go into mission in the first place?  How would you describe the ‘pull’?  Was it a lightbulb moment or perhaps a slowly growing sense of calling? 

During the many training days we’ve run over the last decade we’ve pretty much heard it all and could probably distil it down into this ‘Top 10’

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Safe and Sound: Stewardship's Deposit Account

By Ruth Leigh | 23 March 2018

 

Stewardship’s Deposit Account is a gift to churches and Christian charities, with no setup charges, monthly interest and plenty of flexibility.

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CEO Michael O'Neill to Depart from Stewardship to National Christian Foundation in the US

By Daniel Jones | 22 March 2018

After 9 years at Stewardship, the last 7 leading the charity, Michael O’Neill has decided to leave his role as Chief Executive this summer to pursue a role that allows him to return his family to his native United States.

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Should I give to Oxfam?

By Craig Borlase | 21 March 2018 | Comments (11)

7,094. That’s the number of direct debits that Oxfam reported cancelled in the wake of the Haiti scandal. Minnie Driver and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both removed their support from the charity, and for days on end politicians and the media lined up to air their public criticism.

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