Churches are not exempt from GDPR!

By Stephen Mathews | 14 February 2018

What are you doing before May this year?

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Paying staff effectively: making the Shift

By Ruth Leigh | 7 February 2018

Shift Nation UK - Caleb Meakins

“If anyone could do a better job than Stewardship’s Payroll Bureau team, I’d like to meet them!”

When Andy Simmons needed help as trustee of Shift Nation, a newly established charity, he went straight to Stewardship’s Payroll Bureau team. “I’ve been involved with Shift for several years.” Andy says. “The founder, Caleb Meakins, wanted to find a way to encourage his generation to go deeper. Often, our twenties are defined by partying and socialising. Caleb and his friends wanted to see an inspired shift in that culture.”

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Missionaries: are you ready for a new year?

By Fiona Mearns | 23 January 2018

A new year – a new start.  New Year’s Resolutions are all very well but they tend not to last.  What we can be sure of is that we worship a God of new starts and of fresh beginnings so now might be the time to apply some fresh thinking to your ministry at the start of 2018.

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Uncertainty, instability and generosity?

By Barrie Thompson | 17 January 2018 | Comments (1)

 

I get paid a monthly salary.  Thank you, Stewardship!  I get paid every month, on a particular date of every month, and the funds go directly into my Bank account every month.  

It makes you wonder what it feels like when the processing of a salary payment depends on many other factors; when a salary payment isn’t a certainty, and most definitely not a regular occurrence.

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Enjoy your gift...

By Jennie Pollock | 15 January 2018 | Comments (4)

 

One of my Christmas presents arrived late this year. It was sent direct from a well-known online retailer and included a note with a generic message for packages sent as presents. Arriving as it did in those reflective days at the close of the year, it struck me as fantastic life advice to take into 2018. It was this: Enjoy your gift.

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GDPR - A heads up!

By Alan Hough | 9 January 2018

GDPR - A heads up! - a blog from Stewardship

General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR for short is currently one of those governance “flavours of the month” and with so many column inches, briefings, seminars and conferences devoted to it, we would be most surprised if you had not heard anything about it. The regulation is European in origin, but as it will be enacted into UK legislation, it will not in any way be influenced or changed by Brexit. GDPR is coming and takes effect from 25 May 2018.

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Budget simplifies Gift Aid Donor Benefit rules

By Stephen Mathews | 9 January 2018

Budget simplifies Gift Aid Donor Benefit rules

Donor benefit rules exist to limit the amount of benefit that a charity can give to a donor (or people connected to them) and still be able to claim Gift Aid on a donation. Generally benefits take the form of small gifts given by the charity in appreciation for the donation. As announced in the November 2017 budget, the rules around this are changing.

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Change again? The 2018 Annual Return

By Alan Hough | 9 January 2018

Seemingly in every aspect of charity governance, regulators are looking for greater professionalism and demanding more information. Following proposals by the Charity Commission towards the end of 2017 it appears that the charity annual return for 2018 (AR18) is no different.  The return, which will apply to charities with an accounting period starting on or after 1 January 2018, will build on the current return delving deeper into a number of areas.

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The Gift of Love - #AdventUnwrapped

By Jennie Pollock | 22 December 2017

 The greatest act of love in the nativity story was of course Christ choosing to leave his Father’s glory to come and live among us. But I think that Joseph runs him a pretty close second.

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The Gift of JOY - #AdventUnwrapped

By Jennie Pollock | 15 December 2017 | Comments (1)

I have often heard it said that ‘joy’ in the Christian sense doesn’t really mean joy as we normally understand it. We’re told it’s not so much happiness, as a sort of deep assurance that God is in control, and everything will eventually work out OK. While the motivation behind this message is probably a compassionate one, driven by the awareness that many of us experience great sorrow in our lives, it seems to me neither a hopeful nor a biblical one.

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