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Reserves

By Alan Hough | 8 June 2020

Reserves tend to come in two forms.

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Increased risk of fraud and cyber crime

By Alan Hough | 6 June 2020

The Government has once again warned that fraudsters are exploiting the spread of COVID-19 in order to carry out fraud and cybercrime.

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Available financial assistance (other than the furlough scheme)

By Alan Hough | 3 June 2020

The Government has launched several loan schemes designed to finance entities through the difficulties caused by COVID-19.

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Managing your organisation’s finances - remembering that cash is king

By Alan Hough | 1 June 2020

Sharpen - cash is king

There is an old financial saying that “cash is king”. The reason being that if your church or organisation is going to run into financial difficulties, then a lack of cash (that is money held in readily accessible bank accounts) will almost certainly be the cause of it.

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Organisational and Workplace Culture

By Alan Hough | 24 March 2020

In a departure from its normal practice, a recent Charity Commission’s enquiry into Save the Children focused solely on matters of employment and workplace culture.

At its heart was the way that the charity dealt with allegations of sexual and other forms of harassment made against two members of its senior management.

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The role of policies in church life

By Alan Hough | 24 September 2019

 

We are not a business; we are a church! Don’t policies just sit on a shelf or stifle God’s work?! These are some of the comments that we come across when talking about policies and church governance. 

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Staff Pay: What Should You Pay Your Ministry Team?

By Alan Hough | 17 June 2019 | Comments (1)

The greatest asset that your church has is your ministry team. These are the folk at the cutting edge of much of what goes on in, and through, your church as they lead the church forward. Whilst we readily acknowledge their importance, do we honour them in thinking well about remuneration levels and in communicating well about matters of pay?

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Important Updates From The Charity Commission - June 2019

By Alan Hough | 17 June 2019

The Charity Commission have recently published two key updates, which churches and charities need to be aware of. Alan Hough unpacks the guidance. 

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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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