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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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Three Measures of a Healthy Church - Introducing the 'Triple A'

By Stephen Mathews | 27 February 2018

At Stewardship, we want to see thriving and healthy churches all across the UK. We recognise our role is often seen as financial, and we take pride in that. However, we believe good financial stewardship is not simply about ticking boxes to please the regulators (although it’s important we do that), it’s also about transforming the culture of money within the church.

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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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Going concern: what is it and how churches can look out for the warning signs

By Stephen Mathews | 22 February 2017

Going concern: what is it and how churches can look out for the warning signs - A blog from Stewardship

Thankfully, history tells us that the financial collapse of churches is rare and that for most trustees, most of the time, a going concern assessment is fairly straightforward. However, two recent changes; the introduction of FRS102 Charity SORP for accruals accounts combined with the Charity Commission’s new Directions to independent examiners, have raised the profile of going concern for all charities!

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trustee requirement to consider going concern

By Stephen Mathews | 12 December 2014

Going concern is a fundamental assumption underpinning financial reporting.  When applied to charities, it means in general terms that the trustees expect the charity to continue operating as normal for the foreseeable future, able to meet its obligations as they fall due, and that they have no plans to close the charity or to significantly curtail its operations.

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church employees, expenses and HMRC

By Stephen Mathews | 29 August 2014

church employees, expenses and HMRC

"From time to time, our church employees incur expenditure in the course of their duties.  Do we really have to include this on the year end P11D?"

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closing a charity? read our guide first:

By Stephen Mathews | 27 August 2014

closing a charity?

"The charity that I am involved with appears to have run its course.  What should I consider as I set about closing it down?"

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blessing the family of God - that's OK - isn't it?

By Stephen Matthews | 18 March 2014 | Comments (2)

Blessing the family of God

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