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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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The 'Triple A' Series #4: How can churches develop a 'good attitude' to money?

By Stephen Mathews | 30 August 2018

Billy Graham once said that a person’s wallet was the truest statement of their theology. Even if only partially true, what churches say and do about money is always an important sign of what is valued.

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The 'Triple A' Series #3: What could happen if a church handles money poorly?

By Stephen Mathews | 30 August 2018

My role in Stewardship is an interesting, but sometimes, a sad one. I am involved with churches (leaders, trustees and treasurers), with regulators (HMRC and the Charity Commission) and sometimes with the media.

Why can this be sad?

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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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