Scraping Low or Aiming High

By Fiona Mearns | 17 October 2019

How much is enough?  Most Christian Workers raising support have at one time or another wrestled with that question.  At best it can lead to uncertainty and hesitation when speaking to potential supporters; at worst it can create a culture of ‘scraping by’, living on less than enough and convincing yourself that’s OK.  Not exactly the abundantly resourced mission that God called you to.

So where do you start when faced with the prospect of raising support?

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Stewardship joins with Kingdom Bank

By Daniel Jones | 1 October 2019 | Comments (1)

Kingdom Bank & Stewardship logos

Stewardship and Kingdom Bank are delighted to announce a partnership between two significant Christian institutions. Subject to approval from the financial regulators PRA and FCA, Stewardship, together with a group of Christian philanthropists, has agreed to acquire Kingdom Bank from its current owner, Assemblies of God Property Trust (AOGPT).

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Updates from the Charity Commission

By Stephen Mathews | 30 September 2019

 

The Charity Commission continues to publish inquiry reports where it has investigated weaknesses in charities. Here we highlight just two. The first deals with apparent failures in accountability and financial administration; the second has similar themes also incorporating significant payments in cash and payments made to trustees.

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The new-look Stewardship Individual Account: New features added

By Bethan Walker | 30 September 2019

We've added two new features to new-look Stewardship Individual Account which simplifies the way you can view your transactions over on the new platform. Based on the feedback we received from early users of the new-look Stewardship Individual Account, you now view and search an extensive list of your transactions as well as accessing a new chart which provides an alternate way to explore your data.

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Charities SORP governance review 2018/19

By Stephen Mathews | 25 September 2019

 

The Charity SORP has been with us for around 35 years, setting out the reporting requirements for charities that report on the accruals basis. In general, it applies to all charities that are structured as companies, all charities with gross income above £250,000 and any other charity that chooses or is required to follow accruals accounting.

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There may be trouble ahead!

By Kevin Russell | 25 September 2019 | Comments (3)

 

When Irving Berlin penned these lyrics, he wasn’t thinking about the burden about to be placed on all UK charity trustees. But the words are strangely appropriate to changes due in a little over 18 months’ time! 

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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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A question of pensions

By Jackie Fletcher | 23 September 2019

 

The most common theme of all the questions that we receive from our payroll clients here at Stewardship is that of workplace pension requirements. This area continues to be a major headache for employers as they seek to remain compliant and avoid penalties and costly errors.

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The refugee family who gave away everything

By Craig Borlase | 19 September 2019 | Comments (2)

 

 

As articles go, it was never going to be the most popular piece on the New York Times site that day. 

But the tale of a primary school kid’s victory at a chess tournament had something special about it.

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A Knit in Shining Armour

By Ruth Leigh | 16 September 2019

Support comes in many forms. Armed with a basket of rainbow-coloured wool and apparently bionic knitting needles, this is the story of a retired granny in West Yorkshire who’s touching the lives of young girls and their babies thousands of miles away in Kenya.

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