We have now looked at two topics: how to make church life more accessible to those who are poor or in need so that they can ‘hear’ the gospel, and how to identify what particular ministry we should be carrying out in our church. In this interview Andy Cottingham considers some matters related to running the ministry. Form a […]

Continue reading about Leading a church to minister with the Poor pt 3. The structure of a ministry

Last time we saw how there can be an argument for having a separate charity for carrying out some ministries, particularly the social action ministries, but that this is not always necessary. Nevertheless, where it is advisable eg for fund raising purposes, safeguards should be in place to keep the ministry closely integrated with the […]

Continue reading about Charities and the Church pt 6. Good practice between associated charities

Nigel Ring on March 19th, 2015

In our considerations thus far I have primarily been considering charities under which a church operates. But are these suitable for specialist ministries such as Social Action? Is another charity necessary? Because ministry to those who are poor or in need is almost the definition of ‘charity’ many such ministries feel that a separate charity […]

Continue reading about Charities and the Church pt 5. Associated charities

As already stated, in creating a new charity there are three very important features to consider. 1. What are the objectives of the charity? 2. What is the geographical sphere in which the charity will operate? 3. Who should be the trustees? We dealt with the appointment of trustees in the last posting. What are […]

Continue reading about Charities and the Church pt 4. Objectives and Sphere of Operation

Nigel Ring on February 24th, 2015

Last time we saw the importance of having a good relationship between the elders of the church and the trustees of the charity under which it operates. When considering registering a charity – a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) is probably now the preferred option – there are three very important features to consider. 1. What […]

Continue reading about Charities and the Church pt 3. Appointing trustees

Nigel Ring on February 17th, 2015

A preliminary observation Since posting part 1 of this series I met with a staff member of a denominational church. That meeting reminded me that denominations often have their own legal frameworks, structures and terminology. The experience I have is based on independent, non-denominational churches and as such may vary in some respects from churches […]

Continue reading about Charities and the Church pt 2. The two-headed monster

Nigel Ring on February 10th, 2015

Introduction In the UK most churches have charitable status. Several also have associated charities, often to help facilitate a ministry to those who are poor or in need. Most other nations have a comparable charitable structure, although inevitably they differ in the detail. For well over 30 years I have worked within a charitable environment […]

Continue reading about Charities and the Church pt 1. What is a charity?

Nigel Ring on December 19th, 2012

This is the last post in this series and also the final one of 2012. So let me take the opportunity to wish you a very happy Christmas. I love this time of year when we celebrate Jesus’ birth and do hope there will be time for you to reflect on the amazing truth that […]

Continue reading about Do we need a ‘social’ charity? Pt 7 – Partnering

Trustees’ abilities and skills Last time we saw how, in choosing trustees, there needs to be a combination of spiritual maturity, unblemished character, and spiritual and natural gifting. In the area of natural gifting it is good to identify what would help. Perhaps people representing the following disciplines: Finance, Law, Building (e.g. surveyor), Social Work, […]

Continue reading about Do we need a ‘social’ charity? Pt 6 – Trustees and Oversight

Structure What sort of structure is appropriate within a church? How do elders and trustees relate? What level of ‘hands on’ management and direction over a particular ministry is appropriate by trustees? These are some of the questions that need to be addressed as you proceed with registering and managing a separate charity. Let’s look […]

Continue reading about Do we need a ‘social’ charity? Pt 5 – Working in the local church