A culture of Honour Harmony and mutual honouring are vital ingredients for a successful working relationship between elders and trustees. Where there is tension, or competitiveness for authority or recognition, there is discord, which does not honour God. I chaired the trust for the Church of Christ the King in Brighton for over 30 […]

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Nigel Ring on February 7th, 2018

  The primary roles of a trustee of a charity are legal and financial, specifically Safeguarding the charity by ensuring that the objects and purposes for which it exists are observed both inclusively and exclusively i.e. not operating outside the purposes for which it exists Ensuring good stewardship of finance Trustees are not governmental over […]

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Nigel Ring on January 31st, 2018

  As we consider the relationship between elders and trustees it is important to know what the distinctives are of these two bodies of people. God-commissioned First, elders must be those who are recognised as being commissioned by God. One day they will stand before the judgment seat of God and be asked to give […]

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Nigel Ring on January 25th, 2018

  I am now returning to another of the questions I have been asked to address. This one is the most common of all the questions I am asked. It relates to the relationship between church elders and trustees. It is a good question and one that is important to consider seriously as, sadly, I […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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