Help for Church Treasurers

Information and resources for church treasurers

ACAT

We commend the work of the Association of Church Accountants and Treasurers, a voluntary Association providing resources, training and other events for a wide range of churches.

See: www.acat.uk.com

Round Robin Requests

We would ask churches within the Association not to canvass other member churches for financial support without the specific agreement of the Association. Churches will already be in receipt of other calls on their finances from external organisations and we want to avoid adding to those requests.

If you have a need and consider that canvassing other churches would be appropriate please speak to your Regional Minister in the first instance.

GIFT AID

See: www.gov.uk/claim-gift-aid/gift-aid-declarations

PREACHING FEES

Our advice on ministry gifts and preaching fees, please click the button below to see them: Guidance on payment to visiting preachers.

CHARITY REPORTING & ACCOUNTING

All churches must prepare annual accounts, including an annual report in the format set out in the Charity Commission guidelines and regulations. These are public documents and must be available to anyone on request. For churches which are registered charities (usually those with an annual income over £100,000) an annual return to the Charity Commission is also required.

The Charity Commission website now provides templates and a spreadsheet for accounts. These are for receipts and payments accounts and so can be used for charities with turnover up to £250,000 – except those which are companies.

www.charitycommission.gov.uk/Publications/cc16.aspx

BAPTIST UNION OF GREAT BRITAIN/CORPORATION

Information on Legal matters, resources, buildings – Index to Guideline Leaflets

The Baptist Pension Scheme

Home Mission

Transform – information for all church leaders