Status of local churches
Identifying the issue
Finance is seldom absent from the local church agenda. As stewards of important community assets, church councils have to exercise great care. Costs are continually rising while income fails to keep up - a scenario shared by many organisations, not just churches.
On the other hand, we are told in scripture not to worry. God does not want us to be careless, but we should not be so preoccupied with money matters that we take our eye off the ball when it comes to wider aspects of mission.
A church that is seen ‘always to be asking for money’ will not be a good witness to the loving providence of God.
We encourage local churches to make contact to see if there's anything we can do to help with local church finance. See the 'speak to somebody' section on this page.
The following pages help to explain how finance works at the local level.
Sources of local church income - click here
Costs faced by local churches - click here
More detail on how finance works at a local, regional and national level in the Church of England - click here
Diocesan Training in day to day book-keeping, stewardship and governance
Simple template for daily/weekly/monthly book-keeping for download
We suggest that you download the file and save it to a convenient folder on your PC. Then open the file and save it again this time with a new name such as “<Your church name> accounting 2018”.
Annual Reporting templates
The revised and updated Annual Reporting templates for 2017 are now available. Please be aware that the wording of the Trustees Annual Report is for example, only. How your church demonstrates that it was of public benefit and made a difference to beneficiaries’ lives is down to how you describe your own activities in your report. This year’s training seminars were well-attended and the training booklet is also above for download if required.
As always, if you need further assistance please contact John Kemp on 01273 425797 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Your PCC does not need to prepare accruals accounts if it’s income is below £250,000. Please select either Receipts and Payments OR Accruals template below.
We suggest that you read and apply the HOWTO to ensure that the Word and Excel files link to each other