2022 was certainly a year of change, disruption and uncertainty. So, even more than most years, the end of 2022 was a natural point to pause, reflect, and make plans. It is just as important for churches and charities, as it is for us as individuals.
Similarly, it’s easy for the trustees and leadership of churches and charities to become so busy with the day-to-day demands that they are never able to pause to take a detailed look at all of their responsibilities. An important first step, though is knowing which diagnostic questions to ask. A US politician was mocked for talking about the “unknown unknowns” – but sometimes we do need help to know what we don’t know!
In this time of uncertainty, trustees need to be even more aware of the risks their charities face – and what they’re doing to address them. Carrying on as if “nothing really ever changes for us” is not wise.
This is why Stewardship has developed a very useful tool which enables church and charity leaders to work through all of the key areas of a charity for which they are responsible, diagnosing where further discussion and possible remedial action may be necessary. This free tool has recently been relaunched and is available on their website: ( https://www.stewardship.org.uk/resource/financial-health-check-churches ) Developed to support growth in the key areas of Attitude, Accountability and Administration (our “AAA” rating), it looks at themes such as:
Why take the Financial Health Check for Churches?
It will help you:
Completing the Health Check will give you clarity and definitive steps forward, including:
This is even better than the good New Year’s resolutions you come up with yourself – because Stewardship does the hard work, and your curated church-healthy New Year’s resolutions are given to you! All you have to do is work through the structured questions to guide your thinking.
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