Church Finance/Management

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Old master starts to pay for revival of Eigg church

A tiny island congregation has taken the first steps towards spending some of a £288,500 windfall from a historic painting that sold for a small fortune. The money from the sale of the 16th-century religious painting has been earmarked by Catholic authorities for refurbishing St Donan’s Church on Eigg. The church’s windfall came when the […]

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Residents may soon be receiving mobile calls via God

Ancient religion could be connecting with modern-day technology when a mobile phone mast is installed in a church spire. Mobile phone heavyweights O2 want to turn the 135-year-old spire at London Road Church in Edinburgh into a giant phone transmitter. They plan to hide the mast inside the very tip of the listed building, and […]

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Water charge campaign is best initiative

A campaign to save churches and charities from paying for water charges has been named the UK’s best public affairs initiative of 2008. Edinburgh-based reputation management firm Indigo created the “making waves over water charges” campaign for a range of church and charitable groups. It was set up to fight plans by the Scottish Parliament […]

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Churchgoers plan for a generous New Year

One third of churchgoers plan to defy the recession and give more to charity in 2009. In answer to a poll commissioned by the Church Times, only two per cent said that they expected to give less. The poll was conducted online by ComRes on 22 December. Answers were received from 458 Christians across the […]

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Churches recruit parishioners to act as spies

Churches are to launch “parish watch” schemes to clamp down on theft and vandalism that is costing them almost £2m a year. Priests and ministers are to enlist parishioners in helping to reduce thefts from church property, including copper piping and lead flashing from roofs. They want local people — including non-churchgoers — to volunteer […]

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By attacking Labour, the Bishops show moral cowardice

Church commissioners hold substantial investments with a hedge fund manager, writes Dominic Lawson. Not since the days of Margaret Thatcher has the Church of England attacked a Government with such sustained venom. Over the weekend a phalanx of Bishops preached variations on an identical theme. Following on from The Archbishop of Canterbury’s pre-Christmas attack on […]

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Church insurers link up with bouncers on church security

Church insurers Congregational have linked up with a firm of bouncers to offer churches advice on how to deal with troublesome visitors. With churches opening their doors to even more visitors over the Christmas and New Year period, the Bradford-based firm has called on Protex Security to help draw up the simple guidelines telling churches […]

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Megachurch pastor in business scandal

The pastor of the largest church in Europe has become embroiled in a financial dispute over $100 million invested in a failed business venture he had allegedly encouraged church members to invest in. Ukrainian charismatic pastor Sunday Adelaja, founder of the 30,000-member Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations in Kiev, is […]

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Church of Scotland joins National Landlords Association

The Church of Scotland has joined the National Landlords Association, the representative body for private-residential landlords in the United Kingdom, becoming its first ecclesiastical member. The general trustees of the Church of Scotland, currently housing 25 tenants, are responsible for all property-related matters for the Kirk including those properties within the private-rented sector. Tim Parker, […]

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Church sheds pink facade, red ink

Calvary Church [in Charlotte, North Carolina], known for years as the pink cathedral with a debt as big as its 10-story facade, is on the verge of paying off the $22.4 million bank loan that was front-page news in the late ’80s and early ’90s. The soaring local landmark on N.C. 51 in southeast Charlotte […]

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