Monthly Archives: March 2017

Service Performance Report – FREE ONLINE SEMINAR

Charities Services is kicking off its Lunchtime Webinar Series with an introduction to the Statement of Service Performance on 13 April 2017 at 12.00pm. IT IS FREE.

The Statement of Service Performance is a non-financial statement required under the new financial reporting standards and it’s important that you know how to use it well. In this webinar we will explain:

  • how to make the Statement of Service Performance work for your charity;
  • what outputs and outcomes are; and
  • how you can use the Statement of Service Performance to celebrate your charity’s successes.

What’s a webinar and how does it work?

A webinar is a seminar or presentation that is delivered online.

You can participate in these sessions from your computer or any mobile device (smart phone or tablet) and it’s free. You just need a reliable internet connection. We also recommend using the internet browser Google Chrome.

All webinars start at 12.00pm and run for approximately 1 hour, unless specified.

We will be talking for around 30 minutes and at the end of the presentation, we will answer some of your questions. The final webinar will be published on our website and can be viewed any time.

The details

Date: 13 April 2017

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Location: Anywhere with a reliable internet connection

Register here

 

How Many Bank Accounts do you Have?

We are aware, that historically Parishes, have setup new bank accounts for specific projects.  With the increased use of Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) internet banking and the Xero accounting software, we are encouraging Parishes to consolidate the number of bank accounts held.  The Connexional Office does not believe that Parishes require multiple bank accounts to administer their funds and it will make the Cash Flow Statements and Tier 4 Statement of Receipts and Payments a little less time consuming.

If funds are to be set aside for a specific purpose or project, we recommend the setting up of a Methodist Trust Association deposit rather than an individual or new bank account.  This ensures the Parish has the funds kept separate from the general Parish bank account and interest is earned on the deposit.

For Parishes who do not use BNZ internet banking (that the BNZ offers at no cost to the Parish), this facility allows you to make electronic payments, download bank transactions, print out bank statements if need be and check account balance information at any time.  The internet banking rules comply with the Methodist Church signatory requirements, which is two authorised people must authorise any payment from the bank account.  If you would like to utilise this facility, please contact Sarah Andrews (e-mail saraha@methodist.org.nz) for further information.  The BNZ will waive the usual monthly fee if the completed form is sent from the Connexional Office.

 

Church & Not-for-Profit Forum-9 May 2017-Lower Hutt Assembly of God

People in the Lower North Island may be interested in this Workshop.  Topics include:include:

  • Charities Commission
  • Responsibilties of Volunteers
  • Health & Safety in Employment Act
  • Protecting Church Buildings and Assets
  • Mission Travel Insurance
  • Clergy Allowance and Tax
  • Key Staff and Succession Planning
  • Armourbearer Insurance
  • XRB Accounting Standards
  • Christian Savings
  • Panel Discussion

Peter van Hout will be a speaker (XRB Accounting Standards).  He will remain in Wellington on the Tuesday evening and if there is enough interest he will be happy to arrange an evening meeting with Treasurers to discuss Xero and other financial reporting concerns.

The link to the above named Workshop is:  CLICK ME 

If you would like Peter to run a two or three hour workshop on Xero and Financial Reporting then e-mail him directly (peterv@methodist.org.nz) by the end of March please.