Too soon to panic, says CA

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02 November 2006

THE CHURCH ARMY is tackling its £2-million shortfall, it said this week.

“We are not facing the problems that the Salvation Army is facing,” a spokesman said on Tuesday ( see story above).

On Wednesday, James Archer, the Church Army company secretary, said that it would be nice not to have a deficit. “But we are a very long way from panic.”

Last year’s income was £6.8 million; expenditure was £8.8 million. The deficit was covered by a revaluation of Church Army properties and investments. Nevertheless, most of its property was being used “for operational purposes and therefore not available for sale without repercussions for our work”.

Mr Archer said: “we can’t go on like this for ever, relying on a revaluation of these things.” There were, however, free reserves of £8.5 million, as well as property, restricted endowments, and £4.9 million for new initiatives. “But we want to get the £2-million deficit under control so we do not have to use up our reserves.”

One way was the evangelist-support scheme. “This is about individuals supporting individuals rather than relying on organisations supporting organisations,” he said. They were also looking at costs. “We are not sitting back and just hoping.”

“Our single focus is to remain on the front line of effective pioneering Christian outreach, working in partnership with others to ensure our work has maximum impact for the gospel,” say the chairman, Roy Totten, and the chief secretary, Philip Johanson, in their introduction.

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