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
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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