Stewardship and Finance department
The General Treasurer's Department and the Stewardship Department merged to form the Stewardship and Finance Department on 1 June 2009, replacing the Stewardship and Finance Committee which was discharged by the General Assembly of 2009. The department is accountable to the Council of Assembly through its Finance Group.
The main responsibilities of the Stewardship and Finance Department are:
- Teaching and promoting Christian stewardship throughout the Church;
- Planning and delivery of stewardship programmes in congregations;
- Calculating the annual Ministries and Mission Contribution for each congregation and processing payments;
- Providing support, training and advice on financial and accounting matters to Congregational Treasurers;
- Providing management and financial accounting support for the Councils, Committees and Statutory Corporations;
- Providing banking arrangements and operating a central banking system for the Councils, Committees and Statutory Corporations;
- Receiving and discharging legacies and bequests on behalf of the Councils, Committees and Statutory Corporations;
- Making VAT returns and tax recoveries on behalf of the Councils, Committees and Statutory Corporations;
- Payroll processing for the Ministries Council, Central Services Committee and the Pension Schemes
The department also produces information and guidance for treasurers and congregations, which includes advice on preparation of accounts, and guidance for completion of OSCR returns.
Contact for more information
The senior staff based at the Church Offices in Edinburgh are:
- General Treasurer: Anne Macintosh
Stewardship consultants provide advice for congregations covering different parts of Scotland.