Stewardship and Finance department
Who we are
Our team comprises qualified and part qualified accountants, experienced support staff and our stewardship consultants.
What we do
We provide advice to congregations and accounting services to the Church’s councils and committees and its statutory corporations - General Trustees, Investors Trust, Church of Scotland Trust – and to the Pension Trustees. Our main activities are:
- Teaching and promoting Christian stewardship throughout the Church
- Planning and delivering stewardship programmes in congregations
- Maintaining the Ministries and Mission requirement system and collecting contributions from congregations
- Providing training and advice on financial, governance and accounting matters to congregational treasurers
- Providing business support, management accounting and budgeting services to the councils, committees, statutory corporations and pension trustees
- Providing centralised banking, purchase ledger and sales ledger to the councils, committees, statutory corporations and pension trustees
- Payroll processing for the Ministries and World Mission councils, Central Services Committee and the pension schemes
- Preparing statutory annual accounts for the Unincorporated Councils and Committees, statutory corporations and pension schemes
- Processing staff, committee and ministers’ expenses and making grant payments in the UK and overseas
- Receiving and discharging legacies donations and trusts and recording and administering restricted funds
- Making VAT and other tax returns and tax recoveries for the councils, statutory corporations and pension trustees
- Maintaining financial controls to safeguard the Church’s financial assets.
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.
The senior staff based at the Church Offices in Edinburgh are:
- General Treasurer: Anne Macintosh - Tel: 0131 225 5722 (ext no: 2293)
- Deputy Treasurer (Congregational Finance): Archie McDowall - Tel: 0131 225 5722 (ext no: 2275)
- Deputy Treasurer (Unincorporated Councils and Committees): Bob Cowan - Tel: 0131 225 5722 (ext no: 2424)
- Congregational Finance: Lisa Erskine - Tel: 0131 225 5722 (ext no: 2421)
- General Trustees: Alex Semple – Tel: 0131 225 5722 (ext no: 2215)
- Ministries: Elaine MacAdie - Tel: 0131 225 5722 (ext no: 2267)
- Mission and Discipleship: Leanne Thompson -Tel: 0131 225 5722 (ext no: 2412)
- World Mission, Church and Society: Catriona Scrimgeour - Tel: 0131 225 5722 (ext no: 2314)
Secretary of Investors Trust: Tel: 0131 225 5722 (ext no: 2252)
Pensions Accountant: Simon Bree - Tel: 0131 225 5722 (ext no: 2350)
Stewardship Team Leader: David Lynch, National Stewardship Co-ordinator Tel: 0131 225 5722 (ext no: 2382)
Stewardship consultants provide advice for congregations covering different parts of Scotland.