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Building unity ‘

1 April 2008 – 31 March 2009

The opportunity before us is to use this time of crisis to create a renewed shared vision – John Sentamu

IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE. Much of the Alliance’s activity in public policy takes place behind closed doors, building relationships with Government officials in Westminster, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and Brussels. More public events included November’s Temple Address by the Archbishop of York, Rt Rev John Sentamu.

Churches can make a great difference to their neighbourhoods – Hazel Blears

ADDRESSING THE CRUNCH. The Alliance’s Life Beyond Debt campaign is offering help for those facing financial difficulties due to the recession. At a special event in February, then-Communities Secretary Hazel Blears addressed church leaders and Christian debt experts. And the policy advisory group is reimagining the economy in light of Christian principles.

The church was a godsend. They came and gave us clothes and whatever we needed ’ – Phuoc Tan Diep

PUBLIC BENEFITS. An audit of the voluntary sector in Wales showed a value to the economy of £102m, with churches providing 97 per cent of volunteer hours from faith communities. Throughout the UK, the Alliance is working to unite evangelical churches, organisations and individuals to effectively transform society.

JUSTICE FOR ALL. Over the past year, the Alliance has spoken out for immigrants and refugees, help for suffering Zimbabweans, the reduction of poverty and other major issues. Constructive engagement with government is the primary focus along with grass roots action from churches and individuals.

The faith sector’s contribution to the benefit of society is not confined to the past – Julian Richards

The Evangelical Alliance’s objectives and activities all centre around a vision of “uniting to change society”. There are four key approaches: being a voice in the public square; mobilising evangelicals to engage in spiritual and social transformation; encouraging Christians to work alltogether; and servicing the strategic needs of Alliance members...


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This is one of the greatest public demonstrations of faith that this great city has ever seen – Gordon Brown

This has been an amazing journey for all of us – Lauren Tomlinson

ACTIVE CITIZENS. In July 2008, the Micah Challenge UK team facilitated a walk by 670 Anglican bishops attending the Lambeth Conference, who were joined by 1,500 faith leaders and diplomats to demand that governments hit targets to help the poor have better nutrition, education and health care.

I believe it’s very important to be part of the political arena – Patsy McKie

RESOURCING THE CHURCH. In addition to such initiatives as Don’t Be a Stranger, Square Mile, Life Beyond Debt and Slipstream, the Alliance’s communications team keeps in touch with members through publications and websites, highlighting programmes and events while sharing good news stories. The Alliance press office is helping churches run media hubs to share good news in their communities.

The things that unite us are far greater than the things we might have differences about – Steve Clifford

Financial review God continues to meet the needs of the Alliance through the prayers and donations of people, churches and organisations who are united in the mission to change society. Over the financial year, donations provided 84 per cent of the total income of £2,423,805. And nearly half (49%) of these donations were from individuals. Additional income came through tax claimed on Gift Aid declarations (9%), member churches (16%) and organisations (7%), charitable trusts (2%) and trading income (8%). In addition, a number of legacies were received. These funds were almost entirely spent on charitable activities (91%), with the remaining amount relating to publicity and fundraising. More than half of the total expenditure of £2,647,928 went to ministries for change, while another 35 per cent went to uniting and resourcing members. Just 3 per cent was spent on governance costs.

LOOKING AHEAD. The year 2009-10 started with the arrival of the Alliance’s new General Director Steve Clifford, and planned activities include: • the continuing promotion of unity • an emphasis on faith in the public square • further implementation of Square Mile resources, including Simplify • strengthening relationships with member churches • a focus on the 20-30 generation • growth of the Alliance’s web-based resources • continued Forum for Change activities • a major Micah Challenge campaign in 2010 • development of the 2011 Bible Fresh initiative.

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WORKING ALLTOGETHER. The Alliance-facilitated Forum for Change networks expertise in key disciplines, while Square Mile mobilises churches to reach local communities. The Alliance supported the nationwide Hope08 initiative and participated in major events such as the celebration in Belfast, attended by more than 30,000 people.

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COUNCIL MEMBERS: Robert Amess, David Banting, Fran Beckett, Carl Beech, Steve Blaber, Colin Bones, Lyndon Bowring, David Bruce, Jon Burns, Derek Burnside, Alistair Burt, John Butcher, Fiona Castle, Tim Cawston, Keith Civval, Graeme Clark, Kate Coleman, Louise Coningsby, Eldin Corsie, Tracy Cotterell, Derek Crookes, Paul Dicken, Elaine Duncan, John Dunnett, JonathanEdwards, Roger Forster, Rachel Gardner, Jean Gibson, Ram Gidoomal, Sheena Gillies, Ruth Gilson, John Glass, Richard Gough, Peter Grant, Sharon Hanson, Jenny Hill, Jennifer Hogg, Jane Holloway, Ann Holt, Nigel James, Rob James, David Jones, Nola Leach, Martin Lee, Tricia Marnham, Howard Marshall, Alex McIlhinney, Stephen McQuoid, Ken Morgan, John Mumford, Dermot O’Callaghan, Olu Ojedokun, Pedro Okoro, Jonathan Oleyede, Tani Omideyi, Siew Huat Ong, Norman Ord, Mike Pilavachi, Kenneth Prior, Lee Rayfield, Andy Reed, Julian Richards, Mark Russell, Keith Short, Carolyn Skinner, Arlene Small, Pat Storey, Chris Summerton, Neil Summerton, Mike Talbot, Jonathan Thornton, Derek Tidball, Paul Weaver, Paul Woolley. This is a summary of financial activities for the year ended 31 March 2009. Figures include unrestricted and restricted funds of the charity and the trading activities of EA Developments Ltd. They are taken from the full audited Annual Report & Financial Statements, which are available from the Evangelical Alliance, 186 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4BT.

Annual Review 2008-2009  

This annual review covers the period from April 2008 to March 2009. It’s been a privilege and a challenge to be here during this pivotal tim...

Annual Review 2008-2009  

This annual review covers the period from April 2008 to March 2009. It’s been a privilege and a challenge to be here during this pivotal tim...