New Heart Baptist Church: mini-charity review

Mini-charity review of New Heart Baptist Church (NH), an Associate member of Missions Interlink. (Including the answers to the questions that the Australian charity regulator, the ACNC, suggests that you ask.)

For the previous review, see here.

Are they responsive to feedback?[1]

  • I sent them a a draft of this review. Like last year, they…did not respond.

Is NH registered?

  • As a charity, yes. But in the name Rochedale Baptist Church, with the addition of t/as New Heart Baptist Church.
    • One can only presume that this is the old name of the church. (The current constitution, for New Heart Baptist Church, was written in 2014.)
  • The name they now use, New Heart Baptist Church, is not registered. (The registration is shown on ASIC’s register as ‘Cancelled’.)
  • The ABN registration is still in the old name.
  • NH is an unincorporated entity.

What do they do?

  • Per the Annual Information Statement 2016 (AIS 2016):
    • Conducted regular church services and other religious activities including acts of kindness and mercy in the community as part of those religious activities.
  • For more detail, see the main menu items on the website.

Does they share the Gospel?[2]

  • Yes

What impact are they having?

  • No information found.

What do they spend outside the costs directly incurred in delivering the above impact, that is, on administration?

  • As they are not required to lodge any financial information, even in the AIS (see below), and they have chosen not to lodge this information voluntarily nor publish anything on their website, we cannot make this calculation.

Do they pay their board members?

  • Such payments are not prohibited by the constitution.
  • There are no financial statements to check.

Can you get a tax deduction?

  • No

Is their online giving secure?

  • Online giving is not offered.

What choices do you have in how your donation is used?

  • None

Is their reporting up-to-date?

  • Yes (three and a half months after year end, two months earlier than last year).

Does their reporting comply with the regulator’s requirements?

  • AIS 2016: No
    • Their name is incorrect.
    • There are no outcomes.
  • Financial Report 2016: NA
    • Because they have a revenue of at least $25oK their size is Medium. Ordinarily this would mean that they have to lodge accounts (which have been at least reviewed). However, because they are a ‘basic religious charity’, they are exempt from reporting.
    • But their Associate membership of Missions Interlink requires them to “have available for [their] members and supporters a clear and appropriate financial statement which has been approved by its auditor.” So just ask.
    • They could have lodged this voluntarily, but they chose not to.

What financial situation was shown in that Report?

  • NA

What did the auditor say about the last financial statements?

  • If there is an audit report, it is not made public (or even offered).

If a charity, is their page on the ACNC Register complete?

  • Yes

Where were your (net) donations sent?

  • There are no financial statements to check.

Who are the people controlling the organisation?

To whom is NH accountable?

 

 

 

  1. I agree with Randy Alcorn [Money, Possessions, & Eternity, Tyndale, 2003] when he says that ‘Any Christian leaders who resist financial accountability make themselves suspect.’ [page 425]
  2. Good living and social concern are important [to the cause of evangelism], but they are not uniquely Christian graces…I’ve met a lot of fine Hindus, Muslims and atheists. Just living the life is not going to bring someone to Christ. There is much more to it than that. We must help people, certainly, but we must also share with them why we are motivated to do so. We must stand against injustice, poverty and need, but we must at the same time point to the One who brings justice and who can meet the deepest need. Until they know our reasons, how can they come to know our Lord?” [Dan Armstrong, the Fifth Gospel: The Gospel According to You, Anzea Books, pp. 13-14.
  3. For one opinion on the strength of that accountability, see the section Activities in this review.

If you have found a spelling error, please, notify us by selecting that text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *