Church leadership Newsletter

No 14 July – September 2018


Hi everyone,

Welcome to this edition of the church leadership newsletter. There are a couple of important legislative changes that may affect your church, please see below for more information.

Also, at anytime, if you have any queries, please feel free to contact any member of the Operations team as we are here to support you in your role.

Heidi Tak – Operations Team Leader

Each issue we will introduce some of the newer Ministry Centre team members who are here to serve our Association of churches:

Adel Valerio

My real name is Adelfa but you can call me Adel for short. I was born and grew up in Philippines. My husband and I have 3 kids, aged 12, 9 and 5.

My family and I moved to Australia in 2011. Since then, we have stayed at Eastwood and been loving it. It’s convenient and accessible to church, schools and shopping areas (only to name a few!)

We feel safe too and kids enjoyed school as well.

We became members of Eastwood Baptist Church early 2013, but have been a regular attendee since we came.

My hobbies (whenever I have time!) includes baking and cooking for the family.

I praised and thank God for giving us the opportunity to be here. I have learned a lot and have grown maturely in all aspects such as mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

One of my favourite church songs is Trust and Obey because it applies to all of us in all situations.

Truly, it’s easier to say Trust and Obey when life is comfortable, but its more meaningful to Trust and Obey when you know have a Big God who looks after you and whom you can depend on even in the darkest moments of your life.

I praised Him for all His faithfulness to our lives and for bringing us to where we are today.

Templates and resources

Do to popular demand, we have prepared an updated version of the Guidelines for the Remuneration of Ministers. We would love your feedback and comments, please email these to Heidi Tak at

Reminder – Church Census 2017

Thank you to all churches who have handed in their church Census information for 2017. For those who have not yet done this, could you please email your completed census to If you have any queries, please contact Daniella Daniella at the same email address.

Discounted licences 2019 (CCLI and Big Movie)

It’s that time of year again! (License renewal time). Please complete and return payment and forms by 21 September 2018 to take advantage of the discounts available. Late applications cannot be accepted due to deadlines from our suppliers so get in quick. If you have any queries, please contact Adel Valerio on 9868 9214 or

Single Touch Payroll

What is Single Touch Payroll

Single Touch Payroll (STP) is a way for employers to report their employees’ tax and super information to the ATO through payroll software that is STP ready. This is mandatory for all organisations from 1 July 2018 with more than 20 employees. For organisations with 19 employees or less, reporting will be mandatory from 1 July 2019 subject to legislation being passed in parliament.

In practical terms, all of the information supplied will be available for review by the employee through their myGov account. This should mean the end of payslips and year end payment summaries as an employer.

What does this mean for my church?

For most churches, reporting will be mandatory on 1 July 2019 subject to legislation being passed in parliament. This means that your church may need payroll software that is STP compliant.

We are currently working on a possible solution to assist with STP compliance and other accounting services. Refer to the article below to register your interest.

For more information please visit the ATO website—for-employers/

Register your interest – accounting services

Is your church interested in affordable accounting services? Need help with book keeping, reporting, budgeting, financial compliance, payroll and more?

Register your interest by the end of August.

Changes to tax ruling on minister’s fringe benefits

Earlier this month, a new draft tax ruling was released (TR 2018/ D2) to supersede the old tax ruling on exempt fringe benefits for ministers of religion (TR 92/17). Main changes are:

Registration with the ACNC

To qualify, the benefit must be provided by a registered religious institution. This means that your church will need to be registered with the ACNC with a subtype of advancing religion to qualify for exempt benefits for your minister.


Paragraph 25 to 33 include great, easy to read examples of qualifying and non-qualifying scenarios for exempt benefits.

Don’t forget, that you still need to be providing a benefit to your minister who is employed by your church which needs to be registered religious institution in respect to pastoral or religious duties. For more information, please refer to the attached draft ruling.

If you have any queries, please contact Heidi Tak at


Have you seen the Risk Management Guide for Churches book produced by Baptist Insurance Services? This provides excellent information around managing risks, property protection, managing hazards and protecting and caring for our most valuable resource, people.

If you haven’t seen this resource and would like to receive a copy, please contact Tim Williams on 02 9868 9213.

One of the resources in this book is a WHS (Work Health Safety) Action Plan & Audit Tool. This is a great way to keep track of the WHS legislation requirements and needs of your church. Under this legislation, churches have a duty of care to workers (staff, volunteers, contractors, etc) and all people on their premises to make sure they do nothing to adversely affect their health and safety. Please find attached this WHS Action Plan & Audit Tool.

Also don’t forget the WHS Online Training that is available to everyone in your church free of charge on the Baptist Insurance Services website

Bookkeeper Position Vacant

The Baptist Association of NSW and ACT is seeking an experienced Senior Bookkeeper looking to manage a team providing online bookkeeping services to our churches. This is currently a part-time role (20 hours per week) with the opportunity to increase to a full-time role in the future. Click below to view advert.

Baptist Financial Services – Resourcing Christian Ministry

Do you have funds that do not require instant access?

You can invest them using the BFS Notice of Withdrawal Account.  It requires 31 days notice to withdrawn funds and offers an interest rate of 2.75%pa based on the daily balance of the account.

Start with what you have!

Funds can be lodged in a Notice of Withdrawal Account with no minimum investment amount. It easy to add further funds to the same account at any time and for any amount.  This this can be done by electronic transfer into the account at any time. An easy way to save.

BFS uses funds invested to resource and finance churches and other Christian ministry. Invest with Purpose and Invest with BFS.

If you have any questions or would like to open a BFS Notice of Withdrawal Account, please contact our NSW/ACT Relationship Manager, Wolfgang Ziegelmeir on 0407 915 090 or

BFS accounts are debenture products and not deposit products. Baptist Financial Services Australia Limited (BFS) ABN 56 002 861 789 AFSL 311062 is a Registered Charity and issuer of the debenture products. BFS is not prudentially supervised by APRA. Therefore, an investor in our products will not receive the benefit of the financial claims scheme or the depositor protection provisions in the Banking Act 1959. Investments in our products are intended to be a means for investors to support the charitable purposes of BFS. We are required by law to notify investors that our products are intended only to attract investors whose primary purpose is to support our charitable purposes, are not comparable to investments with banks, finance companies or fund managers, and investors may be unable to get some or all of their money back when they expect or at all. Persons should consider whether or not the debentures are appropriate for them.