ACAT is truly ecumenical, providing help and advice to all Christian churches and organisations without undermining the authority of any church. We aim to offer a coordinated approach endeavouring to bridge the perceived gap between the needs and understanding of ordinary treasurers and the complexity of legislation, by providing advice as well as access to professional expertise.
Training and support is offered in the form of a regularly updated handbook, regular newsletters, an advice line and training courses. Among the most popular of these is Being a Treasurer – The Basics, which covers almost everything church treasures need to get started. We also run courses on Independent Examination (IE) and Gift Aid, among others. These take place online and at various locations around the country throughout the year.
Details can be found on the training page .
Membership is open to anyone, from any denomination concerned with the accounts of a Christian church. The annual subscription is £22. For more information see enrolment section.
The Association of Church Accountants and Treasurers was formed in 1995 in the wake of the Charities Act 1992. In essence, this legislation required all charities to present accounts to a much higher standard and level of disclosure. With most churches having untutored bookkeepers, it quickly became apparent that training and support was sorely needed. We’ve been providing this support ever since.