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KNOWLEDGE: The Above and Beyond conference

CHURCHES ARE being invited to attend Above and Beyond, a special conference by the Evangelical Alliance to help them connect with the latest thinking and leading experts on good governance, legal matters and charity regulations.

Above and Beyond, taking place on February 20, will help church leaders and heads of charity make sense of what’s required and provide them with the knowledge required to run their organisations with integrity.

The conference will cover a wide range of issues including general data protection regulations, which come into force in May, charity governance and the charity commission, employment and discrimination law, property issues, finance, the Equality Act and crisis communications.

Another issue that will be covered is safeguarding. Dr Tani Omideyi, chair of the Evangelical Alliance board commented: “We know that churches have not always been the best at dealing with abuse and we must help them do better. Compassionate care should be afforded to those who have experienced, or are vulnerable to, abuse.

“People in positions of power should be supported to be transparent and accountable. Healthy churches need the support of robust safeguarding language, legislation and training. The Evangelical Alliance is committed to encouraging churches to take safeguarding issues seriously, putting everything in place to ensure that Jesus can be made known throughout our communities.”

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