Churches and charities play a vital role in our society; they exist and serve in a space which the public sector cannot reach, or is not their role. Charities are a crucial part of civil society, and we want to see the Government support and facilitate their work. 

Civil society includes a wide range of organisations, including churches, that are not part of the public sector or business world. Civil society institutions are distinct from state bodies and are often referred to as mediating institutions’ and are essential for a healthy society. We want to see healthy organisations serving the good of society, and this means working for excellent governance and leadership, with robust safeguarding systems. The Charity Commission operates to support charities, and we want to facilitate their work in allowing civil society to flourish.

In UK law, the advancement of religion’ is recognised as a charitable purpose. Therefore, a church’s charitable status is rooted in their core religious activity as well as the social benefit that they bring to their community. There has been, and likely will be, further pressure for charities not rely on their faith for charitable status, and this is something we will continue to argue against. The contribution of churches to the spiritual welfare of our country is vital and should be protected.

Therefore, the Evangelical Alliance speaks on behalf of our member churches and organisations, which are a vital part of civil society, representing them to government. We also seek to encourage our members to go above and beyond in following the relevant regulations and laws, and work to sustain a positive relationship between government and Christian civil society. 

Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” 1 Peter 2:12