We are God’s Stewards, entrusted by Him with time, opportunities, and abilities. We are called to manage God’s finances with Christian Ethics, transparency, and accountability.
The finance department of the Victorian Conference manages the finances of the Victorian Conference ensuring appropriate systems and accountability are in place to safeguard the financial resources which are used to support the mission of the church.
We strive to ensure that as stewards we are consistent with best practice principles in accounting.
We provide oversight, support, and training to our local church treasurers and strive to ensure accountability through internal audit and review of our local church financial reporting.
How We Manage Finances
In response to the grace and calling of God, the Seventh-day Adventist Church exists to fulfill the commission of Jesus by experiencing and sharing the good news of salvation. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, our church will be characterised by spirituality, teamwork, ministry, nurturing and accountability.
As Christians, we believe we are God’s stewards, entrusted with His resources and, as His partners, responsible to manage them in harmony with His guidelines and principles. The divine counsel is that, as His stewards, we are to “be found faithful” (1 Cor. 4:2 NKJV).
Stewardship concerns the entire Church family and involves our recognition of the sovereignty of God, His ownership of all things, and the bestowal of His grace upon our hearts. — Church Manual Ch.11 (Revisions).
Good stewardship of our limited financial resources is vitally important. It is dependent on neat and accurate accounting records, founded on consistent ‘best practice’ principles and rules.
In this department we care for the finances of the Victorian Conference and would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your financial contributions toward the work of our Church, as we endeavour to share the story of Christ and what He did for Mankind.
Malachi 3:10 NIV
Local Treasurer Resources
Explanation of Special Offerings
Each year a number of specific offerings appear on the schedule, and while they may sound familiar to you, we have here an explanation of what these offerings help achieve. Through supporting these offerings, you are contributing to the mission of our church, both locally and globally, and every contribution, great or small, is used productively to support this work of spreading the Gospel.
Proceeds from this offering go toward the supply and distribution of the South Pacific Record to local church members.
Adventist Youth Offering
These funds are returned to the South Pacific division for use in youth sponsored porgrams throughout the Division.
Adventist World Radio
This offering goes toward the suport of the work, world wide, of Adventist World Radio.
Christian Services for the Blind
These proceeds are used throughout the South Pacific Division in services for the Blind.
World Mission Budget – Interdivision Employee Program
This offering is allocated to the General Conference in support of the interdivision employee program, world wide.
Each year a Union Offering is collected and goes to a specified project.
ADRA Disaster and Famine Relief
These funds are used to provide clothing, food, medical and other relief supplies, shipping costs, personnel and other activities associated with emergency need, for victims of major disasters caused by such events as earthquakes, famines, cyclones, floods, fires, war and civil strife.
50% of this offering remains within the Victorian Conference, supporting the health work here, and the remaining 50% goes to the Division for its health work.
Pacific Adventist University Offering
Money collected from this offering goes to support the needs of this educational institution.
Pacific Island Advancement
This offering is used exclusively for the support of field ministers in the local missions of the Pacific Islands.
World Mission Budget – General
In suppport of the world church, these funds are allocated to the General Conference.
Adventist Media Evangelism
The proceeds of this offering are used in sup0port of the work of the Adventist Media Network.
Annual Sacrifice (Global Mission) Offering
These funds are used for the purpose of extending the missionary outreach of the Church into every part of the world, with special emphasis on the unreached territories of the world. This offering follows the Week of Prayer.
ADRA Annual Appeal Expense
The money collected from this offering is used for the promotion of the Annual ADRA Appeal and the supply of collection containers, sinage and safety vests. Contact our ADRA Coordinator, Rebecca Auriant, should you need any assistance with the promotion of the Appeal.
World Mission Budget – Unusual Opportunities
Utilised by the General Conference, this offering is used to enable opportunities that are not within the normal budget allocation.
This offering is used for capital expenditure in extending publishing, educational and medical work in the mission fields of our Division.
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