Church Mission Society praises Charity Commission's backing for evangelistic work

All four religious charities in public benefit assessment exercise pass commission's test

The Church Mission Society has welcomed the Charity Commission's verdict that evangelistic work provides public benefit.

The society was among four religious charities that all passed the commission's public benefit assessment exercise.

The Rev Canon Tim Dakin, general secretary of CMS, said the verdict was good news for all churches and organisations engaged in evangelism.

"It is an encouragement to people concerned about the possible erosion of freedom for Christian witness in this country," he said.

"The assessment comes at a time when many good causes, including CMS, are facing funding challenges in the aftermath of the credit crunch. We hope this assessment will boost people's confidence to give to mission."

He also thanked the commission for giving the society a "courteous hearing".

The other three religious charities to pass the public benefit assessment were United Christian Broadcasters Limited, London Sri Murugan Temple and the Tara Mahayana Buddhist Centre.

The commission said it would be giving advice about conflicts of interest to the trustees of the Buddhist centre, because two of them live in it.

It added that the charity should advertise that discounts were available for its study courses.

The regulator also called on the London Sri Murugan Temple to complete a review of its governing document so that it reflected more accurately the charity's aims and practices.

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