How are Reps supported?
All our Representatives (Reps) are self-funded through faith. This means that they look to God to provide for their physical needs. In practice, most invite those whom they believe to be with them in heart to join them as partners through prayer and financial support.
Each of us as Reps is aware that this ministry could not continue without support from God’s people. We are deeply grateful for their participation in giving time, money and emotional support.
Some ask, “Why don’t the Navigators pay their people?”
There are two answers to this.
On the spiritual front, Jesus said to his disciples, “The worker is worth his keep” (Matthew 10:10). He told his disciples to go and that God would provide for them through those they ministered to, or through their partners in ministry. We continue with this principle.
On the practical front, the Navigators is a mission, not a trust fund. We don’t have money to support those who minister with us. What we do is act as a charity to collect funds and gift aid for our Reps. This is true from the Country Leader to Connect workers.
Many ask the question, “Why not be tent makers and through work fund your own ministry?”
There are those involved in the Navigator ministry who do this. There is an advantage in this approach of being with people where they are. The workplace can be an ideal environment to share life and so to share our life with God.
Others give their full time to ministry. This has other advantages. We find those who support themselves through secular work have less capacity for developing their ministry, and even less capacity for personal development in ministry. Without capacity for time with God and developing in leadership, ministry runs down on the inertia of previously developed ideas and techniques.
How is everything else funded?
The other costs of running the charity are –
- Central Services (the office, the work done to manage donations and work done to keep us legal with the Government). These are funded by a small monthly fee paid by the Reps. The reason the Reps pay for Central Services rather than going to the public is that the Reps value this service whereas for the most part, our supporters see office work as a distraction from the mission.
- Costs of Leadership, Development or Care for the mission. These are usually associated with travel and services and are funded through gifts sent to the Navigators that either do not specify an individual Rep or specify the General Fund.
Becoming a partner
In the Navigators, we try to emphasise a partnership between Reps and their supporters. We recognise the value of all in the ministry that God has entrusted to us. Some are able to give their full time to ministry, others are able to fund or to pray. As Paul wrote, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow” (1 Corinthians 3:6-7). The emphasis is on God’s work and looking to him for partners to develop it.
How to give?
I want to give regularly
Regular giving is by far the most valued form of financial support. Our outgoings tend to be regular and we need regular income to meet these needs.
There can be a fear in signing up to giving regularly that there will come a time when that commitment must end. However, the Navigators are people of faith and just as they are led by God into commitments and out of them, so they understand that those who support will be led in the same way.
Standing orders leave the control in the hands of the supporter, since it involves asking your bank to make regular payments to the organisation, rather than giving the organisation permission to take payments from your bank account (direct debits). You will be directed to a screen giving you the information you need to set up a standing order through your online banking or by post to your bank. You will also be asked to fill out a form so that your intended recipient can be linked to your gift.
For those who do want to give by direct debit, we use Stewardship, which handles the direct debits of a large number of charities. The Navigators does not process direct debits itself due to the extra costs in computer security and management that are required to keep supporters’ details safe.
You will be directed to a screen with a link to Stewardship’s login page, along with instructions on how to set up a direct debit through them. If you don’t have a Stewardship account, you can set one up here
Remember that only at the end of the process, when they ask for a message to the charity. can you give the name of the Rep or fund that you are looking to support.
If you would like to send money by cheque, then please make it payable to “The Navigators” and send to:
“The Navigators, Turner House, 54 The Avenue, Southampton, SO17 1XQ.”
Please include a cover letter that tells us the name of the person or fund you would like to support.
How to give?
I want to give a one-off gift
Many supporters would like to give to one-off projects. Whereas our costs are largely month by month and year by year, we have sought to separate out some costs into a project format so that they can be supported by one-off donations.
One-off projects (these can be supported for a specific year):
- Foundations For Ministry
- Matched Funding
The credit card link will direct you to Give.Net (Stewardship).
You will be directed to a link taking you to Stewardships login. If you don’t have a Stewardship account, you can set one up here
Remember that only at the end, when Stewardship asks for a message to the charity, can you give the name of the Rep or fund that you are looking to support.
We would like to invite you to be a part of the ministry’s future by leaving a gift to the Navigators UK in your will. This is a simple procedure whether you are updating an existing will through writing a codicil or making a new one. Including a gift to the Navigators UK is an investment that will bring hope to future generations.
A typical example of a clause leaving a legacy to the Navigators might read:
“I give ____% of my residuary estate OR I give the sum of £____ (pounds only) free of all taxes to the Navigators UK (registered charity no. 1099148 in England and Wales and no. SC038484 in Scotland) for its general purposes, and I declare that a receipt of an officer of the Navigators shall be sufficient discharge to my executors and trustees.”
Turner House, 54 The Avenue, Southampton, SO17 1XQ
023 8055 8800
England & Wales: 1099148
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