The second biennial International Accountability Summit of national organisations involved in setting standards of good governance, transparency and accountability took place in Melbourne in June.
64 delegates representing over 20 nations gathered under the theme “Partners in Accountability” with 4 aims in mind: (1) to strengthen relationships with local champions; (2) to share wisdom and resources; (3) to discuss challenges linked to financial transparency in church and ministry settings globally; and, (4) to pray for each other.
The CMA Standards Council was honoured to be the host of the Summit. The quality of delegates and of the discussion was outstanding, with each delegate making a unique contribution to the gathering. One of the delegates, Murray Baird, Assistant Commissioner and General Counsel of the ACNC, urged everyone to pursue transparency and accountability because: “Bad things happen in the dark. Sunlight is the best disinfectant”.
Dan Busby, the President of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability from the USA, concluded the Summit by saying “It is possible that God is allowing us to witness the dawning of the age of global accountability, transparency, and integrity for Christ-centred churches and ministries.”