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Core Issues Trust


Charity no. 105095 Company no. 606015 Date registered. 08/09/2016

Public benefits

Core Issues Trust (CIT) exists for the advancement of education, consistent with the CIT Statement of Belief, for the purpose of empowering individuals and churches to make, and to promote, lifestyle-choices consistent with Christian living In working educatively, rather than to indoctrinate its values, the charity encourages the interrogation of

ideology, both religious and secular, through analysis and critique of diverse perspectives and readings of the literature relating to human sexuality and Christian living. In so doing, it fosters cross- and inter-cultural competence. Recipients of the charity's outputs have the potential to develop high-order cognitive skills such as inter-disciplinary models of inquiry and understanding. These in turn empower individuals and groups to discern the dangers of view-point discrimination. These are fundamental benefits essential for any democratic society These benefits are evidenced in the personal accounts (anecdotal evidence in writing or on film) of men and women, or those representing groups such as churches who find improved living and perspective adjustment in the context of aggressive secularism opposed to an orthodox Christian (or other mainstream religious) understandings of human sexuality. Unsolicited and solicited feedback will be reported annually along with engagement statistics. With state support of aggressive secularism in the UK increasing, there may be a high level of intolerance from those insisting on the right not to be offended. For example, viewpoints unable to support the right of individuals to reduce or end unwanted homosexual behaviours or to express in support of doing so, may offend some groups. Claims that initiatives supporting individuals choosing to leave homosexual practices for example, are always harmful, will be made. Diversity of view-point and tolerance is the bedrock of any democratic country. The right to hold to orthodox values including those relating to human sexuality is enshrined in the Equality Act (2010). The protection of those with values supporting values sacred to them outweighs the offence this will cause those some who oppose this. Core Issues Trust also exists for the advancement of the Christian Faith, consistent with the CIT Statement of Belief, by equipping the church to lead others to trust and serve Jesus Christ in the church and in in the world. In advancing the Christian Faith, educatively, the charity promotes tolerance and is respectful of other faith (and no-faith) groups who share similar practices around the Judaic sexual ethic, such as that recognising only natural marriage as defined by the union of one man with one woman. It teaches those who engage with its resources, who are not persuaded by the claims of values-neutrality of secularism, to disagree respectfully, and to steadfastly hold to the faith as expressed in the authority of the scriptures, intelligently after reasoned consideration of evidence. The benefits of the work of the charity in promoting tolerance, dialogue, and debate are evident in the proportion of participants who hold no- or other-faith positions, as distinct from the Christian basis of the charity's Christian objectives. The charity also actively ministers to individuals who are active in practices believed to be contrary to the Christian values enshrined in the organisation. Feedback obtained from those participating in the charity's outputs will attest to this fact. Disagreeing with the radical politicisation of sexuality and the sexual political agenda designed to counter the Judeo-Christian foundations of western civilisation, have existed since the great persecutions of Roman times. The charity's position will be considered harmful by those promoting the values of radical secular humanism. Core Issues Trust promotes tolerance, and co-existence with and between groups holding conflicting view-points. It supports the freedoms of conscience and self-determination and LGBTI dignity.

What your organisation does

Projects and initiatives associated with or commissioned by Core Issues trust, seek to realise both the advancement of education and the advancement of the Christian Faith through, but not limited to, the following activities: (1) providing educational and training resources, usually in public events advertised widely and open to any interested

member of the public, or when appropriate to target audiences with niche needs. In addition event outputs include summary information –giving materials both audio and visual in content; (2) training of counsellors, mentors through the provision of anonymised case-histories provided by participants (our clients) usually in limited-access, invitation-only events which appeal to specific interests relating to that portion of the population unhappy with unwanted sexual practices; (3) providing partnerships and support for individuals and local churches encouraging lifestyle choices consistent with Christian living. Usually bespoke contexts designed to support individuals needs to integrate with a church community. (4) giving support to individuals and Churches in respect of various issues one of which being relational, sexual and emotional brokenness ; (5) representing, by speaking out for the rights of individuals and groups through information giving and active interventions at Human Rights bodies concerned with the implementation of human rights conventions, such as the Organisation for Security and Co-Operation in Warsaw and Vienna, and the United Nations in Geneva; (6) Lobbying politicians in Westminster with materials designed to raise issues relevant to proposed legislation affecting the freedoms and conscience of Christians (and others) denied the right of self-determination; (7) engage in public forums, and with the media to promote the values and practices of Core Issues Trust to provide a representative voice on matters relating to the mutability of sexual feelings.

The charity’s classifications

  • The advancement of education
  • The advancement of religion

Who the charity helps

  • Addictions (drug/solvent/alcohol abuse)
  • Adult training
  • General public
  • Men
  • Parents
  • Sexual orientation
  • Women

How the charity works

  • Advice/advocacy/information
  • Counselling/support
  • Education/training
  • Gender
  • Human rights/equality
  • Religious activities

This display is a broad summary of the charity’s financial information. For a full understanding of the charity’s finances, the reader should view the PDF accounts and reports under the Documents tab above.





Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 December 2022

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 December 2021

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 December 2020

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charitable purposes

The Trust is established for charitable purposes only, specifically the advancement of education, and advancement of the Christian Faith. 2.2 Such purposes must be carried out exclusively in a manner that is beneficial to the public and is recognised by the law of Northern Ireland as being charitable.

Governing document

Memorandum and Articles

Other name

  • 4 Trustees
  • 0 Employees
  • 8 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • Dr Mike Davidson, 102 Kinedale Park, Ballynahinch, County Down, BT24 8YS

Trustee board

Dr Michael Robert Davidson
Rev Simon Anthony Gunning Wyatt
Mr Andrew Lennox Mcfarlane Obe
Canon Dr Christopher Michael Neville Sugden

List of regions

  • In Ireland
  • In Northern Ireland
  • In The Uk