As a trustee, you will supervise and maintain all property belonging to your congregation so that the ministries of the congregation can be effective. You will work closely with the church council to respond to God’s call.
The trustees together have several legal and administrative functions. They are to:
• oversee, maintain, and supervise all local church property (personal & real);
• report annually to the charge conference on the state of the church’s property, equipment, investments, and resources;
• receive and administer all gifts made to the congregation; make certain that all trust funds of the congregation are invested properly;
• ensure that the articles of incorporation of the congregation are kept up to date, if applicable;
• be responsible, in conjunction with the pastor, for all use of the church buildings and grounds;
• maintain adequate insurance coverage on all church property and develop appropriate risk management policies;
• submit to the committee on finance the annual budget requests for insurance, property maintenance and improvement, and new property purchases;
• be accountable to the charge conference and to the church council.
Much of the work of the trustees is governed by specific requirements of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church.
Length of Term
You were nominated by the committee on nominations and leadership development and elected by the charge conference to serve a term of up to three years (¶2526, the Discipline). In order to maintain continuity and experience, you and other trustees are divided into three classes (designated by year) with an equal number of trustees in each class. One class of trustees is elected each year. The charge conference can also fill vacancies that occur in any class.