The board of trustees supervises and maintains all property belonging to your congregation so that the ministries of the congregation can be effective. The committee is entrusted to see to the proper keeping of God’s house as a way to honor God and to facilitate the ministry of the local church.
The primary purpose of the church building and facilities is to enable the vision and ministry of the congregation. Good stewardship, common sense, and prudence dictate that the church, parsonage, facilities, property, equipment, furnishings, and other physical property be well maintained. A physical plant that is “well groomed” and attractive is much more welcoming, safe, and hospitable than one that shows signs of benign neglect. We honor God when we care for what has been entrusted to us…
Basic Tasks & Responsibilities:
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.
Trustees are 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, 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. At least one-third of the trustees shall be laywomen, one-third laymen, and two-thirds must be members of The United Methodist Church. A provision in the Book of Discipline allows for up to one-third of the trustees to be nonmembers of your church. There may be a person who is involved in your congregation, not yet a member, who would make a good trustee. The charge conference can also fill vacancies that occur in any class.
1. Do you see something that needs repair? If you have the talent to do the repair and would like to help contact Richard or Mary Myers or any of the church Trustees. If you don’t have the talent to repair it yourself, please fill out the work order form (found below or outside the church Administrative office window).
2. Are you a member of MUMC and would like to use the church facility or property for a personal (or committee) function? Please fill out and submit the forms (also found outside the Administrative office window) below.
It is imperative these forms are submitted to place you on the calendar. As our church family grows the facility and property use becomes busier and reservations more frequent. A $50 deposit is required which will be returned to you after the facility and/or property is returned in the shape it was before you used it.