Trustee Board Manifesto

Trustee Board

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The Mandate

To ensure the charitable objectives of the church are met. The Trustee Board gives the final “okay” to the activities of the church.

The Short & Sweet

Trustees are integral to the function of Grassroots Church as a safe, deliberate, and healthy organization. They are entrusted with the task of ensuring that all activities align with Grassroots’ vision as well as legal obligations and safety standards.

Time

The level of time commitment will vary throughout the year, but in general, Trustees can expect a 2-8 hour monthly commitment. The time involved includes formal meetings as a Trustee Board as well as with the Leadership Team, and informal meetings to discuss pertinent issues as they arise. The Trustee Board positions are offered in 3-year terms and may be renewed to a maximum of 2 consecutive terms before a 1-year break is required.

Led by

Trustees are accountable to one another and cared for by the Leadership Team.

The Backdrop

As the church operates as a registered charity, we have an obligation to ensure that how we operate financially and interpersonally is congruent with guidelines outlined by the government. It is a Trustee’s responsibility to oversee these matters.

The role of a Trustee within the church is to provide:

  • Accountability to the government, in terms of legal matters
  • Protection of all members of the church
  • Discernment regarding allocation of church income, balancing expenses, and regulation of assets
  • Financial decision-making

Great confidence is placed in our Trustees, knowing that both the care for the people and the direction of Grassroots Church’s mission is in their best interest.

Trustee Responsibilities and Requirements

Trustees have a unique and tremendously valued role. They are to exercise wisdom, thoughtfulness, and intelligent discernment as they provide leadership in the safety, financial, and legal aspects of Grassroots Church’ functioning.

Responsibilities:

  • Must be knowledgeable about the duties of a Trustee Board member and understand how those duties are to be carried out
  • Receive and analyze reports from Ministry Team and Leadership Team board members, while also carrying out internal audits of the church’s activities to ensure the church’s charitable objectives are being followed and no laws are being broken. This includes ensuring that safety and liability are properly covered.
  • Attend regular meetings with the Trustee Board as well as general quarterly meetings with the leadership team
  • Communicate current financial information to the church in cooperation with the Leadership Team

Requirements:

  • Spiritually and emotionally mature
  • Upstanding character and reputation
  • Strength in making final call decisions
  • Maintain God-ordained priorities by putting Jesus Christ first before everything else
  • Consistent financial supporter
  • Committed to the vision and mission of Grassroots Church
  • Official Count Me In volunteer with a current police records check on file

Featured Scriptures

Exodus 18:21 (TNIV)
But select capable men from all the people–men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain–and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.

1 Timothy 3:1-5, 9 (TNIV)
Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.

1 Peter 5:2 (TNIV)
Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them–not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.