Legal and Operations (Including BUC)
Our main role is supporting local Baptist churches by offering guidance on various legal, property and charity issues and acting as Property Trustee for their buildings and property.
Our team has experience in law, banking, church administration and property. We produce Guideline leaflets
specifically written for local Baptist churches. They are never a substitute for formal legal advice, especially when there are serious problems. For an index that will help you find all our guidance, please use the links on the right. Other links will take you to pages about our most popular topics.
And if you need us – we are here to help. The best way to contact us is by email
Click on the links below for latest news and guidelines:
Update May 2019:
This includes information on the following - Charity Registration - ending of the excepting regulations in 2021 - National Churches Trust - information about grants for church maintenance - Empty properties and insurance.
Update April 2019:
This includes details of new guideline leaflets and information on the change of law relating to minimum efficiency standards in private rented property.
Update March 2019:
This includes information on issues relating to church car parks.
Update February 2019:
This includes information on the following - Church Minutes and Data Protection - Lightning Strikes - Preventing Insider Fraud.
Update January 2019:
This includes information on the following - Website Photographs and Copyright Issues - BUGB CIO Registration - Registered Charities - Check and Update your Charity Details - Charity Trading and Tax - BUGB Annual Returns.
Update December 2018:
This includes information on the following - Waste Collection and Charging for Churches - CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) Training.
Update November 2018:
This includes information on the following - Serious incident reporting - Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) training - BUGB Webinar - New Guideline Leaflet PC13 VAT and Church Buildings - Updated Guideline Leaflet L13 Data Protection - Charity Commission annual return service.
Update October 2018:
This includes information on the following - Charity Registration - ending of the excepting regulations - Automatic Disqualification Rules for Charity Trustees - new declaration form - Registered Charities - Charity Commission Annual Return - Baptist Union Loan Fund - Pension Loans - Upcoming Training Events.
Update June 2018:
This includes information on the following - New Charity Trustee Welcome Pack from the Charity Commission - Automatic Disqualification Rules for Charity Trustees - new declaration form - Data Protection (GDPR) - new legislation now applies - BUGB CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) - Churches Screening the World Cup - FIFA regulations - Asbestos in church buildings.
Update February 2018:
This includes information on the following - data protection and new GDPR - BUGB CIO Consultation now closed - new Conflicts of Interest guideline leaflet - automatic disqualification of charity trustees new rules - registered charities filing deadline reminder - Charity Commission News latest edition and Garfield Weston Anniversary Fund for capital projects.
Update October 2017
: This relates to new regulations for companies converting to the CIO structure.
Church Constitutions, CIOs and Charity Registration June 2017
- Please see this page for a brief reminder about church constitutions, CIOs and charity registration. This is information which all churches need to be aware of.
Update February 2017:
This includes information on the following - data protection - filing deadline for registered charities - Charity Commission new official warnings regime, new Baptist Together deposit accounts, deed scanning project - car insurance and volunteers.