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Governing Documents

All Baptist churches are charities and should all have a Governing Document. This is usually a Constitution, but some churches may call their document Church Rules. For those churches who have decided to form themselves into a limited company their Governing Document will be a Memorandum and Articles of Association.

The Governing Document will define the church as a religious charity, identify its charitable purposes and show how the church offers a public benefit.

Churches with an income over £100,000 need to register with the Charity Commission and at that time many review and update their Governing Document to ensure that it meets current needs and will be acceptable to the Charity Commission.

We have worked with the Charity Commission to produce an Approved Governing Document for churches that are unincorporated organisations to adopt, with precedents for churches who want to form a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) or Companies Limited by Guarantee. The Church Handbook is an optional extra and may be a way of presenting simplified information about how your church operates.

C02 Creating a New Church or Organisation
C03 Church Constitutions
C04 The Approved Governing Document
C05 Using the Approved Governing Document
C11 Churches, Charities and Incorporation
C12 Using the Charitable Incorporated Organisation Precedent Document
C14 Church Handbook (optional extra)

You can find leaflets on these topics through the links on this page, through the website search facility, or by clicking on the ‘Resources’ tab at the top of every page.
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