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What is a Trustee of University UMC?

posted Mar 10, 2013, 7:21 PM by Uumc Topeka

This is what the Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation: Trustees 2009-2012 says:

“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..

The Trustees together have several legal and administrative functions. The are to: Oversee, maintain, and supervise all  local church property. This would include conducting an annual inspection and inventory of all church property.

¨ 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. Develop guidelines for receiving managing wills, trusts, bequests, and other investments given to the church.

¨ Ensure that the articles of incorporation of the congregation are kept up-to-date.

¨ 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 charge conference and to the church council.”


UUMC Trustees for 2013 are: Dean Trimble - Chair, Diana Whitney - Vice Chair,

Allen Kershner, Bob Smith, Dale Bearce, Dan Orndorff, Stan Harder, Thaine Hoffman and Mary Winans. Linda and Bob Reece are attached as Custodians of the church.


~ Mary Winans, Trustee member