Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation
Every church should have Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation. If you are an administrative leader in your church, do you know where to find a copy of your Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation? Last week a church called looking for models as they could not locate their Bylaws. This winter may be a good time to review your church legal documents.
The model documents for the US and Canada are available under Church Finance and Administration Resources under the heading of Church Organization and Administration and the subheading of Legal. These models should be used for review but ultimately, legal counsel should be involved in any rewriting of your Bylaws or Articles of Incorporation.
As we serve our churches, take the time to review your legal documents. In case there is an issue, you want to be sure that you have your legal papers in order. It may also be time to scan those old documents so you have a digital copy.
Of course we would prefer to talk about ministering to people and new ministry opportunities but there is probably a person in your leadership who has the gift of administration and is good with details who would be willing to take the time to thoroughly review your legal documents and compare them to these models.
Do you know where your Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation are located? Do you regularly review these every few years? What have you done at your church to be sure this happens?