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Charity structure and governance: an overview

Good effective churches and charities need good effective trustees as an essential part of a broad and diverse leadership team. 

Being a church or Christian charity trustee is a very important and hopefully rewarding role within the organisation that you serve. Good effective churches and charities need good effective trustees as an essential part of a broad and diverse leadership team. Romans 12 draws that familiar picture of the church as the “body of Christ”, urging each person to take their place for the benefit of all. Trustees are a valuable and indispensable part of that body.

This series of briefing papers explores different facets of the role of trustee. Whilst the papers are written primarily for churches in England and Wales that are regulated by the Charity Commission, the majority of the series can equally be applied to other Christian charities. If your organisation is based in either Scotland or Northern Ireland the broad principles are the same, but we would suggest that you refer to your own regulatory body when considering the more technical aspects or requirements.