The Trustees are Responsible for matters that deal with:
Matters that deal with: real estate
Loans and loan guarantees
Sale and rental of church property
Manse and church building inspections
Presbytery property and offices
Management of the Presbytery’s investments according to the Presbytery’s Investment Policy
Insurance and risk management
Legal issues pertaining to corporate issues and real property.
Developing and maintaining the Trustees Manual of Operations
The Trustees are commissioned by the Presbytery with the following responsibilities
Approve historic grant applications for churches seeking funds from the county in which the church is located for restoration of their property. The Trustees will review applications and ascertain the appropriateness of the use of the requested funds.
Approve emergency loans up to $10,000 to churches subject to availability of funds.
Approve the buying and selling of church property that does not involve structures, or parcels of land larger than two acres. The buying and selling of parcels of land greater than two acres may be approved by the Trustees if there is no change in the use of such land. The Trustees will review all documentation associated with such transactions prior to approval of the transaction.
Authorize the retaining of legal counsel for corporate matters. The cost of such legal counsel shall not exceed $5,000. Any fees above this amount shall require Presbytery approval.
Review all Presbytery insurance policies on an annual basis and approve reasonable changes to such policies .The Presbytery shall approve any change in insurance carriers.
Approve leases between a church and non-church organization for the use of the church’s property in accordance with the requirements of the Book of Order (G-4.0206b).
Lease Information and Policies
Lease Agreement for Use of Church Property Template – Newton Presbytery 2018 Lease agreement Template for use of Church Property - Newton Presbytery