If you have visited this page then you may well be interested in becoming a trustee of the Worldwide Church of God UK Ltd
Why do we need new trustees?Trustee's term of office is three years. Each trustee may serve for no more than three terms of office, nine years in total, before retiring for at least one year. In addition some trustees retire permanently. This requires that new trustees are added to the board on a regular basis. Also the introduction of new ideas to the board guarantees freshness to the outlook of the Board
What is a trustee?A Trustee serves on two Boards; The Worldwide Church of God UK Ltd. (charity number 311098) and Ambassador College (UK) Ltd. (charity number 281125), and will be held accountable in law, to both the Charity Commission and the Registrar of Companies
Since Ambassador College is presently inactive the following remarks apply in large part only to the Church
A trustee is legally responsible and accountable to the Charity Commission for the charitable status of the Worldwide Church of God in the UK. This means adhering to all laws and requirements embodied in the Charities Act 2006 and the Companies Act 2005. Trustees have to ensure that the charity is well and efficiently managed, is compliant with the requirements of the above Acts and that the aims and purposes of the charity are being pursued. In addition trustees are the guardians of the assets and the integrity of the charity
It is acceptable that the work involved in meeting the above requirements is delegated and to that end the Church employs a national Director and a Company Secretary, who report directly to the Board, as well as full time elders and office staff
Trustees are expected to abide by the Code of Ethics for Elders in the Church and the Statement of Beliefs
How much time does a trustee need to give?Four Board meetings are held annually as well as a Board retreat. Meetings are usually held on Sunday at the Church Office in Market Harborough and last for three to four hours. One Sunday per year may be set aside for a retreat which may take all day. Some degree of preparation time will need to be spent before each meeting
Am I paid to be a trustee?No, our Church is a charity and trustees volunteer their service
Is there a financial cost to me?The Church will pay any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses. Generally this means expenses incurred to travel to the Board Meeting and back again to your home
Must I be a Church member?
The Board will accept applications from any adult member of the Worldwide Church of God. The Board attempts to recruit a mix of skills and experiences
Must I attend services regularly
Yes, the Board would expect its trustees to be fully supportive of the Church and in good standing
Should I be in full-time employment?
Your employment status is not relevant as long as you are able attend Board meetings
Does my level of education matter?
No. The Board should be representative of the Church, made up of individuals with varying life, educational and job skills, able to share differing viewpoints with each other
Is there any other qualification required?No, all Board applicants will be considered on their individual merits and possible contribution to the Board as a whole. Current membership consists of academics, businessmen/women, mothers, part-time workers, retirees, and self-employed
What personal qualities is the Board looking for?The board is looking for applicants with commitment, responsibility and honesty and the ability to work as a team player. You must also have a positive vision for the 21st century Worldwide Church of God and be willing to assist in the aims of our Denominational Headquarters
Can I put forward my own opinions?The Board welcomes and encourages a diversity of viewpoints expressed through open and dynamic discussions. Outside of Board meetings, however, the Board speaks with one voice, which is the combined opinion of the Board. This is so even where it contradicts our own personal views on a particular subject. No trustee can make decisions or take action alone. It is not the role of the Board to determine doctrine
How will I learn all the important aspects of being a trustee?Previous Minutes and Board documents will provide a clear history of our current position. Several publications from the Charity Commission will be made available to explain further the role of trustees and trustees are regularly sponsored on training courses
Whom do I contact for more information or to apply to become a trustee?
Contact our Board Secretary, Gavin Henderson
Gracecom9 The PointRockingham RoadMarket HarboroughLE167QU