Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland is registered as a company limited by guarantee without shareholders (registered in England and Wales, Company number 00654913). It is also a registered charity with both the Charity Commission in England and Wales (Charity number 311098), and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (charity number SC040008). GCI in the UK and Ireland is also a member organisation of the Evangelical Alliance (membership number 148680).
As part of this structure, the Board of Trustees oversees the governance of the Charity. The Trustees are legally responsible and accountable to the Charity Commission for the charitable status of Grace Communion International in the UK. This means adhering to all laws and statutory requirements. Trustees have to ensure that the charity is well and efficiently managed 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. To accomplish this, the Board of Trustees, in consultation with GCI’s denominational home office in Charlotte (USA), appoint a National Ministry Leader to handle the day to day management of the Charity. The Board regularly review the National Ministry Leader’s performance, and the Church’s financial accounts undergo an external audit each year. The Church also regularly uses external professional advisers in relation to the Church’s finances, investments, pension scheme, safeguarding and HR to ensure that the Church is meeting best practices in these fields.
A 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. This requires that new trustees are added to the board on a regular basis. Trustees of the charity are volunteers and are not paid for their services as a Trustees. Trustee are also expected the GCI Code of Ethics for elders (available as a pdf here), and acts in accordance with the Church’s statement of beliefs (available as a pdf here).
If you would like to find out more about becoming a Trustee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Objects of the Charity:
The Objects of the Charity are to advance the Christian Faith in accordance with the Statement of Beliefs, for the public benefit, and in particular (but without limitation);
1. to proclaim the Christian Faith across the UK and around the world for a witness to all nations by the spoken word, radio, television, recording, in print, by electronic media, by any and all legally acceptable means and personal evangelism;
2. to work for the salvation of souls and to raise up and organise local church congregations;
3. to minister to edify believers and to assemble people together in worship of Almighty God for mutual edification and Christian fellowship in Jesus Christ;
4. to ordain and grant credentials or licence to preach to such as the Charity believe to be called of God and qualified according to Holy Scripture as evangelists, ministers, elders or deacons;
5. to promote and provide for the advancement of education in the liberal arts and theology and to conduct, carry on and acquire in the UK colleges and seminaries for the education of people in these subjects and for the service and ministry of God and to offer appropriate courses of instruction; and
6. to carry out such other charitable purposes as shall, in the opinion of the Trustees, put into practice the Christian faith in accordance with the Statement of Beliefs, including but not limited to the prevention and relief of need, hardship and sickness, and the provision of facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances with the object of improving their conditions of life.
James Lambu (Chair)
Ray Walker (Vice Chair)