When are you required to received District Advisory Board/Board of Church Properties Committee approval?


When you propose to

     * BUY  land or a building

     * SELL land or a building

     * LEASE land or a building

     * BUILD a building

     * Undergo a major/structural REMODEL

     * Seek a MORTGAGE or REFINANCE  (unless the refinancing does not increase the debt of the church and does not further encumber the real estate of the church.  


104.  Restrictions.  The local church may not purchase or lease real estate, nor sell, mortgage, refinance with accrual of additional debt, exchange, or in any other way encumber real property, or otherwise dispose of real estate unless approved by a two-thirds vote of the members present at an annual meeting, or at a special meeting properly called.  If a church is refinancing an existing debt, and the refinancing an existing debt, and the refinancing arrangement does not increase the debt of the church an does not further encumber the real estate of the church, approval for the refinancing may be granted by a two-thirds vote of the board, without the need to take a congregational vote on the matter.  The church board may approve by two-thirds vote of its members present and voting, the disposition of properties donated for the specific purpose of providing funds for the local church.   All items above require the written approval of the district superintendent and the District Church Properties Board.  (113.3-113.4, 113.7-113.8, 237.3-237.4)




Who should you contact when you are considering doing any of these things?


   * Consult with the District Superintendent. You will need his approval to proceed.

   * Work with the Chairman of the Church Properties Committee of the DAB; the District office will

      serve as the liaison.


What other approvals need to be in place before final permission is granted?


A two-thirds vote of the membership of the church in a duly called annual or special meeting of the membership (except some refinances - see Manual 104)


103. Property.  The local church may not purchase or lease real estate, nor sell, mortgage, refinance, exchange, or in any other way encumber real property or otherwise dispose of real estate unless approved by a two-thirds vote of the members present at an annual meeting, or at a special meeting duly called. 


What is the procedure to follow when working with the Church Properties Committee?



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