Church Documents and Records
Information every board member should be familiar with.

As a church board member, you should be familiar with and be able to identify a number of records, including the following:

Articles of Incorporation (or Charter)

If your church is incorporated, the document that you submitted to a court or to the secretary of state to become incorporated is generally referred to as the articles of incorporation. It is typically a short document that contains the church's name, address, period of duration, initial board of directors, and statement of purposes. When this document is recognized by the state, and the church's corporate status begins, the articles of incorporation is called the charter. There are a few things that church board members should know about their church charter.

First, it is the most authoritative legal document that the church has. In the event of a conflict between the charter and any other legal document, the charter generally will control.

Log In For Full Access

Interested in becoming a member? Learn more.

Posted: March 1, 2013
View All
from our store
2020 Church & Clergy Tax Guide

2020 Church & Clergy Tax Guide

Find comprehensive help understanding United States tax laws as they relate to pastors and churches.
Church Finance

Church Finance

Learn about budgeting, financial reporting, tax compliance, insurance coverage, and more.
Church Governance

Church Governance

What leaders must know to conduct legally sound church business.
Pastor, Church & Law, Fifth Edition

Pastor, Church & Law, Fifth Edition

Learn which local, state, and federal laws apply to religious organizations.

ChurchSalary

ChurchSalary

Let ChurchSalary do the work. Get personalized compensation reports for staff and pastors.