Charities Commission Registration

A "How To" Guideline for Brethren Churches

Although the deadline for registration during the transitional period has now passed, it is not too late to register your church if you have not yet done so.  The Register remains open and you can register any time you like.

We at Stewards' Trust have done what we can to make it as easy as possible for you to attend to the registration of your church with the Charities Commission.

There is no overall registration, where one body completes registration for every church.  Rather, each church that wants to gain registration must register individually for themselves.

Here is a step by step process.

  • First, download and read an update letter prepared by David Burt.
  • Then download the Governance Statement and Schedule of Doctrines which David refers to.
  • Then download the standard Declaration of Trust document, which is again referred to in the letter.
  • Now go the web site of the Charities Commission, and download the various registration forms.  There is a form for the church, as well as a form for each officer of the church to complete.  Complete the registration forms, get them signed, attach the Governance Statement and Declaration of Trust documents and then post it all in to the Commission.

If you have questions about the registration process, or about anything you read in the documents above, please contact David Burt.

If your church has its own trust and you need some assistance with changing your trust deed, we recommend that you see your lawyer, or contact Gaze Burt.

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