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Is the pastor a voting member of the board of trustees?

 

¶ 2525 of the 2016 Book of Discipline says, "...No pastor is a voting member of the board of trustees unless elected as a member."

Judicial Council Decision # 500 states, in part, "Discipline [¶¶ 2525 and 2526 in the 2016 Book of Discipline] give specific instructions as to membership on and election to a local church Board of Trustees. Since the pastor is not added to the Board of Trustees in the legislation defining membership we conclude that the pastor is not a voting member. As the church's administrative officer the pastor meets with the Board of Trustees but would be entitled to vote only if elected to the Board."