Trustee Role & Responsibilities
"So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, 'It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the Word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them.'”
- Acts 6:2-3
Trustees are to serve under the oversight of the elders, undertaking those areas of service necessary for the church’s functioning that would otherwise prohibit the elders and other leaders (Senior Pastor and staff) from performing their biblical responsibilities.
While there is actual equality between elders and trustees, and, in fact, all members of the body, for the purpose of order, Scripture indicates that elders, as overseers, are entrusted with the final authority within the local church. The primary responsibility of the trustees is to provide general oversight of the financial and physical plant affairs of the church. In conjunction with the elders and staff, trustees provide oversight to the design and implementation of the operational and financial plans. An important part of their role is the development of systems and reporting processes that ensure stewardship of church resources and maintain ongoing accountability. Trustees provide leadership and counsel in the areas of facilities, finance, human resources and legal issues. The trustee team prepares the annual budget of expenses for the church with the assistance of the staff and ministry directors, conducts long-range fiscal planning, suggests salary ranges, reviews staff salaries as recommended by Executive Pastor and approved by the elders, and provides for the care and maintenance of all properties owned by the church.
In as much as Scripture indicates that elders bear the ultimate responsibility for the watch care of the church, the elders shall determine further delineation of responsibilities between the trustees and elders. For the purposes of coordination and communication, the trustees shall meet periodically with the elders.