Church trustees are entrusted with maintaining the church’s property, either through their own efforts or by hiring others. Trustees are general members of the church and are expected to attend services and church events regularly. They are also required to work with others in the planning of these events.
Trustees have the authority to approve the payment of expenses and bills. Often large expenditures by a church are reviewed by a board of trustees. In that capacity, the church trustee evaluates the need for the expense and the amount of funds required. Trustees also make suggestions as to which institutions the church should entrust with funds. The trustee has the ability to make withdrawals and deposits when necessary.
Church trustees are often required to provide written financial statements to other church members, which detail where the money is being spent. The reports itemize expenses as well as funds that are received, and are often written in conjunction with the church treasurer. If a church should lose a pastor, the trustee usually appoints a search committee to find a replacement. Trustees often determine the pastor’s salary and terms.
The trustees’ job description and basic duties can vary from church to church and from denomination to denomination. The trustee works in conjunction with many others such as the pastor, deacons and board members, to see that the church is run efficiently.