The major responsibility of Baptist church trustees is to monitor the church’s finances. Trustees also serve as liaisons between congregation members and church authorities, representing and articulating the congregation’s concerns. When the church must elect members of a special committee or recruit new personnel, the board of trustees is often consulted first.
The trustee board’s financial responsibilities include ensuring that the church can accomplish its annual budgetary goals. Prior to entering into a contract or financial agreement, trustees are consulted, and they have the authority to negotiate church employee compensation. One or two trustees are frequently assigned the position of treasurer or accountant, and it is their responsibility to submit periodical financial reports on the church’s status.
Trustees of Baptist churches are responsible for the upkeep of church property and ministry. They assist in the development of new ministries and outreach activities, handle member feedback and concerns, and promote church fundraisers and new classes or programmes. Trustees are also responsible for the upkeep of church buildings and property. Frequently, they are responsible for opening and closing the church prior to and following significant events. Frequently, they supervise activities hosted by organisations renting the church.