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Approval Process for Purchasing Property

Legal - Approval Process for Purchasing Property

Prior to the purchase of a church property all appropriate approvals must be in place. These approvals are:

1. Congregations

1.1 Legislative Approval

1.1.1 Congregation shall hold a business meeting to discuss and vote on the purchase, the purchase price, and a loan if needed.

1.1.2  If the purchase is approved by the congregation a copy of the minutes shall be sent to the mission center officers for approval, and to Legal Services.

1.2 Administrative Approval

1.2.1 Letter of approval signed by the pastor and congregational financial officer stating they approve of the purchase shall be sent to the mission center officers and to Legal Services.

1.2.2 Letter of support from the mission center officers shall be sent to Legal Services.

1.2.3 Once the business meeting minutes and the above approvals have been received in Legal Services, Legal will request approval from the apostle and bishop over the area.

2. Emerging Congregations

2.1 Legislative Approval

2.1.1 Mission center conference shall be held to discuss and vote on the purchase of property for an emerging congregation.

2.1.2 If the purchase is approved by the conference, a copy of the minutes shall be sent to the mission center officers and Legal Services.

2.2 Administrative Approval

2.2.1 Letter of support from the mission center officers shall be sent to Legal Services.

2.1.4 Once the above approvals have been received in Legal Services along with the mission center conference minutes and mission center officers' approvals, then Legal will request approval from the apostle and bishop over the area.

3. Campgrounds

3.1 Legislative Approval

3.1.1   Refer to campground bylaws for the proper legislative approvals.

3.2 Administrative Approval

3.2.1 Letter of support from the campground board along with board minutes shall be sent to the appropriate mission center officers and to Legal Services.

3.2.2 Letter of support from the mission center officers shall be sent to Legal Services.

3.2.3 Once the board minutes and mission center approvals have been received in Legal Services, Legal will request approval from the apostle and bishop over the area.

4. Additional Approvals Needed

Once all of the legislative and administrative approvals have been received, the following additional approvals are needed prior to moving forward with the purchase:

4.1. Financing Plan Approval If Houses of Worship Revolving Fund Loan is Needed

4.1.1 A copy of the financing plan shall be sent to Legal Services for review and approval. If funds need to be borrowed to assist with the purchase, a Houses of Worship Revolving Fund (HWRF) loan application should be completed. Outside loans that would cause a lien to be placed on the property are not permitted.
(Refer to HWRF Loans)

4.1.2   HWRF loans are approved on an individual basis and are subject to the following:
          a) Current funds available.
          b) Demonstrated ability to repay the loan.
          c) Completion of a capital campaign and pledges, if required.

4.2. Listing/Offers/Counter-Offer Approval

Legal Services will review all listing agreements, offers, and/or counter offers prior to signing. Legal Services will communicate its concerns and or approval to the pastor and/or financial officer of the congregation.

The Approval for Purchase/Gift of Real Estate form can be completed with the information requested and signed by the appropriate officers. Once all original signatures have been obtained, forward to Legal Services along with the congregational/campground minutes approving the purchase. In an effort to move the approval process along quickly, Legal Services will accept all approvals via e-mail.

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