Appointment of Church Trustees or Fraternal Organization Trustees

Appointment of church trustees and fraternal organization trustees is confirmed by order of the Circuit Court. A request for appointment may be initiated by a letter on church or organizational letterhead or by petition from an attorney or applicant. The request or petition must be accompanied by an order for entry by the court. They are filed in Room 314 of the Clerk's Office.
 
The petition or letter request must contain the following:

  1. Full legal name of the church or organization (If the name is not consistent there must be an explanation). 
  2. Name of the governing body of the church or organization. 
  3. Purpose of the appointment of the trustee(s). 
  4. Names of former trustees appointed by the court.
    1. date of order appointing the trustee
    2. order book and page number if entered prior to Jan. 1, 2007
    3. terms of former trustees
  5. Status of former trustees (what happened to them). 
  6. Names and addresses of current trustees.
    1. term of office if any
    2. dates of term
    3. if no term state term is indefinite
  7. Petition or letter must state that trustees are fit and proper persons to serve as trustees. 
  8. Attach a copy of the church or organizational minutes electing person to act as trustee.
 
The order presented to appoint the trustees must contain the following similar language:
  1. Full legal name of the church or organization (If the name is not consistent there must be an explanation). 
  2. Name of the governing body of the church or organization. 
  3. Purpose of the appointment of the trustee(s). 
  4. Names of former trustees appointed by the court.
    1. date of order appointing the trustee
    2. order book and page number if entered prior to Jan. 1, 2007
    3. terms of former trustees
    4. Status of former trustees (what happened to them). 
    5. Names and addresses of current trustees.
          a) term of office if any
          b) dates of term.
          c) if no term state term is indefinite
        7. Petition or letter must state that trustees are fit and proper persons to serve as trustees.
 
For initial pleading to appoint trustees, a copy of the church or organizational discipline or by-laws should be included.