To promote the more democratic, efficient and just administration of the temporal affairs and properties of the Churches

The Act doesn’t propose to get involved in or to formulate opinions or to make decisions on any matters connected with the teachings and practices of the various Churches about faith and theology.
His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II
His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II

The Kerala Christian Church Properties and Institutions Trusts Act, 2009

Act Intention

The Church Act Bill 2009 is intended to bring in a democrate frame-work in the administration of temporal assets of the various churches.

Charitable Trust

Every parish church shall be registered as a Christian Charitable Trust in the name of that particular church within six months from the date of commencement of Act.

Trust Assembly

The Trust Assembly is to elect the Managing Trustee and other trustees and three internal auditors from among members of each parish / basic unit.

Accounts & Audit

The Trustee Committee shall maintain all books of accounts and other books in relation to the accounts and prepare an annual statement of accounts

Administration

As envisaged under this Act, the day-to-day administration of the three – tier Trust will be vested with the respective Trustee Committees.

Church Properties

Upon Registration of a Trust under Section 9 of this Act, all properties of the church, movable and immovable assets and cash shall be vested with the Board of Trustees.

Church Act 2009 English Copy

The Kerala Church Properties and Institutions Trust Bill was proposed by the former law reforms commission as a longstanding solution to the confusions and problems arising from the management or mismanagement of large swathes of land and properties under the custody of Christian churches and its heads.

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