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Guideline Leaflet C11: Churches, Charities and Incorporation

Most churches are not incorporated; they are ‘unincorporated associations’.  There are some advantages to incorporating a church, or a church project, but there are also significant issues to consider which are discussed in this leaflet.  Guidance is also offered on the availability of precedent governing documents.

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Created: 14/09/2012 (last updated December 2021)
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