From Wesleyan Discipline
4660. District. The regulations concerning property for a developing church within the bounds of an established district are as follows:
- (1) The district board of administration shall be vested with power and authority to purchase, manage, sell, encumber, transfer, and dispose of any and all property of a developing church, whether real, personal, or mixed (510:3–4; 1233:13–14), and shall direct the pastor and the local advisory council concerning the same in keeping with The Discipline (1233:1, 30).
- (2) The pastor and local advisory council of a developing church shall be responsible to supervise, control, and maintain the property under their care as directed by the district superintendent and the district board of administration (510:3–4; 1233:1, 30).
- (3) All property of a developing church shall be held by the district in trust for the use and benefit of the members and ministers of The Wesleyan Church as required in 323:8 and shall contain the trust clause as given in 4610 (4140; 4590–4630; 4830).
- (4) Whenever a developing church has been organized as an established church (518–520), the district board of trustees may transfer the property to the local board of trustees as set forth in 4680, provided that the property is free of debt.