Fellowship possession of landOctober 8, 2011
Recently our local fellowship considered the possibility of taking indefinite extended possession (sometime called "ownership") of some nearby land with a remnant housing structure. That specific possibility has ended.
In discussion of the matter, the following items were listed as suggestions regarding understandings within the fellowship. Further consideration would likely have led to changes in the list.
September 23, 2011
Suggestions for an understanding in the
fellowship regarding stewards (trustees) entrusted with possessions
by the fellowship.
Possessions are held by “a local
fellowship of followers of Jesus, (named) steward, and his successors
The steward is responsible and
accountable directly to the Lord Jesus, and shall always seek to
carry out His will regarding the entrusted possessions.
The steward will use good judgment in
seeking the advice and wisdom of the fellowship and its participants.
But the steward's decisions are not subject to veto or reversal by
The steward will seek to pay for all
continuing expenses related to the possessions, as the Lord enables
him to provide.
The steward will direct the use of the
possessions, which use may be enjoyed by his own family, as he is
The steward may never convert the use
for his own personal profit, sell it for his personal gain, or enter
a mortgage on it.
Should the need arise, the steward may
nominate his successor, subject to fellowship approval. The nominee
must be a fellowship participant, and may be someone in his immediate
The fellowship and its participants are
always free to discuss and consider the decisions of the steward, and
to give advice, but the options of the fellowship are limited to
terminating and replacing the steward, on the grounds of resignation, incapacity,
withdrawal from the fellowship, serious negligence, or disobedience
to his duties.
Neither the fellowship nor any of its
participants will ever seek remedy to complaints regarding any of
these matters in a civil court. It is always better to suffer loss
than to take matters before courts of the world for their judgment.