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Requirements for the Application for Permission to Sell Church Property

List of requirements for anyone completing the “Application for Permission to Sell Church Property.”

Requirements for Submission of Release to Sell & Permission to Mortgage Applications:

  • Please make sure to answer every question on the application form. Typed responses are
    preferred. Save this fillable document on your computer, be sure to save often. Once it
    is complete, print out for signatures or use DocuSign.
  • Application forms must be signed by the:
    1. Lead Pastor (unless there is no located pastor)
    2. Conference Superintendent
    3. Secretary of Society (if church owned) or the Secretary of the Conference
      (if conference owned).
  • Completed application documents will include:
    1. A Completed and Signed Application
    2. Copy of the Deed(s)
    3. Meeting minutes from local church.
      a. The full BOA or Leadership Team must be made aware of the issue and that a decision is going to bemade.
      b. Statement of the property decision with motion, seconded andcarried
      c.Written minutes showing who was present and what the vote count
      was on the action.
    4. Meeting minutes from the conference –
      a. The full BOA or Leadership Team must be made aware of the issue
      and that a decision is going to be made.
      b. Statement of the property decision with motion, seconded andcarried
      c. Written minutes showing who was present and what the vote count
      was on the action.

Virtual voting may take place if necessary, if all the previous requirements have been met.

Important Note: The best protection and defense is that the denomination/Conference/or local church
ALWAYS follow the written protocol when it comes to money, property, or personnel matters.

Once you have gathered all of the documents and have signatures, please scan and email to:
administration@fmcusa.org (preferred method)

or mail the documents to:
Free Methodist Church – USA
Attn. Administration
770 N High School Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46214

If the documents are incomplete, the process is halted and either the church or the conference will be
contacted regarding any missing information.

Please feel free to contact our administration office if you have any questions or concerns regarding
the process of selling or mortgaging church-owned property via email: administration@fmcusa.org or
call 1-800-342-5531 and ask to speak with my Executive Assistant.

Sincerely,

Mark A. Dowley
Chief Operating Officer

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