trustees constitution

Constitution of a Charitable Incorporated Organisation whose only voting members are its charity trustees.



Date of constitution (last amended):


1. Name:

The name of the Charitable Incorporated Organization (“the CIO”) is Life Gate Ministries International.

2. National location of principal office:

The principal office of the CIO is in London England.

3. Objects:

The objects of the CIO are:

3.1To preach the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in all part of the country and in all Nations of the world holding strictly to the Bible as unerring guide in matters of church organization as well in all matters that pertain to the gospel.

3.2 To hold worship service, bible studies, retreats, crusades, seminars, conferences and other meetings where any participant irrespective of church affiliation are taught the word of God and led into a richer experience with the Lord Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit.

3.3 To confer or permit to be conferred on the ministers (male/ female) or staff both male and female of the Church such titles, honors, names, awards, rights or privileges if and when earned or due in accordance with biblical and ecclesiastical order or in line with the provisions of this Constitution for both men and women.

3.4 To be involved in National Building projects such agriculture, school, well equipped maternity faith home and child welfare programs in rural and areas with qualified medical personnel.

3.5 To publish and distribute Christians literature, including tracts, books, booklets, magazines, study guilds, CD`s, DVD`s and any other materials for the purpose of evangelization and promotion of the Christian Faith and making known the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the world.

3.6 To reaching out to people of all ages and from all walks of life including those who are often marginalized by society like young offenders, prostitutes, the homeless, the elderly and the disabled. We also believe in showing God’s love to people in practical ways, whether through food banks for people in desperate need, or debt counseling and rehabilitation centre to increase the quality of life and wellbeing of individuals and communities in England and in the world.

3.7To adopt all such methods as the church may think fit to generate funds for its objects and accept donations, subscriptions, gifts, collections, offerings, tithes, aids, allowances and to sell and dispose of all real or personal property of the church or any part thereof for the purpose of the objects.

3.8 To purchase or take on lease or under lease or otherwise acquire any land, warehouse, mills, houses or other buildings or any other real or personal property of any kind whatsoever and to erect, equip, maintain, mange, develop and improve the same, and to acquire rights and privileges in relation to any land or buildings for the purpose of its objects.

3.9 To secure any legislative or governmental authority or any license or franchise that is conducive to the interest of the Centre and to enter into any contract with persons, partners, company or authority of government which is beneficial to the Ministry.

3.10 To promote relief support services globally to areas where there are natural and man-made disasters, civil war and unrest, ethnic and religious clashes etc.

  • Powers:

The CIO has power to doanythingwhichiscalculatedtofurtheritsobjectsorisconduciveorincidentaltodoingso. In particular, the CIO has power to:

4.1Buy, take on lease or in exchange, hire or otherwise acquire any property and to maintain and equip it for use;

4.2 Sell, lease or otherwise dispose of all or any part of the property
belonging to the CIO. In exercising this power, the CIO must comply as appropriate in the sections117 and 119-123 of the Charities Act2011;

4.3 Employ and remunerate such staff as are necessary for carrying out the work of the CIO.

The CIO may employ or remunerate each charity trustee only to the extent that it is permitted to do so by clause 6 (Benefits and payments to charity trustees and connected persons) and provided it complies with the conditions of that clause;

4.4Deposit or invest funds ,employ a professional fund-manager, and arrange for the investments or other property of the CIO to be held in the name of nominee, in the same manner and subject to the same conditions as the trustees of a trust are permitted to do by the Trustee Act2000;

5. Application of income andproperty:

5.1 The Income and property Of The CIO must be applied solely towards the promotion of the objects:

5.1.1A charity trustee is entitled to be reimbursed from the property of the CIO or may pay out of such property reason able expenses properly in cured by him or  her when acting on behalf of the CIO.

5.1.2A charity trustee may benefit from trustee indemnity insurance cover purchased at the CIO’s expense in accordance with, and subject to the conditions in, section189oftheCharitiesAct2011.

5.2 None of the income or property of the CIO may be paid or transferred directly or indirectly by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise by way of profit to any member of the CIO.

5.3 Nothing in this clause shall prevent a charity trustee or connected person receiving any benefit or payment which is authorised by Clause6.

6.Benefits and payments to charity trustees and connected persons:

6.1     General provisions

No charity trustee or connected person may:

6.1.1 Buy or receive any goods or services from the CIO on terms preferential to those applicable to members of the public;

6.1.2 Sell goods, services, or any interest in land to the CIO;

6.1.3 Be employed by, or receive any remuneration from, the CIO;

6.1.4 Receive any other financial benefit from the CIO;

Unless the payment or benefit is permitted by sub-clause6.2 of this clause or authorized by the court or the prior written consent of the Charity Commission (“the Commission”) has been obtained. In this clause, a “financial benefit” means a benefit, direct or indirect, which is either money or has a monetary value.

6.2 Scope and powers permitting trustees ’or connected persons’ benefits

6.2.1 A charity trustee or connected person may receive a benefit from the CIO as a beneficiary of the CIO provided that a majority of the trustees do not benefit in this way.

6.2.2 A charity trustee or connected person may entering to a contract for the supply of services, or of goods that are supplied in connection with the provision of services, to the CIO where that is permitted in accordance with, and subject to the conditions in,sections185 to 188 of the Charities Act2011.

6.2.3 Subject to sub-clause6.3 of this clause a charity trustee or connected person may provide the CIO with goods that are not supplied in connection with services provided to the CIO by the charity trustee or connected person.

6.2.4 A charity trustee or connected person may receive interest on money lent to the CIO at a reasonable and proper rate which must be not more than the Bank of England bank rate (also known as the base rate).

6.2.5 A charity trustee or connected person may receive rent for premises let by the trustee or connected person to the CIO. The amount of the rent and the other terms of the lease must be reasonable and proper. The charity trustee concerned must withdraw from any meeting at which such a proposal or the rent or other terms of the lease are under discussion.

6.2.6 A charity trustee or connected person may take part in the normal trading and fundraising activities of the CIO on the same terms as members of the public.

6.3 Payment for supply of goods only–controls

The CIO and it s charity trustees may only rely upon the authority provided by sub-clause6.2.3 of this clause if each of the following conditions is satisfied:

6.3.1 The amount or maximum amount of the payment for the goods is set out in a written agreement between the CIO and the charity trustee or connected person supplying the goods (“the supplier”).

6.3.2 The amount or maximum amount of the payment for the goods does not exceed what is reasonable in the circumstances for the supply of the goods in question.

6.3.3 The other charity trustees are satisfied that it is in the best interests of the CIO to contract with the supplier rather than with someone who is not a charity trustee or connected person. In reaching that decision the charity trustees must balance the advantage of contracting with a charity trustee or connected person against the disadvantages of doing so.

6.3.4 The supplier is absent from the part of any meeting at which there is discussion of the proposal to enter into a contractor arrangement with him or her or it with regard to the supply of goods to the CIO.

6.3.5 The supplier does not vote on any such matter and is not to be counted when calculating whether quorum of charity trustees is present at the meeting.

6.3.6 The reason for their decision is recorded by the charity trustees in the minute book.

6.3.7 A majority of the charity trustees then in office are not in receipt to remuneration or payments authorized by clause6.

6.4 In sub-clauses 6.2 and 6.3of this clause:

6.4.1 “The CIO “includes any company in which the CIO:

6.4.1 a) holds more than 50% of the shares; or

6.4.1 b) controls more than 50% of the voting rights attached to the shares; or

6.4.1 c) has the right to appoint one or more directors to the board of the company;

6.4.2 “Connected person “includes any person with in the definitions out in clause [30] (Interpretation);

7. Conflicts of interest and conflicts of loyalty

A charity trustee must:

7.1 declared nature and extent of any interest, director in direct, which he or she has in proposed transaction or arrangement with the CIO or in any transaction or arrangement entered into by the CIO which has not previously been declared; and

7.2 absent himself or herself from any discussions of the charity trustees in which it is possible that a conflict of interest will arise between his or her duty to act solely in the interests of the CIO and any personal interest (including but not limited to any financial interest).

Any charity trustee absenting himself for herself from any discussions in accordance with this clause must not vote or be counted as part of the quorum in any decision of the charity trustees on the matter.