N.Y. Religious Corporations Law Section 323
Certificate of incorporation

The presiding officer of such a meeting and at least two other persons present and voting thereat shall be appointed at such a meeting to execute and acknowledge, before any person authorized to take acknowledgment of deeds, a certificate of incorporation which shall have been submitted to and approved by such meeting. Such certificate shall set forth: the place and date of said meeting for incorporation; the name of said church; the township, village or city, and the county in which said church shall be located; the statement that there were six or more qualified voters present at the meeting where this act of incorporation was authorized; the names and respective periods of office of the trustees elected; the signatures and residences of those authorized to execute and acknowledge the certificate of incorporation; the approval of the district superintendent of the district in which the church is located; and a statement that the corporation shall support the doctrine and shall be subject to the laws, usages and ministerial appointments of The United Methodist Church as from time to time established, made and declared by the lawful authority of said church. On the filing of such certificate in the office of the county clerk of the county in which such church shall be located the members of such church qualified to vote at such meeting and those who shall thereafter, from time to time, be qualified voters, at the corporate meetings thereof, shall be a corporation by the name stated in such certificate, and the persons therein stated to be elected trustees of such church shall be the trustees thereof, for the terms for which they were respectively elected, and until their successors are elected.

Source: Section 323 — Certificate of incorporation, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/RCO/323 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

Jun. 15, 2024

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