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General Handbook: Serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Section 35.5.8

Nonprofit Use of Church Property

At the request of the stake president, the facilities manager may approve uses by nonprofit groups in the community as needed. The facilities manager does this by signing a Temporary Use Agreement (available from the area office). A certificate of insurance might also be required, depending on local regulations.

The temporary use of Church property should follow these guidelines:

  • A local leader should be present.
  • Church leaders have the right to ask any group to stop using the property at any time and for any reason.
  • The use should align with the building’s purposes and with the Church’s tax-exempt status where applicable.
  • The use should not conflict with scheduled Church activities.
  • Church standards should always be upheld on the property.
  • The use of Church resources should not risk hurting participants or damaging property.
  • The use should not expose the Church to liability or disturb neighbors.

Reservations at Church recreational camp properties should not be made on behalf of community organizations, commercial ventures, and individuals of other faiths. However, Church members are welcome to invite their friends of other faiths to attend with them.