Ordinance Nos,
54 of 1944
14 of 1991
[23rd December
, 1944
Short title.

1. This Ordinance may be cited as the Sri Lanka Baptist Sangamaya Ordinance.



(1) From and after the date of the commencement of this Ordinance, the members for the time being of the Sri Lanka Baptist Sangamaya (hereinafter referred to as ” the sangamaya”) and such and so many persons as shall after that date be admitted members of the said council shall be and are hereby constituted a body politic and corporate (hereinafter referred to as the ” corporation “) with the name of ” the Sri Lanka Baptist Sangamaya”.

(2) The corporation shall, in the said name and for the purposes hereinafter mentioned, have perpetual succession, and shall and may by the said name sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, answer and be answered, in all courts and shall and may have and use a common seal with power to break, alter, and renew the same at its discretion.



(1) It shall be lawful for the sangamaya from time to time at any general meeting of the members, and by a majority of the members present and voting, to make such rules not inconsistent with this Ordinance, as the sangamaya may deem expedient for all or any of the following purposes:-

(a) the admission, withdrawal or expulsion of members;

(b) the powers, duties, functions and conduct of the various officers, agents and servants of the sangamaya;

(c) the procedure to be observed at meetings and in convening meetings and in the transaction of the business of the sangamaya,

(d) the administration and management of the property of the sangamaya;

(e) the determination of the subscription payable by members and the collection of such subscription.

(f) generally the management of the affairs and the accomplishment of the objects of the sangamaya.

(2) All members of the sangamaya shall at all times be subject to the rules for the time being of the sangamaya.

Alteration of rules

4. No rule made by the sangamaya at any general meeting shall be altered, amended or rescinded except by the votes of a majority of the members present and voting at any subsequent general meeting.

Power of corporation to hold property.

5. The corporation shall be able and capable in law to receive and to hold property, both movable and immovable, which may be vested in it by virtue of any purchase, grant, gift, testamentary disposition or otherwise; and all such property shall be held by the corporation for the purposes of this Ordinance, and subject to the rules for the time being of the said corporation with full power (subject to any trust attaching to such property and to the law regulating such trusts) to sell, mortgage, lease, exchange or otherwise dispose of the same.

Vesting of property.

6. On the coming into operation of this Ordinance, all property of the sangamaya, both movable and immovable, whether held in the name of the sangamaya or in the name of any person or persons in trust for the sangamaya or for the benefit of any schools or institutions established or maintained by the sangamaya shall be and is hereby vested in the corporation, and such property together with all property hereafter to be acquired both movable and immovable and all subscriptions, donations, loans and other moneys received or to be received shall be held by the said corporation for the purposes of this Ordinance and subject to the rules for the time being of the sangamaya’.

Seal of corporation.

7. The seal of the corporation shall not be affixed to any instrument whatsoever except in the presence of three members of the sangamaya, duly authorized for the purpose under the rules thereof, who shall sign their names to the instrument in token of their presence, and such signing shall be independent of the signing of any person as a witness.

Saving of rights of the Republic and others.

8. Nothing in this Ordinance contained shall prejudice or affect the rights of the Republic, or of any body politic or corporate, or of any other persons, except such as are mentioned in this Ordinance, and those claiming by, from, or under them.