The Charity Commission has published a new guide to good practice for the 30,000 faith-based organisations in the third sector.
The regulator hopes its Faith in Good Governance guide, released to coincide with National Inter Faith Week, will help trustees, staff and volunteers of charities established with a religious purpose.
The document, launched by the commission's Faith and Social Cohesion Unit, includes legal information, recommended good practice and practical case studies. It is particularly targeted at smaller and new organisations that operate places of worship.
Dame Suzi Leather, chair of the Charity Commission, said: "It is important that trustees have the flexibility and freedom to decide what is the best way to achieve their charities' aims, but at the same time they need good, useful guidance to help them in their work."
Harriet Crabtree, director of the Inter Faith Network for the UK, which promotes good relations between people of different religious beliefs, said the guide would be an excellent resource for faith-based organisations.