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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Churches

Volume 2 . Chapter 5 . § 5-03.1
Key point 5-02.1. Local zoning laws generally allow "churches" in residential areas. The courts have struggled with the application of this term to various activities and organizations other than traditional congregations meeting in a building for regular worship services.

Many other courts have been asked to decide whether various uses of churchowned property constitute a church under municipal zoning laws. The following uses have been found to be "churches":

• Use of a home across the street from a church for women's fellowship meetings and religious education classes; • A single-family residence used by the United Presbyterian Church as a religious coffeehouse for university students; • A priest's home, convent, and parochial ...

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