Pastor, Church & Law
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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