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• What legal recourse does a church have if a minister refuses to honor a congregational vote removing him from office? An Illinois appeals court addressed this difficult question in a recent case. Here are the facts. Rev. Smith started a church in 1937, and served as its pastor up until the time of her disability in 1985. In 1958, she appointed a Rev. Sims to serve as "financial secretary" and pulpit minister of the church. As pulpit minister, Rev. Sims sat on the pulpit during each service, and conducted services on the fourth Sunday of each month. Following Rev. Smith's disability in 1985, the church's board of trustees took action requiring two authorized signatures on church checks, and removed Rev. Sims' name from the list of authorized signers. A few months later, the congregation elected Rev. Wing as pastor of the church. Rev. Sims refused to recognize Rev. Wing's appointment, ...

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  • November 1, 1988

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