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Clergy - Part 2

Removal

Louisiana
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• Ambiguous or incomplete church bylaws often spawn legal disputes. Such was the case in a recent Louisiana decision. In 1987, the trustees of a Baptist church removed their pastor from office, and then obtained a court order prohibiting him from continuing as pastor of the church and from entering upon church property. Within days, a group calling itself the "board of directors and general membership" of the church asked the court to reverse its previous order on the ground that the "trustees" who obtained the order had been removed from office by the church membership, and that the pastor had been reinstated. The "new" trustees also sought $400,000 in damages against the previous trustees because of their "acts of bad faith in attempting to use power not given to them by the bylaws or general membership." The trial judge observed that "the articles of incorporation and the bylaws ...

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  • May 1, 1989

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