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Amendment of Church Documents

A court ruled that a church's articles of incorporation could not be amended without the pastor's approval.

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• The Washington Supreme Court ruled that a church's board of elders was powerless to amend the church's articles of incorporation without the pastor's approval. In 1967, a pastor organized a church. The church bylaws provided that the pastor was "recognized as the spiritual overseer of the church, ordained and appointed by God for the ministry and to shepherd the flock." The church's articles of incorportion specified that (1) the church would not have voting members; (2) the affairs of the church would be managed by a board of elders; (3) the church board consisted of three elders, plus the pastor who was designated the permanent chairman (he could not be removed from office while living); and, (4) neither the articles nor the bylaws could be amended without the pastor's approval. The bylaws specified that the pastor would serve for life unless he decided to leave, and that pastor ...

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  • January 1, 1991

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