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Disaffiliated Local Church Allowed to Retain Property

This decision was clearly erroneous.

• In a clearly erroneous decision, a North Carolina appeals court ruled that title to a local Church of God congregation that disaffiliated from the denomination belonged to the local church rather than to denominational officials. Following a 6-week tent revival in 1949, a small group of persons decided to establish a church. A building was constructed, and the new congregation began conducting services. In 1955, the congregation voted to affiliate with the Church of God denomination "for purposes of fellowship." In 1988, the Church of God denomination altered its policy statement regarding how its members should live their daily lives. As a result of this change, the local church voted to disaffiliate from the denomination. In response to this action, the "state overseer" of the Church of God dismissed the local church's board of trustees and appointed a successor board consisting ...

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  • July 1, 1992

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