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Members Sue to Dissolve Church

Their lawsuit was dismissed.

Key point: In some states church members have the authority to dissolve the church corporation if the church is unable to carry out its purposes due to internal dissension. However, members who have left the church or no longer meet the church bylaws' definition of "members" will not have the authority to do so.

An Illinois appeals court dismissed a lawsuit brought by members of a church seeking to dissolve their church and have a receiver appointed to liquidate church assets.

A schism occurred in a Baptist church over the retention of the pastor. Problems worsened due to disagreements over the pastor's plan to use church funds to build a school. Some members opposed placing a mortgage on the debt-free church building to raise construction funds. When efforts to remove the pastor and those deacons who supported him failed, some of the disgruntled members filed a lawsuit in ...

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  • March 1, 1994

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