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Minister Sues Denomination Over Broken Promise

He claimed a bishop had promised to appoint him to a particular church.

Arkansas
State:
Key point: The civil courts cannot resolve disputes over the appointment or removal of ministers if those disputes cannot be resolved without inquiring into doctrine and polity.

• The Arkansas Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit brought by a minister claiming that a denominational official broke a promise to appoint him to a particular church. A minister of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E. Church) filed a lawsuit claiming that his bishop failed to honor a promise to appoint him to a particular church. The minister claimed that when other ministers became aware that the bishop was going to appoint him as pastor of the church, they contacted the bishop and persuaded him not to follow through on his promise. The minister sued the other ministers for interfering with a contract, and the bishop for breaking his promise. A trial court ruled in favor of the minister, and ...

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  • March 1, 1994

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