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Former Church Member Challenges Dismissal

Civil courts cannot resolve such cases.

Minnesota
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Key point: The civil courts will not resolve lawsuits brought by dismissed church members challenging the validity of their dismissal.

• A Minnesota appeals court ruled that a church member could not challenge his dismissal in court. In 1988, the pastor of a local church asked two church members (a husband and wife) to sign a guaranty on behalf of the church, guarantying payment of certain debts. The pastor represented to them that if the church ever defaulted on its debts the church would sell its property and use the proceeds to pay back any funds the couple advanced pursuant to the guaranty. The couple signed a guaranty agreement. A few months later, they were notified that the church had been late in making several payments on its bank loans. The couple retained an attorney and discontinued their contact with the church. They did not notify the church of any intent to terminate ...

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  • May 2, 1994

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