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Removal of Church Elders

Established church procedures must be followed.

Key point: An attempt by church members to remove members of the governing board without complying with established church procedures may be overturned by a civil court.

• The Alabama Supreme Court ruled that the dismissal of two church elders by a minister and his supporters was not legally effective since the church's established procedures were not followed. A dispute arose between the minister of a local Church of Christ congregation and the governing elders. The minister claimed that he was accountable to the congregation while the elders claimed that he was accountable solely to them. The elders eventually ordered the minister to vacate the pulpit and remove his possessions from the church parsonage. The minister ignored this order, and continued to live in the parsonage and serve as minister to the congregation. This prompted the elders to file a lawsuit asking a court ...

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  • May 2, 1994