Jump directly to the Content

Church Retreat Exempt from Property Tax

Court makes an important ruling.

Michigan
State:
Key point. Most courts regard a church's membership determinations to be a purely ecclesiastical matter beyond the review of the civil courts.
Key point. The civil courts will not resolve lawsuits brought by dismissed church members challenging the validity of their dismissal.

A Pennsylvania court ruled that it was barred by the first amendment from resolving a lawsuit by an individual who wanted to be admitted as a member of a church. Besides seeking a court order compelling him to be admitted as a church member, the plaintiff also asked the court to remove the pastor and board as a result of their failure to use appropriate texts for worship in the Episcopal Church. A state appeals court upheld a trial court's dismissal of the case on the ground that it involved issues of ecclesiastical law and doctrine which the civil courts are powerless to resolve. It relied upon what it ...

Join now to access this member-only content

Become a Member

Already a member? for full access.

Related Topics:
Posted:
  • May 1, 1997

Related ResourcesVisit Store

Protecting Your Tax-Exempt Status
Protecting Your Tax-Exempt Status
Understand the requirements of your tax-exempt status.
Charitable Contributions Tax Reminder 2021
Charitable Contributions Tax Reminder 2021
Encourage giving by informing your donors about tax deductions they could claim.
2021 Church & Clergy Tax Guide (Book)
2021 Church & Clergy Tax Guide (Book)
The most comprehensive and authoritative tax guide available.
20 Finance Questions Churches Ask
20 Finance Questions Churches Ask
Richard Hammar answers relevant tax and finance questions for church leaders.