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Recent Developments in Mississippi Regarding Church Property

The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that a local congregation, rather than a parent denomination, was the legal owner of church property.

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The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that a local congregation, rather than a parent denomination, was the legal owner of church property. A local church acquired property by deed in 1958, in the name of "Church of God Pentecostal, General Assembly." It acquired adjacent property by deed in 1968, in the name of "Church of God Pentecostal of Moss Point, Mississippi." The purchase price for the properties conveyed by both deeds was paid for entirely by the local congregation. In 1994, the church's pastor was "defrocked" by the Church of God Pentecostal, a national religious denomination, for misconduct and a failure to comply with the national church's bylaws. The local congregation rejected the action of the national church, and retained their pastor. It also attempted to convey its property to a newly formed church using a different name that did not refer to any association with the national ...

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  • May 1, 1999

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