Jump directly to the content

Court Rules Members Had Legal Authority to Retain or Remove Pastor

An Indiana court ruled that a majority of a "congregational" church's members had the legal authority to determine whether or not to retain their pastor.

Indiana
State:
Categories:
Key point 2-04.2. Some courts are willing to resolve disputes over the termination of clergy if they can do so without any inquiry into religious doctrine. Termination
Key point 6-06.2. Officers and directors must be legally authorized to act on behalf of their church. Legal authority can be express, implied, inherent, or apparent. In addition, a church can ratify the unauthorized actions of its officers or directors, but this is not required. Church Officers, Directors, and Trustees
Key point 6-09.2. Church members have such legal authority as is vested in them by their church's governing documents, and in some cases by state nonprofit corporation law. Church Members

An Indiana court ruled that a majority of a "congregational" church's members, rather than the church's board of trustees, had the legal authority to determine whether or not to retain ...

Join now to access this member-only content

Become a Member

Already a member? for full access.

Related Topics:
Posted:
  • January 1, 2001

Related ResourcesVisit Store

CARES Act and CAA Table
CARES Act and CAA Table
A Side-By-Side Look at COVID-19 Economic Relief
Church Compensation - Second Edition
Church Compensation - Second Edition
From Strategic Plan to Compliance
2021 Church & Clergy Tax Guide (Book)
2021 Church & Clergy Tax Guide (Book)
The most comprehensive and authoritative tax guide available.
Church Governance
Church Governance
What leaders must know to conduct legally sound church business.