Jump directly to the content

Constitution, Bylaws and Charters

An Ohio court ruled that a church's board of trustees had been properly ousted and replaced with a new board in a specially-called business meeting.

Key point 6-02.02. Churches are subject to the provisions of their governing documents, which generally include a charter and a constitution or bylaws (in some cases both). A charter is the state-approved articles of incorporation of an incorporated church. Most rules of internal church administration are contained in a constitution or bylaws. Specific and temporary matters often are addressed in resolutions. If a conflict develops among these documents, the order of priority generally is as follows-charter, constitution, bylaws, and resolutions.
Key point 6-06.04. Church officers and directors can be removed from office in the manner authorized by the church's governing documents. It is common for church bylaws to give the membership the authority to remove officers and directors who engage in specified misconduct or change their doctrinal position.
Key point 6-12.01. Church membership ...

Join now to access this member-only content

Become a Member

Already a member? for full access.

Related Topics:
Posted:
  • November 1, 2001

Related ResourcesVisit Store

2021 Church & Clergy Tax Guide (Book)
2021 Church & Clergy Tax Guide (Book)
The most comprehensive and authoritative tax guide available.
50-State Public Accommodations Laws Report
50-State Public Accommodations Laws Report
How statutes and court decisions across the country do - or don't affect churches
Your Complete Guide to Virtual Church Meetings
Your Complete Guide to Virtual Church Meetings
A toolkit for legal and compliant business meetings
Church Governance
Church Governance
What leaders must know to conduct legally sound church business.