• Key point 2-01.1. In congregational churches it is common for ministers to be selected by church members according to the procedures set forth in the church's governing instrument.
• Key point 2-01.3. Churches should comply with their governing instrument in the selection of a minister. If an unincorporated church has no governing instrument, or its governing instrument does not address elections, then the established practice of the church should be followed. Incorporated churches having no provision in their governing instrument addressing elections may be subject to the provisions of state nonprofit corporation law.
Initiating the Pastor-Church Relationship
* A New York court ruled that a denominational agency could not interfere with a church's selection of a pastor or the management of its affairs since the denomination was congregational rather than hierarchical in nature. ...