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Your Questions, September/October 2006

Does a church member have a legal right to inspect minutes of church board meetings?

In some cases they do. Consider three possible sources for such a right of inspection.

First, if a church is incorporated, it is possible that state nonprofit corporation law gives members a right to inspect board minutes. To illustrate, the Revised Model Nonprofit Corporation Act, which has been enacted by several states, gives members a right to inspect the minutes of board meetings if the member’s demand is made in good faith and for a proper purpose; the member describes with “reasonable particularity” the purpose and the records the member desires to inspect; and the records are directly connected with this purpose. The Act specifies that a church’s articles of incorporation or bylaws “may limit or abolish the right of a member under this section to inspect and copy any corporate ...

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  • August 26, 2006

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