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Church’s Failure to Follow Bylaws Nullifies Key Appointments and Resignations
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Key point 6-02.2. 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 6-06.4. 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 6-12.1. Church membership meetings must be conducted in accordance with the procedural requirements ordinarily specified in the church's governing documents. The most common requirements pertain to notice, quorum, and voting.

The Idaho Supreme Court ruled that a church's failure to follow its bylaws in the selection of a pastor, the resignation of two board members, and the conduct of a specially called business meeting, rendered these actions null and void. A dispute arose in a church over the appointment of a pastor and the resignation of two board members.

Selection of a pastor

The church's bylaws addressed the selection of a pastor as follows:

Posted: April 18, 2018

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