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Board Possessed Legal Authority to Fire Its Pastor Member access only

Clergy - Removal; Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Church’s Failure to Follow Bylaws Nullifies Actions Member access only

Clergy - Selection; Nonprofit Corporation Law; Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Pastor’s Breach of Contract Lawsuit Against Board Members Dismissed by Court Member access only

Breach of Contract; Clergy - Discipline and Removal; Officers, Directors, and Trustees

"Ecclesiastical Abstention Doctrine" Preserved in Kentucky Church Governance Lawsuit Member access only

Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Removal of Church Board Members Member access only

Breach of Contract; Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Injuries on the Playground Member access only

Officers, Directors, and Trustees; Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Church Members Sue for Breach of Fiduciary Duties Member access only

Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Internal Church Disputes Member access only

Officers, Directors, and Trustees

First Amendment Bars the Civil Courts from Intervening in Church Elections Member access only

Charters, Constitutions, and Bylaws; First Amendment; Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Court To Determine Whether Board Members May Serve Member access only

Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Limited Liability of Charitable Organizations Member access only

Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Breach of Fiduciary Duties Member access only

Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Charitable Immunity Law and Sexual Misconduct Member access only

Officers, Directors, and Trustees; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Tax Court Denies Deductions for Alleged Contributions Member access only

Charitable Contributions; Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Members' Right to Challenge Sale of Church Assets Member access only

Church Property; Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Disputes Over Congregational Churches' Property Member access only

Church Property; Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Officers, Directors, and Trustees Member access only

Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Officers, Directors and Trustees - Part 1 Member access only

Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Officers, Directors and Trustees - Part 2 Member access only

Officers, Directors, and Trustees

Officers, Directors and Trustees Member access only

Officers, Directors, and Trustees