This lesson focuses on the issue of The Termination of Pastors. You can review the Executive Summary to obtain the key points or read the Weekly Lesson for a more thorough presentation of this topic. Start by completing the following interactive quiz to test your knowledge.
Instructions Click on the correct answer for each of the following questions.
The civil courts have been unwilling to review pastoral terminations for any reason. This often is called the "ecclesiastical abstention doctrine." The reason is that the first amendment guaranty of religious freedom prevents the civil courts from deciding "who will preach from the pulpit" of a church. The decision to this question, however arbitrary or discriminatory, must come from the church. This lesson will review this important rule and its possible exceptions.
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