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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Meetings

Volume 2 . Chapter 6 . § 6-06.3
Key point 6-06.3. Church boards generally can act only in a meeting that is duly called pursuant to the church's governing documents. Many state nonprofit corporation laws permit church boards to act by written consent, or by conference telephone call.

The general authority to manage church affairs generally is vested in the directors or trustees, and their acts are binding on the corporation only when done as a board at a legal meeting. Neither a minority nor a majority of the board has the authority to meet privately and take action binding upon the corporation. The reason for this rule has been stated as follows: "The law believes that the greatest wisdom results from conference and exchange of individual views, and it is for this reason ...

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