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Pastor, Church & Law

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

Removal

Volume 2 . Chapter 6 . § 6-06.4
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.

A corporation possesses the inherent power to remove an officer, director, or trustee for good cause. To illustrate, one court ruled that the members of a nonprofit corporation may remove directors from office at a meeting called for this purpose, at any time. Another court held that a church congregation has the inherent authority to remove a director for good cause even though the church bylaws did not address the issue. In the context ...

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