Pastor, Church & Law
breach of contract
civil, property, or contract rights
excess benefit transaction
fraud or collusion
- Understand the legal aspects of the selection of clergy.
- Understand under what circumstances the civil courts will intervene in internal church disputes involving the selection of clergy.
- Explain why clergy and churches should enter into a contract of employment, and identify several important items to cover in such a contract.
- Define unreasonable compensation, and explain the significance of this concept to churches and clergy.
- Identify those circumstances in which the civil courts may intervene in internal church disputes involving the dismissal of a minister.
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