Some issues associated with the termination of ministers are addressed in other sections. These include severance agreements, Section 7-22.1, infra. reference letters, Section 7-24, infra. and arbitration. Section 7-27, infra.
Ministers may face termination in two ways. First, their employment with a local church may be terminated; and second, their ministerial credentials may be terminated by the church or denomination that issued them. A number of ministers have challenged their termination in court, usually on the basis of one or more of the following grounds: