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What problems could we create by amending them?

Question:
Although our church has bylaws in place, we do not operate strictly according to these as a body. If we amend them to reflect how we operate now, will that create any problems?

Answer:
A church that is not following the provisions of its bylaws could certainly run into trouble. Bylaws are a critical component of church operations. Yet, in many churches, they are filed away, forgotten and ignored. Church bylaws spell out who will run the ministry and how it will operate. Key organizational issues typically addressed in the bylaws include:

  • Who in the church is authorized to make various decisions, including major financial decisions;
  • How the governing board is organized;
  • The relationship between the governing board and the congregation;
  • Who has authority to make hiring and firing decisions involving pastors and staff;
  • When and how meetings of the governing board and the congregation will occur;

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