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Removing a Church Board Member

What to do when someone must be removed from office.

Last Reviewed: February 28, 2020

Imagine a member of your church's board has engaged in behavior that violates the church's understanding of Scripture. In doing so, they've probably also violated the qualifications for serving on the board. In cases like this, the congregation or board may determine that the individual must be removed from office. What do you do next?

Start by reviewing your church's bylaws to see if there is any provision dealing with the removal of a board member. If there is such a provision, it must be followed.

If the church bylaws do not address this issue, then check state nonprofit corporation law if the church is incorporated. It may contain a procedure that will guide you in the removal of the board member.

If your church is incorporated under your state nonprofit corporation law, your bylaws will almost always take precedence over the nonprofit law. So, by addressing a matter in ...

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Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

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  • February 1, 2019
  • Last Reviewed: February 28, 2020

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