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Court Can Resolve Church Dispute over the Election of a New Pastor

Such intervention is allowed if the court does not address religious doctrine or polity.

Key point 2-01.05. A minority of courts are willing to review the selection of ministers in limited circumstances so long as they can do so without any inquiry into religious doctrine.Key point 6-12.01. Church membership meetings must be conducted in accordance with the procedural requirements ordinarily specified in the church’s governing documents. The most common requirements pertain to notice, quorum, and voting.Key point 6-12.04. Most courts refuse to intervene in church disputes concerning the validity of a membership meeting that was not conducted in accordance with the procedural requirements specified in the church’s governing documents. However, some courts are willing to intervene in such disputes if they can do so without inquiring into religious doctrine or polity.Key point 6-12.05. Some courts will supervise church elections to ensure compliance with the procedural ...

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  • April 20, 2022

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