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Are Royce, Ben and Chris joking? – Catholic Church’s hidden wealth revealed – 12 Feb – Can they tell me the market value of St Andrews Cathedral or St Mary’s Cathedral. 128 more words

REVERSION PROVISION MANUVERS

Typically, denominational authorities include in their denominational control documents, or even in the titles of the local churches, reversion provisions that prevent local churches from going rogue or otherwise fleeing with the real property.  298 more words

HIERARCHICAL CHURCH CORRALS

To escape from the confines of the hierarchical church governing rules and documents a local church will often allege all sorts of things.  In Alpine Methodist v New Jersey United Methodist Church… 327 more words

THE “BAD MOTIVES” DEFENSE IN THE HIERARCHIAL CHURCH CASE

After a fire destroyed the church building in 2013 and insurance paid $1 million, the denominational authority had to decide whether to rebuild the building.  In order to make the decision, the denomination decided to first test whether the congregation was viable.  358 more words

A TALE OF TWO VICARS

In a single church building, two factions formed and irrevocably divided the congregation.  One faction was led by a presiding vicar appointed by a metropolitan and the other faction was led by another presiding vicar appointed by a different metropolitan.  281 more words

“I DON'T THINK A CHURCH OF THIS SCOPE WAS ENVISIONED”

West of the Mississippi the word “megachurch” brings to mind a church complex serving thousands of people.  Contrast that to Maryland where apparently a “megachurch” is a 31,500-square foot sanctuary building, which would afford seating for 1,000 people, classrooms for religious education, a nursery area, a warming kitchen, offices, parking and a “fellowship hall” which would also serve as a gymnasium all on 16.6 acres.  517 more words

CHURCH BUILDING REPAIR AS A SECULAR PURPOSE

Reported in a prior posting on this website was the United States Supreme Court opinion in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v Comer, 137 S. 293 more words