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HIEARCHIAL CHURCH RESULTING TRUST PROVISIONS – EVERYWHERE OR NOWHERE?

In jurisdictions that decide church property issues under the Neutral Principles of Law Doctrine, the difficult question is for a court to determine which organizational documents are binding authority on the local church.  213 more words

HIEARCHIAL CHURCH WARS – INFILTRATION STRATEGIES

Church splits in hierarchical churches almost uniformly end badly for the insurgents.  The only exceptions are when church governing documents, including incorporation documents, and land titles do not consistently tie the ownership to the denomination rather than the local group of congregations or the local congregation.  535 more words

ZONING TRAPS AND SNARES

Land use regulations, zoning laws, and permit requirements of every stripe usually constitute a maze that the uninitiated should not attempt alone.  Church leadership often begins construction or remodeling without fully considering these rules, or worse, believes they have.  331 more words

BLESSED SHACKLES - GOVERNMENT AID TO CHURCHES

We have reported on this type of tar baby before.  In these situations, a public funding program to accomplish a governmental purpose attracts a variety of public and private participants.  426 more words

Value, if any

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