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CHURCH NAME DISPUTES

It is amazing how emotional a few church members can become over the name of the church. For most, the church name is simply an evangelistic marketing tool like the now ubiquitous ever changing electronic sign. 418 more words

CHURCH BANKRUPTCY

Fortunately, there are few church bankruptcies.  The bankruptcies that are of note are usually of larger hierarchical church organizations.  Local churches may be foreclosed but after that typically they simply dissipate or meet in rented space or homes. 326 more words

THE DEAD HAND OF THE PAST

Courts will typically refrain from resolving church leadership succession controversies.  A court might make certain the process dictated by the church governing documents is followed such that usurpation is not likely to succeed, especially when in dispute are positions in congregational churches.  395 more words

LANDLORD CHURCHES

Churches often own property and when that property is no longer mission critical the churches lease the property to a tenant.  It provides the church a source of income from an asset that may one day again be needed.  198 more words

THE CHICKEN DID IT AGAIN

The tenth report posted herein in February 2017, entitled The Chicken Did It, was about a 2016 case out of California in which the California appellate court reversed for further proceedings a case involving over flow parking.  418 more words

CHURCH BUILDING WOES AND WARS

A famous teacher of evangelical pastors once told me that pastors had no choice but to be jacks of all trades. In this blog, the cases reported involve everything from financial controls, zoning, internal security for vulnerable members, property titles, and corporate control issues, just to name a few. 376 more words

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