> Sounds about right.
> Re: The Living Word Fellowship, The Walk, John
> Robert Stevens
> Posted by: Tmason
> Date: July 06, 2018
> larry bobo Wrote:
> Those who have served on church corporations
> know that the Bylaws clearly state that the
> Apostolic Fathering Ministries have final say on
> what happens to church properties. The rest of the
> corporate members do all the leg work, but have no
> decision making power as far as asset ownership is
> Reepicheep wrote:
> Yes, that is my memory too, Larry. And if the
> church ministries didn't want the church to be
> sold, stronger coercive tactics would probably be
> used next. However, G&M made the decisions and
> received the money, regardless.
> I have read the articles of formation for (the)
> Church of the Living Word, APCO (no public info
> available) and its subordinate churches. Any
> church that agrees to become part of TLW gives ALL
> property to the living word. In a laughable use of
> words it also reads that none of the proceeds will
> enure to the benefit of any person.
How do find out the answers? Do you figure out how to hire a lawyer for a class action suit? or is every location different?
Most everyone would assume that the voting assembly of the congregation owns its real estate, buildings, and equipment. For many congregations that’s true. But some Baptist and Pentecostal church property is owned directly by the pastor and his family.
Time of Grace Blog
I keep researching - I know full well that I won't find the answer- I'n not a lawyer. I did find something interesting having to do with change in philosophy when one local church broke away.
We have seen a distinctive change in believes which concerns us. I am wondering if this is arguable in court?
Time of Grace Blog
Courts have struggled with adjudicating church property disputes ever since the republic began. Decisions come down according to one of three philosophies:
"Favoring whichever group is closest to the founding beliefs and principles of the organization. Although originally the preferred philosophy, this has proven to be almost impossible to determine and isn’t much considered today.
A “deferential” philosophy that favors hierarchies and “defers” to them. TEC is arguing this philosophy.
A “neutral principles” philosophy that tries to take no sides in ideology and favors the organization’s votes.
This won’t be over for a long time. In fact, it may never be over. Christians will probably be fighting over properties until the end of time. It invites the question: When a denomination shifts its theology or practice (as in ordination of women or gay people), is that new theology binding on all congregational leaders and members?
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/19/2019 05:08AM by NancyB.