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Category: Church Property Disputes/Denominational Splits

Church Mergers

Saying Goodbye (and Hello): Navigating Senior Pastor Transitions

Change is inevitable, even for our beloved faith communities. And one of the most significant transitions a church can experience is the departure of its senior pastor. It’s a time of mixed emotions – gratitude for the outgoing pastor’s contributions, sadness at their leaving, and uncertainty about the future. But with careful planning and open communication, a senior pastor transition can be an opportunity for growth and renewal.

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Church Property Disputes/Denominational Splits

Make sure your local church is legally protected after disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church

any churches that have disaffiliated from the United Methodist Church have done so without legal counsel. The choice to leave without the assistance of an attorney may have been due to timing, cost or simply a decision by leaders that they could complete the process on their own. While the local church may have saved money on legal fees through the process, they may not have set themselves up for success in the future. Considering this, now may be the right time to review your corporate documents with legal counsel to see if your local church is fully protected.

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Church Property Disputes/Denominational Splits

Donors to local religious entities have a legal path to successfully sue religious denominations for return of donations based on fraud.

In a potentially groundbreaking case, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a church member may proceed with a lawsuit to recover donations when a denomination fraudulently told its members that it was using tithes and offerings for charitable means, when in fact the funds were used for a commercial enterprise.

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Church Property Disputes/Denominational Splits

Young-Nak Church of Los Angeles retains its property in a Religious Property Dispute against the Korean Presbyterian Church, Abroad

The Session of Young-Nak Church of Los Angeles, California, a 9000-member congregation – prevailed in a religious property lawsuit filed against it by the Korean Presbyterian Church, Abroad (KPCA), a denomination it was formally affiliated with, resulting in the local church retaining its $110 million dollar property.  

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