CHURCHES IN TRANSITION NEED TO BE PRUDENT AND PROTECTED.
Churches in transition.
A declining 30 member church's pastor dies. A
new pastor is
miraculously found... and he's young, dynamic, full of wonderful plans,
a congregation of 50 to bring to the church to fill up the empty seats
bring needed revenue to the church! But,
without seeking legal counsel, the church bylaws are amended (or not
and changes are made.
The new pastor is (or erroneously declares that he is) the new corporate president. Terminating the pastor requires a 51% congregational vote. Well, the pastor turns out to be a wolf in sheep's clothing. But now he is in power, and it takes a majority congregational vote to oust him. The new pastor has 50 votes in his favor, and the 30 original church members are helpless to oust him.
This scenario could have been averted with proper planning, new or amended bylaws, and wise legal counsel.
Remember the timeless principle expounded in the old Fram Oil Commercials.