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Is the church organized as nonprofit corporation, or is it simply a church, without any legal formalities?
Is the church part of a denomination with a large hierarchical organization? Or, does the church operate solely under the control of its internal board/trustees?
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The reason why I ask is because the U.S. Constitution, 1st Amend., "establishment of religion" clause forbids courts from enforcing or resolving internal church governance disputes. From what you describe, unless the records issue is a violation of federal or state tax law, a court could not resolve this matter, because it is internal to the church.
This is also why I asked if there is a hierarchy, because your only recourse to resolve this dispute would be to complain to a church authority that is above the nominating committee. If that is the Board of Deacons, under the church bylaws, then that is the only authority to which you can complain to resolve the issue.
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