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How can the church membership avoid having a Pastor change

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How can the church membership avoid having a Pastor change the by laws to name him as complete authority in the church.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Business Law
Expert:  CalAttorney2 replied 6 months ago.

Dear Customer,

Your by-laws are most likely still effective and enforceable, it is highly unlikely that the unilateral actions of a single member or officer of your non-profit organization would be able to change the by-laws or disregard them in their entirety.

However, if you are at a point where you can reaffirm your existing by-laws or create a set of new amended by-laws to better reflect your church's current needs, you can.

Here is a link to the Tennessee Attorney General's handbook for non-profit organizations that can give you some general guidance in management and operations under the TN Corporate Code:

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