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Does this statement in our church Bylaws mean that the

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Does this statement in our church Bylaws mean that the pastor should be voted on on an annual basis?
Statement from the Bylaws
B. Unless otherwise provided in the Bylaws, all officers of the church and its organizations shall be elected to service for a one year period.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Business Law
Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 10 months ago.

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Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 10 months ago.


Thank you for your patience and thank you for using Just Answer. I want to provide you the best service I can. Please feel free to ask any follow up questions you have.

I am an attorney with 30 years of experience; I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.

This clause has to do with the Executive Personnel of the Church. Whether it applies to the Pastor depends on how the Pastor is positioned in your Church. If your Pastor is an Officer then yes.

BUT most churches have the Pastor established as an employee of the Church and have them on a contract.

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I don't think my question was fully answered.
Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 10 months ago.

No problem. What additional information do you need?

Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 10 months ago.

Can you tell me whether the Pastor also holds an officer position?

Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 10 months ago.

Usually, the Pastor is not an Officer, but rather they are on a contract. Do you know how your Pastor is engaged?

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Expert:  Irwin Law replied 10 months ago.

Hello. Another expert here and I will be happy to assist with your question. I have worked with religious organizations and served on the board of several. As the previous expert said, the pastor is an employee of the church board. He is almost never an officer of the congregation which are established in the bylaws.There will always be a written contract for services between the board and the pastor. I don't see any other parts to your question, but if I'm missing something there, please send me a reply and I will be happy to respond today.

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