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Monday, March 25, 2013

Ind. Decisions - COA rules "Pastor's new contract valid: Ruling overturns Marion Superior Court decision"

Tim Evans of the Indianapolis Star reports this afternoon on the NFP Court of Appeals decision today in the case of Rev. Carl Z. Liggins and The Board of Trustees of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Inc. v. William Bagley, Raymond Gaines, Gregg Merriweather, Stevie Bonds, Curtis Godfre, et al. (NFP). Some quotes from the story:

Trustees of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis did not violate bylaws when they renewed the contract for the Rev. Carl S. Liggins in 2010, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled today.

The ruling overturned a Marion Superior Court decision in 2012 that had ordered the trustees to conduct a congregational meeting to consider the retention of Liggins. * * *

In the opinion issued today, Judge James S. Kirsch explained “the church is a corporation, organized and existing under the laws of the state of Indiana.”

“If a church or religious group elects to incorporate under the laws of this state,” the opinion says, “then the courts have the power to consider and require that the corporation thus formed comply with state laws concerning such corporations.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 25, 2013 01:26 PM
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