I need advise from a church attorney. My father passed 8/2020 and he was founder of my church for 55 years. I am taking

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Customer: I need advise from a church attorney. My father passed 8/2020 and he was founder of my church for 55 years. I am taking care of my mom who is 84 now. A few members chose a new pastor and my family didn't get an opportunity to vote. I want my place back as trustee in the church. Is that possible?
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Michigan
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: Not attending the church. They have set in place other people with this new pastor. I spoke to the new pastor and he is not willing to listen. I have been with my father for years as the trustee and minister of music. The new pastor is a member but wasn't actively serving. He chose to sing every sunday at another church for years.
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: My mom wants to know how can she have this pastor removed since none of the family was able to vote.
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Is there anyway I can have the church closed and the building turned over to me until a suitable pastor is found?
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My family was with my father all the time. The people that have taken over didn't care and wasn't there. They couldn't wait for the pastor to pass to have control and sit the family down. I have a son that is a minister and the church should have been passed down to him. My mom was so devastated that she couldn
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couldn't do anything but cry and be depressed. Her and my father were married 61 years.
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I want control of the church and those that want to stay can and those that don't like it can leave. Is there anything I can do?
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Hello,

My name is ***** ***** I am an attorney with Just Answer.  I am also a Michigan attorney.  I would be happy to try to help you.

What denomination is your church?

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Baptist
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It depends on your church by-laws as a non-profit organization.  No one person owns a church.

 ...https://www.learnreligions.com › Baptist-church-denom...Jun 25, 2019 —

Baptist Church Governing Body. Baptist denominations follow a congregational church governance in which each individual congregation is governed.

Baptist denominations follow a congregational church governance in which each individual congregation is governed autonomously, free from the direct control of any other body.

If you want a seat as a Trustee of the church, you will have to find out how to do that according you your church's by-law or constitution, such a running for a trustee position or being appointed by either the pastor or church council or whatever committee runs the church.  The current pastor and church council or session enforces the rules.

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Are you still there?

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If you have no further questions, thank you for contacting Just Answer.  I hope my legal information has been helpful and meets with your satisfaction.  Good luck in becoming a trustee again.

My best wishes,

Jan

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