Church Constitutions

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  1. Salty

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    How extenstive should a church constitution be?
    (not counting the statement of faith)
    Would a one or 2 pages be sufficent
    or should it go into more detail say 10-12 pages?

    Thoughts?
     
  2. drfuss

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    The church constitution is both the ethical and legal agreed upon procedures upon which the business and practices of the church are carried out. Intentionally violating the church constitution is being dishonest.

    As for the number of pages, one or two pages would have to be too general which would lead to too much room for different interpretations which in turn could lead to discension. Of course too may pages could become cumbersome and too restrictive. The pages may depend on the size of the church.
     
  3. mont974x4

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    The unfortunate cost of operating as a legally recognized church, especially in a litigious society, is an extensive and thorough Constitution. The length of the document depends on how thorough the writer desires to be in defining the relationships involved. These are:
    1. Between church members
    2. Between members and leadership
    3. Between the church and the state government
    4. Between the church and the federal government
    5. Between the church and the local government
    6. Between the church and its applicable denominational groups
    7. Between the church and staff (clergy and non-clergy)
     

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