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Church Policy and Bylaws

Discussion in 'Pastoral Ministries' started by SaggyWoman, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. SaggyWoman

    SaggyWoman Active Member

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    Do you think it is necessary to integrate into your church bylaws/policy about the use of your building and staff for weddings for same sex marriage?
     
  2. Reformed

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    Necessary? Perhaps. Good church policy? Absolutely. I know more than a few churches that have written white papers or addendums to their doctrinal statement/by-laws to address the issue. Of the most common forms being that the church property can only be used by church members in good standing.
     
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    Yes, doing so give a congregation on firmer legal ground.
     
  4. Tom Bryant

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    It is absolutely necessary. We have done it 2 ways: through our statement of faith that says that marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman (polygamy will be the next battleground) and through our building use policies that limit the use of our buildings only to church related activities.

    We have made it a policy that we won't be the state's agent for marriages anymore.
     
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