Clergy Contract Question

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Old Mar 21st, 2007, 10:33 AM   #1
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Hello;

Does the church board have the right to re-write the clergy employment contract without consent of the pastor?

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No--not unless he agrees. Or until after the term expires and a new contract is due.
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Old Mar 22nd, 2007, 09:26 AM   #3
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Thank you so much for the reply.

Is there a court case or something I could refer him to?

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Old Mar 22nd, 2007, 09:28 AM   #4
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A contract is binding until it expires it is just basic contract law. What is going on?
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Old Mar 22nd, 2007, 09:41 AM   #5
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The pastor and board have a contract for employment at $48,000 a year.
The board has decided it no longer wants to pay that amount, but wants to reduce the wage to $36,000, despite high job reviews and the highest congregational vote in 85 yrs. The board claims that they can do whatever they want.

Not a fun situation.
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They generally cannot reduce that pay until the contract expires unless the contract has provisions that allow it. He could even sue to enforce it
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Thank you so much for the info.
I will forward this all to him.

God bless you!
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