Cincinnati, OH asked in Contracts and Business Law for Ohio

Q: Do church Members have the right to see their Minister's contract?

Our congregation is very unhappy with the Minister because he has not upheld the terms of the original contract he signed four years ago. He re-wrote his own contract, without input from the Board, and refuses to show it to Members of the congregation who have asked to see it.

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Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: If the contract is between the minister and the board, then it is the board's decision if the members can see the contract. But if the church is organized as an Ohio non-profit corporation, the members could take legal action to obtain access to the contract. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local Ohio attorney to review the church By-Laws and advise you.

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