Can Church Members Demand an Accounting and Require a Church to Disclose Funds?
Typically, the authorized uses of church funds is governed by a document, such as a charter, and the bylaws it contains. Specific expenditures are often required to be approved by board members in a resolution that is recorded in meeting minutes. It may be possible to recover funds if they were not authorized to be spent for the matter involved.The answer will depend on whether the applicable rules and procedures were followed regarding the funds. The governing documents may require the budget to be published or made available. I suggest reading the bylaws and other governing documents carefully to determine the rights and obligations of the church in regard to disclosure of funds. The answer will depend on all the circumstances, I suggest you contact a local attorney who can review all the facts and documents involved.
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