I ended up finding S I by doing a search on church Incorporation. There was talk in my church of doing so and I wanted a working understanding so I could offer a well informed vote once the time came.
There is a great deal riding on the outcome of this vote. For me personaly as well as for the other members and the church its self. I know from what I read on the old site that feelings run high on this subject and I don't wish to cause strife but at the same time I really wish input from all points of view and so I would ask anyone who would post to meet a couple of quilifiers. First being that you pray before you post. Hopefully not too odd a request on a christian site. And the second thing I would ask is that you state where you stand. I.E. a person holding a position in a church that stands the chance of being named should legal action ever be taken against that church. I can understand that person having a point of view different from someone not in the same "hot seat".
My stand is from being director of Baptist men and so a member of the church counsil.
My personal stand is all about who is head of the church. And I took this up with some of the deacons. I was told that the church by-laws etc would stand. And yet the charter etc will have to be drawn up all over. And I was told that nothing would change and that the state would not be able or would not try and run or rule the church. 2 weeks ago a document was left out for those who cared to read. It stated that once Incorporated, The state would not ALLOW us to speak for or against anyone running for public office.
As we stand,(the church) We have every right to say what we like. The constitution does not allow the government to make or enforce a law otherwise. "Congress shall make no law regarding an establishment of religion."
Is the financial security of a few worth selling out the whole congregation ? Right now we are free and clear. We have only GOD to answer to.
Either Christ is sovereign or the state. It can not be both. Those are my feelings. I have no idea if I am in a "Hot seat" or not but I'm very sure that it don't matter. Does it ? If I feel this way can I remain with this church if they do Incorporate ? Can I agree to be bound not to speak as I feel led ?