Does your Church Need Both?
Sometimes when we analyze governance issues for our clients, we discover that they have two sets of governing documents: a constitution and bylaws. “Constitution” is the title most commonly associated with the governing document of an unincorporated association, whereas “bylaws” govern a corporation.
One of the main reasons churches have both documents is tradition: “It’s always been that way.” However, it is not legally necessary to have both, and in practice, it can lead to confusion, unclear answers, and unintended outcomes when the organization makes decisions. To prevent these problems, it is best if the organization has one set of governing documents that addresses all of the relevant governance issues. Continue reading “Constitution and Bylaws”