Churches: Overview

When one party to a transaction is a church, care must be taken to determine exactly who or what the entity is that holds title and that proper authority exists for the transaction to take place. Church transactions often present challenging questions as to the structure of the church-entity and who is authorized to sign on its behalf. Issues of authority are especially sensitive in church transactions, and personal, emotional, and legal issues must be carefully addressed before insuring a transaction involving a church.


If the church is incorporated, it should be treated like any other corporate party. Difficulty and uncertainty arise when the church is an unincorporated association of some type, because few jurisdictions recognize these as separate legal entities.