National Church May Sue to Compel Arbitration on Split of Local Body
Court says “new” church may be alter ego of former, and that equitable estoppel also applies
When representatives of the Evangelical Methodist Church met with individuals about forming an EMC church in Nampa, ID, the group created the New Heart Community Fellowship Evangelical Church of Nampa and signed an agreement with EMC agreeing to follow its rules and regulations. Five years later, the pastor informed EMC that he had resigned as pastor of New Heart and was serving as pastor for a new church called The Crossing.
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