As to Chartered Churches

We are asked the question as to what is meant by the term "Chartered Branch Churches." In reply we will say that a chartered branch church is a church which has been regularly incorporated under the laws of the state in which it is located. The branches thus incorporated are called Branch Churches. Those that have simply organized in an informal way without having taken the legal steps to incorporate, are usually designated as Societies, although sometimes called Branch Churches. The distinction between the chartered and the unchartered branch is simply that the one has legally incorporated and the other stands as a voluntary society.

It may be that the filing of a certificate with the proper authority would, under some statutes, constitute an incorporated church. This, however, would depend upon the provisions of the statute itself, and is a question which cannot be generally answered.

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Photographs of Churches
March 22, 1900

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