B.C. church must pay pastor more than $80,000 for wrongful dismissal (Legal View)

‘Ad hoc’ committees, performance evaluations weren’t in church bylaws
By Jeffrey Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/05/2015

The British Columbia Supreme Court has awarded a pastor more than $80,000 after he was wrongfully dismissed from a Vancouver church.


The Vancouver Chinese Baptist Church (VCBC) is an 800-member church and society in Vancouver. The church is governed by a set of bylaws that set out how members should lead their lives — “exemplary Christian” — and the process for appointing pastors and dealing with various issues. The bylaws don’t address the procedure for the removal of a senior pastor other than requiring a membership vote.