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

‘Ad hoc’ committees, performance evaluations leading to dismissal weren’t in church by-laws; manner of dismissal was insensitive
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 10/01/2015

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 its pastors and dealing with various issues. The bylaws don’t address the procedure for the removal of a senior pastor other than it requires a membership vote.