The Laws of Texas, 1927 [Volume 25] Page: 84 of 1,111
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68 GENERAL AND SPECIAL LAWS.
H. B. No. 231.] CHAPTER 45.
An Act to authorize the judge of any district court, or other court having
jurisdiction, to appoint a receiver or receivers for any defunct or dis organized
church or congregation and authorize the management, sale or
other disposition of any and all properties, real, personal or mixed, and
choses in action; and authorizing such court in such cases where such
church or congregation may not in the judgment of such court be reorganized
within a reasonable time, to deliver such property or its proceeds
to a church or congregation, a religious or governing body or other
ecclesiastical head, or a State missionary society, of like faith and order,
to be used or expended for the use of a church, churches, denomination or
communion of like faith and order; and declaring an emergency.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas:
SECTION! 1. That the judge of any district court, or other
court having jurisdiction, is hereby authorized and required
in term, time, or on vacation, to appoint a receiver or receivers
for any defunct or disorganized church or congregation when
the fact of such condition is brought to the attention of such
court by an application for the appointment of a receiver or receivers
for such defunct or disorganized church or congregation.
SEC. 2. That the receiver or receivers appointed for any
such defunct or disorganized church or congregation, shall be
a member or members of an active church or congregation of
like faith and order, or shall be a recognized missionary or
ecclesiastical body of like faith and order, denomination or communion;
and in case any such denomination or communion of
like faith and order, shall have a State Missionary Society, or
shall hereafter appoint, elect or organize, or cause to be appointed,
elected or organized, such a State Missionary Society,
and shall authorize the same to act as a receiver or trustee for
such denomination or communion, then such State Missionary
Society, or other similar organization so formed and named,
shall be appointed to serve as receiver or trustee by said court.
SEC. 3. That it shall be the duty of such trustee or trustees
when so appointed, to take charge of all property, real, personal
or mixed, and choses in action, belonging to such defunct
or disorganized church or congregation and administer the same
under the direction of the court making the appointment, for the
best interest of such defunct or disorganized church or congregation;
and where necessary to preserve the property, to sell
the same under the order of said court; and in case said court
shall be of the opinion that said church or congregation may
not be revived or reorganized within a reasonable time, it shall
be the duty of said court to order all of said property sold at
public or private sale, and the proceeds received from such sale
or sales shall be turned over and delivered to said trustee or
trustees to be used by them for a church or congregation, denomination
or communion or organization of like faith and order.
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