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Any Baptist church, incorporated under any law of this state, may resolve to merge and consolidate with any other Baptist church by a two-thirds vote of the members having the right to vote, who are present at a meeting of said church duly called, and held upon the notice required by section 16:2-1 of this title. Such church shall make a certificate of the adoption of the resolution of the members to merge or consolidate and the name of the consolidated corporation over its corporate seal and the signature of the president and secretary or clerk of the meeting, or the president and secretary of its board of trustees, and shall verify it by the affidavit of such officers. The certificate shall then be presented to the incorporated Baptist church with which it is resolved to merge and consolidate and the same shall be submitted to a meeting of the members of the latter church. If two-thirds of the members present and voting at such meeting consent thereto, a certificate thereof shall be made, executed and verified in the same manner as is required of the certificate of merger and consolidation. This certificate shall be attached to the first, and both shall be filed in the office of the clerk of the county where the churches are located. Thereupon said churches shall be consolidated, merged or united, and the church with which such merger, consolidation and union is effected shall be entitled to and invested with all the real and personal property, rights, powers, privileges and franchises belonging to such church so merging, consolidating and uniting, but subject to all its debts and liabilities.
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