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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Parliamentary Procedure

Volume 2 . Chapter 6 . § 6-12.3
Key point 6-12.3. Every church should adopt a system of parliamentary procedure to govern membership meetings. While Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, is a commonly used system, it is not the only available system and will not apply unless a church has adopted it in its governing documents.

An organization may adopt any procedure that it desires for the conduct of membership meetings. Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, or any other body of parliamentary procedure is not applicable unless specifically adopted. Hahn, 763 P.2d 522 (Ariz. App. 1988); Frankel v. Kissena Jewish Center, 544 N.Y.S.2d 955 (1989). Churches can and should select a specific body of parliamentary procedure by an appropriate clause in the church charter or bylaws. ...

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