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When Church Business Meetings Go Electronic

What to do if phone and Internet tools are used for off-site participants.

When Church Business Meetings Go Electronic
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The night of a church's monthly board meeting arrives. The agenda includes a critical and time-sensitive issue. Unfortunately, only four board members show up, two less than the six members needed for a quorum, according to the church bylaws. The four members wait several minutes for additional members to arrive. After half an hour, the pastor reaches two members by telephone. Both are out of town and unable to attend the meeting in person, but the pastor is able to connect them both by a conference call, and then activates the speaker phone so that both of them can hear and be heard along with the other members who are physically present. The pastor and board are confident that this arrangement satisfies the quorum requirement.

But does it? Must board members be physically present to be included in a quorum? Is a board meeting legal if one or more members participate by means of a conference ...

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  • February 26, 2014

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