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Church LawEpisode 5|35 min|October 25, 2021

Why Church Meetings Go Off the Rails

An interview with parliamentary procedure expert attorney Sarah Merkle.

Why Church Meetings Go Off the Rails

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In this episode, Erika interviews attorney Sarah Merkle, one of only five lawyers in the world to have earned the credentials of Certified Professional Parliamentarian-Teacher and Professional Registered Parliamentarian.

Together they discuss why tense moments can arise during church meetings—especially ones that include a vote on important issues. In addition, they review the importance of up-to-date bylaws and other important church documents.

In addition to her certification, Sarah is the blog editor and primary contributor for The Law of Order: A Resource on Parliamentary Procedure & the Law. Sarah is also a senior editorial advisor for Christianity Today’s Church Law & Tax.

Show Notes:

Downloadable PDF on Church Bylaws.

Visit Sarah Merkle’s blog at Civility.co

Questions? We welcome them! Please email Erika Cole at contact@takethenextcall.com

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Erika E. Cole, Esq., known as The Church Attorney®, is one of only a handful of attorneys in the nation who practices exclusively in the area of church law. She currently serves as a senior editorial advisor for Christianity Today’s ChurchLawAndTax.com.

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