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Governance

Administration, denominations, boards, polity, mandatory policies

Q&A: When Board Members Resign

Q&A: When Board Members Resign Member access only

What should we do when board members want to resign before their term is over?
Board Monitoring of Church Finances: What to Do—and When

Board Monitoring of Church Finances: What to Do—and When Member access only

A step-by-step guide for meetings.
Q&A: Editing Bylaws

Q&A: Editing Bylaws Member access only

Can we correct grammatical errors without calling a meeting to amend our bylaws?
Answering Listeners’ Questions About Legal Issues

Answering Listeners’ Questions About Legal Issues

Tackling board member liability, religious worker visas, childcare policies for home Bible studies, compensation-setting practices, and more!
North CarolinaNorth Carolina

In a Battle of Bylaws, Court’s Intervention with Pastor’s Firing Found Proper Member access only

Appellate court says church dispute didn't involve doctrine, meaning lower court's decision could stand.
VirginiaVirginia

Court Can Resolve Church Dispute over the Election of a New Pastor Member access only

Such intervention is allowed if the court does not address religious doctrine or polity.
The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill and What You Should Consider Before Changing Your Bylaws, with Guest Mike Cosper

The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill and What You Should Consider Before Changing Your Bylaws, with Guest Mike Cosper

Why a shift in church governance can lead to unexpected results.
The Dangers of a Quiet Governance Change

The Dangers of a Quiet Governance Change Member access only

Subtly shifting who has authority to make key decisions in your church may make sense—but may also erode congregational trust.
Why Church Meetings Go Off the Rails

Why Church Meetings Go Off the Rails

An interview with parliamentary procedure expert attorney Sarah Merkle.
MarylandMaryland

Board Possessed Legal Authority to Fire Its Pastor Member access only

State nonprofit corporation law factored heavily in the court's ruling.
The Basics of Running a Legally Sound Church Business Meeting
On-Demand Webinar

The Basics of Running a Legally Sound Church Business Meeting

Attorneys Richard Hammar and Sarah E. Merkle discuss best practices for implementing and following parliamentary procedures.
17 Changes Relevant to Churches in Newest Robert’s Rules of Order

17 Changes Relevant to Churches in Newest Robert’s Rules of Order Member access only

Leaders should note these changes before their next official church business meeting.

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