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Making Motions at a Church Business Meeting

Four questions to help ensure your motions follow proper parliamentary procedure.

Making Motions at a Church Business Meeting
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Have you ever attended a business meeting and wondered what exactly is happening when people make motions? Maybe you’ve wondered why it’s necessary at all. Or perhaps the process is generally familiar to you, but you get tripped up from time to time on the little details of how motions work.

Whatever your level of understanding, this article explores four questions to help ensure your motions follow proper parliamentary procedure.

What is a motion?

A motion is a proposal for specific action. It’s the vehicle by which a group makes an official decision to do or not do a certain thing.

If you think generally about how decisions are made when more than one person is involved, they typically follow a standard format: (1) they start with the proposal of an idea (e.g., “Let’s get Taco Bell for lunch!”); (2) they often involve some level of discussion (e.g., “McDonalds ...

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  • September 20, 2022

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