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Senior Editorial Advisor

Sarah E. Merkle

Sarah E. Merkle

Sarah E. Merkle

Sarah is one of five lawyers worldwide to have earned the credentials Certified Professional Parliamentarian-Teacher (CPP-T) and Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP). She helps boards, associations, churches, nonprofits, and public bodies navigate rules applicable to governance and business meetings. Sarah is the founder and CEO of Civility, LLC, where she creates resources designed to make parliamentary procedure more accessible to lay users and advises clients in matters of governance and parliamentary procedure.

Sarah became an Editorial Advisor for Church Law & Tax in 2018, and a Senior Editorial Advisor in 2020.

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Do Your Church’s Governing Documents Allow Virtual Business Meetings? Member access only

Answering this crucial question can help legally validate decisions made during the coronavirus outbreak—and beyond.
5 Questions Churches Should Ask Before Holding a Virtual Business Meeting
ChurchLawAndTax.com

5 Questions Churches Should Ask Before Holding a Virtual Business Meeting

How church leaders can ensure their decisions are valid if an in-person meeting isn’t possible.
ChurchLawAndTax.com

4 Ways to Make an Agenda Work for You

Consider which approach may work best for your meetings.
Why Taking Minutes Is a “Must”
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Why Taking Minutes Is a “Must”

Four reasons to take thorough, accurate minutes at your meetings.
Making a Motion
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Making a Motion

Infographic: What making a main motion looks like during a meeting.
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Why You Should Remove Certain Reports from Your Meeting Agenda

And how to find which ones don't need to be presented.
ChurchLawAndTax.com

How to Keep Your Meetings Short

The secret to making meetings brief and efficient.
Meeting the Mandate
Church Finance Today

Meeting the Mandate

Church workers must get health insurance—five tips to help them.
Developing an Emergency Operations Plan
Church Law & Tax Report

Developing an Emergency Operations Plan Member access only

Steps FEMA says churches should take now—before a crisis unfolds.
Churches and Released Time Programs for Public Schools
Church Law & Tax Report

Churches and Released Time Programs for Public Schools Member access only

Steps for developing and maintaining a constitutionally sound effort.