Senior Editorial Advisor

Sarah E. Merkle

Sarah E. Merkle

Sarah E. Merkle

Sarah is a professional parliamentarian and presiding officer. 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, corporations, and public bodies navigate rules applicable to governance and business meetings. Sarah is the blog editor and primary contributor for The Law of Order: A Resource on Parliamentary Procedure & the Law.

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

Recent Articles by Sarah E. Merkle

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4 Ways to Make an Agenda Work for You
Managing Your Church

4 Ways to Make an Agenda Work for You

Consider which approach may work best for your meetings.
Why Taking Minutes Is a “Must”
Managing Your Church

Why Taking Minutes Is a “Must”

Here are 4 reasons to take thorough, accurate minutes at your meetings.
Making a Motion
Managing Your Church

Making a Motion

Infographic: What making a main motion looks like during a meeting.
Why You Should Remove Certain Reports from Your Meeting Agenda
Managing Your Church

Why You Should Remove Certain Reports from Your Meeting Agenda

And how to find which ones don't need to be presented.
How to Keep Your Meetings Short
Managing Your Church

How to Keep Your Meetings Short

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

Meeting the Mandate Member access only

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.

ChurchSalary

ChurchSalary

Let ChurchSalary do the work. Get personalized compensation reports for staff and pastors.

Essential Guide to Money for Church Boards

Essential Guide to Money for Church Boards  Member access only

Church board members should have a basic understanding of these financial issues.
Church Issues: Same-Sex Marriage and Gender Identity

Church Issues: Same-Sex Marriage and Gender Identity Member access only

Richard Hammar reviews public accommodations laws.