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Senior Editorial Advisor

Sarah E. Merkle

Sarah E. Merkle

Sarah E. Merkle

Sarah is one of five attorneys in the world to have earned the credentials Certified Professional Parliamentarian-Teacher and Professional Registered Parliamentarian. She helps boards, associations, churches, nonprofits, and public bodies navigate rules applicable to governance and business meetings. Sarah is the editor of the blog, The Law of Order: A Resource on Parliamentary Procedure & the Law, providing accessible answers to organizations’ most common questions.

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

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Meetings Matter: A Crash Course for Church Leaders Member access only

Quick tips and insights for effectively running anything from a board meeting to a congregational meeting.
Mastering Meeting Basics
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Mastering Meeting Basics

A five-part series providing simple and straightforward guidance to church leaders.
Running a Virtual Church Business Meeting
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Running a Virtual Church Business Meeting Member access only

A quick guide to conducting church business virtually.
Taking Minutes at a Church Business Meeting
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Taking Minutes at a Church Business Meeting Member access only

How to properly document the official actions taken at a meeting.
Voting at a Church Business Meeting
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Voting at a Church Business Meeting Member access only

Four primary methods of voting that members and leaders should understand.
Making Motions at a Church Business Meeting
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Making Motions at a Church Business Meeting Member access only

Four questions to help ensure your motions follow proper parliamentary procedure.
Preparing for a Church Business Meeting
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Preparing for a Church Business Meeting Member access only

How to structure effective, legally sound meetings—and set their agendas.
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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
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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.
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How to Take a Vote in 5 Easy Steps

What you need to know to keep a meeting moving along.