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  1. I managed to simplify my question. This is the relevant line from our current constitution (church) C12.05. d. The Congregation Council shall prepare an annual budget for adoption by this congregation, (emphasis added) shall supervise the expenditure of funds in accordance therewith following its adoption, and may incur obligations of more than $ 10, 000 in excess of the anticipated receipts only after approval by a Congregation Meeting. The budget shall include this congregation's full indicated share in support of the wider ministry being carried on in partnership with the synod and
  2. The process for amending the bylaws in the organization state that, unless otherwise specified, the amendment becomes effective upon publishing of the amended bylaws. Past precedent has had bylaws that have had certain effective dates (the bylaw states that it becomes effective on January 1, 2012), but I have not seen any bylaws listed with an event triggering the amendment. I'm still working on the dissolution of the church...they have retained a lawyer who has said the process starts with the resolution to dissolve in their elder board. Further discussions with the lawyer have given th
  3. I have been called in to consult on an independent church that is dissolving after 105 years and merging with another similar church in the city. When they first incorporated, state law did not require a dissolution article in the bylaws, so none was added. RONR11 is vague on the topic, other than saying to follow state laws regarding the dissolution. The church is consulting with an attorney regarding the assets, liabilities, etc. State laws say that the body of the corporation (as a non-stockholding corporation) must vote on the dissolution. My questions: 1) Would this be a
  4. Our church has by-laws that dictate the number of members per committee. Due to the decrease in our church size, it is being proposed that we suspend the by-laws that govern the types of committees and their sizes in order to try a different structure with fewer members. Is this suspension allowed inder RROO?
  5. I am a pastor of a small church, where I am asked to moderate all business meetings. We are faced with a situation where, due to a poor economy and church financial situations, my salary package will probably be decreased. Should I, as the moderator of the business meeting, recuse myself for the purpose of this discussion? If not, could I ask/answer questions in my position as moderator? Any clarification would be greatly appreciated!
  6. Can any church member attend a church committee meeting if they wish? Can they participate if recognized by the chair? What do you have to do to close a meeting? Do church committee meetings require a public announcement? TY
  7. My question is regarding a church annual meeting that uses Roberts' Rules. 1. Must budget line items (and total operating budget) be passed by a 2/3 majority or does a simple majority suffice? 2. If a budget salary line item is amended on annual meeting floor by a congregation member, despite the fact that an Executive Board is charged by church bylaws to sign all contracts and employ all personnel, does the annual meeting vote trump the Executive Board vote's vote (to employ that person for less money than the annual meeting voted for, by a very close margin)? THANK YOU for any help with thes
  8. I have two related questions about balloted elections and business sessions in a church setting. We have three worship services each weekend. We do balloted elections for two items a year: approval of the budget and election of deacons. In the case of the budget, all discussion and amendments has been done in a single business session the weekend before. In the case of the deacons, a slate is presented to the church via publications and then voted on. (The bylaws specify that the slate as brought by the nominating committee is the only persons that can be voted on, as the nomination process ha
  9. Does RONR cover church governing board meetings and whether or not they are open to the whole church or always closed? If so, what does it say on this topic? Is there another source that would cover this type of question? (by-laws, Contitution of the denomination, etc.)
  10. We are having an annual meeting at church. We will be discussing our budget, namely the salaries of our paid staff. Can we make a motion that the pastor and his family (who are all church members) leave the meeting so that the church body can discuss the budget freely without the pastor and family knowing who says what? thank you.
  11. Is it permissable to ask staff to leave when discussing staff compensation and performance?
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