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Position Vacancy - How does it affect quorum?


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We have recently had our Associate Pastor resign from his position at our Church, Pastors are members (ex officio) of the Elder Board (non Pastoral Elders are elected).  Our Church Council is made up of our Elder Board and Trustee Board, next to the congregation it has the highest decision making authority in the Church.  With the Pastor having resigned (and now gone) does his vacancy in that position now affect obtaining a quorum at our Church Council meetings?    

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This would depend on the exact wording of your byws or other governing documents.  Absent some rule to the contrary RONR provides that the quorum is based on the number of actual, living, breathing members of the body.... not on the "authorized" membership.  One more point:  Again, depending on the wording of your bylaws, ex officio members (or members ex officio) often do not count for quorum purposes.

 

A few societies, particularly public bodies, have a different rule and the quorum and also the vote necessary to adopt legislation are based on the full, authorized membership of the body, regardless of vacancies.

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Well after reading our bylaws it states that the Pastor(s) are members of the Elder Board but does not specifically state that they are ex officio members. 

 

1.  The Board of Elders shall include the Pastor(s) and the other ordained Elders.

That is really the same thing as "ex officio":  being automatically on a board because of a position held.  (As distinct from being elected to the Board.)

 

But just to confuse things:  The bylaw you quoted puts "Pastor(s)" on the board, but does "Pastor(s)" include "Associate Pastors"?  Can your church have more than one "Pastor" who is not considered an "Associate" (or "Assistant" or the like) Pastor?  Is your Associate Pastor even on the board in the first place at all?

 

Your church will have to grapple with those questions.  We just ask 'em here, not answer 'em (unless the answer in is RONR).

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