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Open Meetings of the Board: Writing Congregational Bylaws

Sample Provisions

Example 1: Board meetings are open to all members of the church. Church members who are not Board members may speak at Board meetings, but may not make motions or vote at Board meetings.

Example 2: Meetings shall be open to the members of the congregation. Provision shall be made at meetings for non-Board members to address the Board. The Board may meet in executive session only to discuss personnel matters or to receive legal advice.

Example 3: Board meetings shall be open to the membership. All Board minutes shall be made available to the voting members and shall include the full text of any rules or guidelines that the Board passes.

Example 4: Regularly scheduled meetings shall be open to the membership and minutes of each meeting shall be made available to the congregational membership.

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