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Board Meetings: Writing Congregational Bylaws

The questions that arise concerning board meetings are similar to questions about congregational meetings; they cover topics such as frequency of meetings, notice, quorum, and voting. Most boards meet monthly, with provisions for skipping meetings if no business will be transacted. Most boards have a quorum of 50 percent plus 1; most require a simple majority for decisions to carry. Some bylaws require notice of meetings to be made to the congregation, whereas others require that the minutes of the meetings be made available within a reasonable amount of time. These provisions and related ones are included in the following sections, and some of these factors are covered in the examples in the "Congregational Meetings" section.

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