Parlimentary Guide for Church Leaders

ISBN-10: 1433671506

ISBN-13: 9781433671500

Edition: 2012

Authors: C. Barry McCarty

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Written by the chief parliamentarian of the Southern Baptist Convention,A Parliamentary Guide for Church Leadershas become a standard reference work in the field of church administration for ministers, seminary students, church leaders, convention officers and delegates/messengers. Dr. McCarty draws on over thirty years of experience as a pastor and a professional parliamentarian to make the essential rules of procedure understandable for ordinary people seeking to effectively participate in meetings of their church, denominational convention, or other business gatherings.For the past quarter century, twelve presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention have relied on the author’s expertise to guide them through the annual sessions of the largest deliberative assembly in the world. Now, this silver anniversary edition brings users into the twenty-first century with additional notes on special considerations for multi-site churches and an entire chapter on conflict resolution.
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List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550

C. Barry McCartyis senior pastor of Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also chief parliamentarian of the Southern Baptist Convention, advising the SBC president during the annual sessions of the largest evangelical body in the world.

General Principles
Group Decisions Should Be Made in an Orderly Fashion
The Majority Rules
The Minority Must Not Be Suppressed
Every Member has the Right to Be Heard and to Hear What Other Members Have to Say
All Members have Equal Rights, Privileges, and Responsibilities
Members Have the Right to Know What Is Going On
Where to Find Your Rules
The Bible
Corporate Charter
Rules of Order
Standing Rules
Church Membership Covenant
How Important is Parliamentary Procedure to Your Church Business Meetings?
Basic Procedure
A Member Makes the Motion
Another Member Seconds the Motion
The Chair States the Question on the Motion
The Members Debate the Motion
The Chair Puts the Question to a Vote
Methods of Voting
Voice Vote
Rising Vote
Show of Hands
Ballot Vote
General Consent
Types of Votes
Majority Vote
Two-thirds Vote
The Chair Announces the Result of the Vote
Voice Vote
Rising Majority Vote
Rising Two-thirds Vote
Counted Majority Vote
Counted Two-thirds Vote
Counted Majority Vote When the Chair Makes or Breaks a Tie
Counted Two-thirds Vote when the Chair's Vote Affects the Results
What Class of Motion Is It?
Main Motions
Subsidiary Motions
Privileged Motions
Incidental Motions
Restorative Motions
What Is the Purpose of the Motion
What Is the Order of Precedence of the Motion
Privileged Motions
Subsidiary Motions
What Are the Basic Rules Governing the Use of This Motion?
Purpose, Description and Form for Making Motions
Postpone Indefinitely
Refer to Committee
Postpone to a Certain Time
Limit or Extend Debate
Previous Question
Lay on the Table
Call for the Orders of the Day
Question of Privilege
Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn
Point of Order
Parliamentary Inquiry
Request for Information
Division of the Assembly
Division of a Question
Suspend the Rules
Rescind or Amend Something Previously Adopted
Take from the Table
How to Give a Parliamentary Speech
Say Clearly, Concisely, and Immediately Why You Wish to Have the Floor
Make One Simple, Bold Point to Support Your Position on the Pending Question
Prove Your Point
Restate Your Thesis and Call for Action
Basic Parliamentary Strategy
What to Do Before the Meeting
Know the Rules
Get the Facts
Write Out Your Motion Ahead of Time
Have a Respected Seconder for Your Motion and Line up Your Support
What to Do During the Meeting
Position Your Motion for Favorable Consideration
Expose Weaknesses in Your Opponents' Argument by Asking Questions
Use Parliamentary Inquiries to Be Sure Your Supporters Know How to Vote on Procedural Quesitons Affecting Your Motion
Speak and Vote Against Indefinite Postponement
Support Any Amendments That Would Strengthen Your Motion
Speak and Vote Against Attempts to Delay Action on Your Motion
Use the Previous Question to Your Advantage
Use the Motion to Recess to Your Advantage
Once Adopted, See That Your Motion Is Carried Out Immediately
Be Sure the Minutes of the Meeting Fully and Accurately Record the Assembly's Action on Your Motion
If Your Motion Is Lost, Move to Reconsider or Renew It at a Future Meeting
How to Defeat a Motion
Speak Against the Motion
Vote Against the Motion
Expose Weakness in Arguments Offered by the Motion's Supporters
Move to Postpone Indefinitely
Move to Amend the Motion
Move to Delay Considerations of the Motion
Use the Previous Question to Your Advantage
Use the Motion to Recess to Your Advantage
Move to Adjourn
Raise a Point of No Quorum If You Doubt the Presence of a Quorum
If the Motion Passes, Move to Reconsider or to Rescind
What to Do If You Lose
Decorum in Debate
Types of Meetings
Essential Ingredients of a Meeting
Previous Notice
Minimum Officers
The Chairman
The Secretary
Quorum of Members
Order of Business
Call to Order
Reading and Approval of Minutes
Reports of Officers, Boards, and Standing Committees
Reports of Special Committees
Special Orders
Unfinished Business and General Orders
New Business
Special Orders and Other Exceptions to the Regular Order of Business
Special Considerations for Business Meetings in Multi-site and Multi-service Churches
What Committees Do
Standing Committees
Special Committees
How Committees Work
Writing Reports
Presenting Reports
Acting on Reports
Discharging a Committee
Convention Committees
Steps in Drafting or Revising Bylaws
The Assembly Establishes a Committee on Bylaws
The Committee Discovers What the Assembly Needs
The Committee Examines the Existing Documents
The Draft Sub-Committee Writes the Initial Draft
The Committee Reviews and Revises the Draft
The Committee Chairman Reports to the Assembly
The Assembly Considers the Committee's Report and Adopts the Bylaws
Content of Bylaws
Mission (Purpose or Object)
Board of Directors (Elders, Deacons, Trustees, etc.)
Parliamentary Authority
Amendment of Bylaws
Provisions for Resolving Conflict and Administering Church Discipline
Amending Bylaws
Tips on Drafting Bylaws and Amendments to Bylaws
Be Clear
Keep the Bylaws as Simple as Possible
Be Consistent
Use the Present Tense and the Indicative Mood
Keep Related Items Together
A Prayer for the Home Church of Each Reader Who Picks Up This Book
Relational Commitments from Peacemaker Ministries
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