Thursday, June 13, 2013

Not just for pastors

Kevin DeYoung gives very good advice, but not just for pastors. Active laymen and women need to know the basics, too.
Like it or not, pastors really need to know some about Robert’s Rules of Order, especially if you want to make a positive contribution at a national convention, synod, or assembly. I often consult the “In Brief” version of Robert’s Rules.

For online help, this is a nice introductory site with a complete text of the 1915 Order. Here are a few other survival tips. And these six pages will be more than enough for most people. Print out the tables, study them for an hour, and learn how to be much more effective in deliberations and assemblies which use parliamentary procedure.

Many denominations, institutions, and boards have veered off course simply because the good guys never bothered to figure out how things get done. ....
As DeYoung indicates, the "six pages" will be enough for most people, but having a copy of Robert's is useful for the index when more obscure procedures occur.