Congregational (non) Meetings

The Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed that the courts can determine if a church follows the accepted rules of order for a congregational meeting. In the case of Reid vs. Gohlson 1985, when a lower court determined that the church did not follow accepted rules of order, the court had the right to appoint an individual (commissioner in chancery) to “run and oversee” a congregational meeting to insure its fairness. In the case of MBC the following is occurring:

— MBC has not read and ratified previous meeting minutes

— With online, quorum is no longer established; voting is allowed from Wednesday through Sunday

— In the case of financial meetings, financial reports are too general to render specifics about the budget

— MBC no longer recognizes motions from the floor; leadership has had Fairfax County Police escort individuals out for making motions from the floor