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Are committees required to take minutes at meetings and make the minutes public?


The Book of Discipline does not speak to the issue of minutes at local church committee meetings. However, it is a prudent practice for committees, especially those dealing with legal issues, to keep minutes of each meeting and distribute them to appropriate individuals. The Guidelines for Managing Records of the Local Church and the Annual Conference published by the General Commission on Archives and History recommends retaining minutes and other committee records permanently.