Service Description for Church Moderator
Proverbs 24:23 – “These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to show partiality in judgment.” (NKJV)
James 1:19 – “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak…” (KJV)
I Cor. 14:40 – “Let all things be done decently and in order.” (KJV)
Bylaws Description for Church Moderator:
The Church Moderator is a layman elected annually to carry out the Parliamentary Procedure needed at all Church Business Meetings. The Moderator fulfills a neutral role when presiding at regular and special called business meetings.
Policy and Procedures Description for Church Moderator:
Service Title: Church Moderator
Ministry Purpose: To prepare and preside at church business meetings, that is, to coordinate and facilitate productive church business in an orderly, efficient manner; to speak for the church and be the keeper of fellowship.
Service Relationships: The Church Moderator is: 1) to work with the Pastor and Church Officers to prepare the agenda for all business meetings; 2) follow up after each business meeting with the Church Clerk, responsible committees, and individuals to ensure that decisions made are executed properly; 3) be in touch with as many members as possible to know the spirit and mood of the congregation; 4) serves as a member of the Administrative Business Council.
- Maintain the spirit of Christian love and fellowship while presiding by conducting meeting in an orderly manner.
- Be familiar with prescribed parliamentary procedures.
- Insist that motions be stated and seconded before they are discussed.
- Call on the person who made the motion to discuss it first.
- Encourage full and free debate. Lead member to talk through their disagreements.
- Alternate discussions so as to bring out both sides of a question.
- Allow members who have not spoken to be given preference over one who has. Be fair and courteous with all.
- Respect the minority who has a right to be heard, even though the majority must prevail.
- Always take the affirmative vote first, then the negative vote – and always take and record the results.
For more information, see: Church Officers – Part A - from Church Staff Digest June 2006, Documentation Is Important, Part Seven
Disclaimer: All job descriptions/service descriptions are intended as a guide and may or may not fit the vision, purpose and practice of every church.