Management & Leadership inMinistry An overview of the need & value of Robert’s Rules of Order
Why bother with“Roberts Rules of Order” and Parliamentary Procedures?
1) Robert’s Rules have consistently shown themselves to facilitate the orderly, civil and timely transaction of business.
2) Robert’s Rules have a long track record of demonstrating both fairness and sensitivity to the individual, while at the same time helping the entire organization operate efficiency.
Robert’s Rules are a set ofprocedural guidelines,developed over one hundred years(1876), designed to helporganizations (churches) conducttheir business meetings in the bestpossible manner.Story army engineer: Brigadier General Henry Martyn Robert
Read the story of the development of“Robert’s Rules of Order”http://westsidetoastmasters.com/resources/roberts_rules/appendix-f.htmlNote: be sure to see the second page of this article,by clicking on „next‟ in the bottom right hand corner of the web page
The great purpose of these rules is to „serve the will of the assembly, rather than to restrain it … to facilitate and not to obscure‟ the discussion & decision-making of the group.Paul Mason (Mason‟s Manual) Reason #5 for the Necessity of Rules of Procedure.http://www.documents.dgs.ca.gov/opsc/SAB_Agenda_Items/RulesProcedures/04-13-2010.pdf (20)
You will discover that despite the North American obsession with„individual rights and privileges‟, outof necessity, individuals can not and must not be allowed to do and say whatever they wish at business meetings. Robert’s Rules help to delineate what those limits are, inorder that interests of the whole can be achieved and respected.
National Association of Parliamentarians“Parliamentary procedure defines how groups ofpeople, no matter how formal or informal, canmost effectively meet & make decisions in a fair,consistent manner—and make good use ofeveryones time… These rules relate to theorderly transaction of business in meetings & tothe duties of officers in facilitating the conduct ofbusiness. Written rules of order help ensure thatthe organization functions smoothly & thatquestions about procedure can be resolvedquickly and fairly.” http://parliamentarians.org/definition.php
Three overarching principles of Robert’s Rules of Order The right of the majority to ultimately decide & rule The right of the minority to be heard The right of the individual to participate in a courteous, orderly decision-making process