REFORMATION PARTY, USA NATIONAL COUNCIL OF OFFICER
OFFICIAL MINUTES – JANUARY 5, 2013
This was our agenda for the meeting:
1. We need to discuss the roles of the officers for 2013. Currently, I [that is, Mark Hausam] am moderator and Parnell is secretary. Dustin took our minutes and recorded other things. Brian Hanley is now our webmaster as well.
2. We need to discuss Brian's new designs for the website.
3. We need to discuss methods of forming various chapters of the Reformation Party. We have our United States Council. How can members form more local chapters? What about chapters in other nations and their relationship to the US council? Etc.
4. We need to discuss the possibility of endorsing some kind of formal covenant as a party, in the tradition of the Solemn League and Covenant and other covenants the people of God have taken up in the past. (See section from email from Parnell on this pasted below.)
5. We need to discuss having by-laws, and Ray Perkins's thoughts on the subject. (See email from Ray Perkins below section from Parnell's email as well as attached document.)
6. On a more mundane note, we should briefly discuss protocol regarding non-council-members who might want to be present at council meetings (that is, on the telephone with us).
1. The Council meeting opened with prayer (by Parnell McCarter) at around 10:30 AM (EST). Present at the meeting were Mark Hausam, Parnell McCarter, and Brian Hanley, all three of whom were recently elected to the Council of Officers for the year of 2013.
2. We began by discussing agenda item #1. It was decided that Mark Hausam will continue as moderator of meetings for 2013. Parnell McCarter will continue as secretary. Brian Hanley joins us as web manager. Mark Hausam will also write up the minutes for each meeting.
3. The question also came up as to whether we should look into officially and legally registering as a political party, as hitherto we have been an informal group rather than a formal political party. It was decided that Mark Hausam would do some initial research into how to go about seeking formal registration as a political party and report his research back to the Council for further discussion of the topic.
4. The Council then discussed issues related to the Reformation Party website, per agenda item #2. We decided that we ought to consider how to better structure the website to make it more intuitive and accessible to people. Particularly, the website ought to be divided up into more clear categories, such as by having a section devoted to explaining the basic philosophy of the Reformation Party, its reason for existence and fundamental goals, etc., another section discussing practical methodology and suggestions for practical action at the local level, etc. and so on. Mark Hausam said he would consider some specific ideas along these lines to help the Council move forward in doing this.
5. In the context of this conversation, we discussed some additions to the website that we feel are needed, including an FAQ section where frequently asked questions and common objections could be succinctly answered, a document containing easily accessible practical advice as to what individuals can do to help advance the goals of the Reformation Party, and a document containing the Reformation Party's vision for what it's own purpose, function, and role is in furthering its basic principles and goals. It was decided that, before the next meeting, each of the members of the Council of Officers will present to the Council five ideas for how individuals can get practically involved in the work of the Party that can be considered for inclusion in the “practical advice” document mentioned above.
6. It was also discussed that it would be good to make up some pithy advertisements, of a sort, which by means of images, short phrases, etc., could express key ideas relating to the principles and goals of the Reformation Party. Brian Hanley said he would work on this to show the rest of the Council what he has in mind in this regard.
7. In connection with agenda item #3, the Council then moved on to discussion of the organization of the Reformation Party, particularly with regard to how local councils should be formed and would relate to the national councils. It was noted that this section of the Reformation Party website - http://www.reformationparty.org/future.htm – contains information on how to form national councils in other nations and how all the national councils would be connected together, but that there is no place where the Party has spelled out anything similar with regard to local councils subordinate to the national councils. It was decided that, as part of the website overhaul, something on this subject should be written up. More specifically, the Council decided that it may be appropriate to describe something like a three-tiered process in terms of the formation of local councils: The first tier would simply be individuals in a given community finding informal ways to advance the goals of the Party (such as those that might be suggested in the “practical advice” document mentioned in #5 above). The second tier would be for individuals to become formally registered with the Party as Coordinators for their area of a Campaign for Community Biblical Governance (along the lines discussed here – http://www.reformationparty.org/campaign.htm). The third tier would be for an official local council to be formed. This would occur when there are ten voting members of the Reformation Party in a local area who decide to incorporate themselves in this way. That new local council would function analogously to the national council, but subordinate to it.
8. The Council then moved on to agenda item #5. It was agreed that it would be desirable to have formal bylaws, and that Parnell McCarter will invite Ray Perkins to present his ideas regarding the process of creating such bylaws at the next meeting of the Council. It was also decided that there would be a time limit on this part of the next meeting, perhaps an hour, so as to make room for other subjects to be discussed as well. The Council discussed some of the questions raised by Mr. Perkins in previous correspondence with the Council which are relevant to the formation of bylaws.
9. The Council was not able to get to agenda item #4, but determined that the issue will be discussed either at the next Council meeting or at least within the time period before the next meeting.
10. In connection with agenda item #6, it was decided that this should be determined on a case-by-case basis.
11. The meeting closed with prayer (by Mark Hausam) at around 12:15 AM (EST).