Church Clerk

A local church officer who is the secretary of all the business meetings of the church, including its board meetings, and keeps up to date the church record book containing a record of these meetings and the membership list. The clerk adds or drops names from the membership list, but only by vote of the church (except when a member dies, then the clerk records the date of death without church action). The clerk also carries on the correspondence in connection with transfer of members to or from other churches. In addition, the clerk keeps a record of special services, fills out the credentials for delegates to the conference session, and furnishes certain reports requested by the conference, among these, reports of membership from the clerk’s records.

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.