Constitution and functions
The organisation of the area meeting will vary, depending on its size. Each area meeting should decide how to manage local business to suit local needs and resources.
Area meeting time can often be used more efficiently if detailed matters can be prepared in advance. However the whole meeting should deal with matters which are fundamental to its identity as a spiritual community.
Area meetings may wish to work with other meetings to carry out certain functions such as managing property (see for example 5.08). Not all area meetings will need to set up a complex committee structure. Meetings should bear in mind the importance of balancing the benefits of flexible patterns with the need to be accountable. Whatever business arrangements are adopted, it is helpful if they are regularly reviewed, to ensure that they are practical and workable. It is also important that certain specific responsibilities are considered carefully.