Preparative Meeting

 

MEETING TYPE DETAILS

Name

Preparative Meeting

Preparative Meetings represented the lowest rung of the Quaker organizational structure. They were originally formed in the late 1690s as a means of reducing the amount of business at MMs; they were designed to "prepare" business for the MMs. Throughout history, PMs held a less formal business meeting than the MMs, QMs, or YM. PMs usually met one week prior to its MM. They were usually comprised of one or more meetings for worship.
 
An important function of PMs in the 1700s was the discussion of the behavior of members. When a member behaved in a way that was considered inappropriate, the PM would send the overseers to visit the person. If the overseers were unable to reach a satisfactory conclusion, they would take the matter to the MM for further discussion. PMs usually appointed representatives to MMs.
 
In the early 20th century, Friends found it helpful to simplify the organizational structure by eliminating PMs. Each MM was allowed to proceed as it saw fit; when the PM was laid down, its MWs became subordinate to the MM instead. The last historic PM was Richland, which was laid down in 1973. Ohio YM has had no PMs in the past decade.

OTHER MEETING TYPES

Yearly Meeting

Quarterly Meeting

Monthly Meeting

Larger Quaker Bodies

Committee

Meeting for Worship

 

SAMPLE MEETING TYPES

Centre Preparative Meeting

Fallowfield Prepartive Meeting

Head of Wheeling Preparative Meeting

Pike Run Preparative Meeting

Providence Preparative Meeting

Redstone Preparative Meeting

Richland Preparative Meeting

Ridge Preparative Meeting

Sandy Creek Preparative Meeting

Sandy Hill Preparative Meeting

Sewickley Preparative Meeting

Stewart's Crossing Preparative Meeting

Westland Preparative Meeting

Salem Preparative Meeting

Bethel Preparative Meeting

Middleton Preparative Meeting

New Garden Preparative Meeting

Springfield Preparative Meeting

Sandy Spring Preparative Meeting

Elk Run Preparative Meeting

Fairfield Preparative Meeting

Lexington Preparative Meeting

Carmel Preparative Meeting

Marlborough Preparative Meeting

Kendal Preparative Meeting

 

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