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The primary unit of organization of a local church is the society.

The society consists of all the adult members of the local church.  Under the by-laws outlined in Chapter 3, the society must meet at least once a year.  This meeting is typically known as the “annual meeting.”   Other special “society meetings” may be held as needed.

The society has the authority for the direction of the church.   All of the officers, the official board and all committees and organizations functioning within the church are ultimately responsible to the society.   The society has the authority for approving all major decisions affecting the church.  (See ¶310.3.)