E.10. Regional Reference Person

Appointment of a Regional Reference Person

The IRP may appoint a person to be the RRP for a geographical, ethnic, or language region (see Note III. Avoiding National Structures [print version page 100]), in consultation with local leaders. To be appointed as an RRP, a leader must

  1. have led and organized a strong, well-functioning RC Community over a substantial period of time;
  2. have judgment consistent with RC theory and policy;
  3. have corrected rather than defended mistakes; and
  4. be respected and supported by other leaders and teachers in that Region.

 RRPs are responsible to the IRP and act primarily as the IRP’s deputies in developing and supporting leadership. They hold their position at the discretion of the IRP, in consultation with the leaders of the Region.

Role of the Regional Reference Person

The primary responsibility of the RRP is the continued re-emergence of both existing and new leaders in the Region.

An RRP also endorses, along with the IRP and the ARP, all new credentials issued to teachers within the Region. The RRP may organize and coordinate Regional workshops and make recommendations to the IRP on the spending of International Outreach Funds in the Region.

The RRP works together with teachers, other Reference Persons, and the Complaint Review Committee (as appropriate to the individual situation) to address issues and concerns raised using Guideline M.5. Handling Oppressor Patterns, including Sexual Misconduct, and Addressing Mistakes, Disagreements, and Criticism.

Relationship to the Area

An RRP is not to assume any of the functions of the ARP (unless the RRP is also the ARP). The RRP is to be available to consult with and support ARPs, leaders’ groups, and teachers in Developing Communities in the Region. An RRP’s job is to help develop, lead, support, encourage, and assist the leaders of the Region. (In general, leading Co-Counselors is the responsibility of the ARP, Area leadership groups, and teachers.) In Developing Communities, the RRP carries out the responsibilities of an ARP as detailed in Guideline E.6. Functions of the ARP.  

The RRP will assist the ARP in scheduling a self-estimation with Area members every two years. (See Guideline E.7. Area Membership Meetings and Note II. Self-Estimation [print version page 100])

The RRP’s geographic region does not have sharp borders. The RRP is expected to cooperate with the RRPs of any adjacent Regions. The RRPs are to support each other and coordinate leadership in all of their Regions.


We need RRPs to develop and support leaders. They can do this without creating any unneeded administrative structures.

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