Yes, it's time! For too long church board chairs have laboured without much help or many resources. Struggling valiantly chairs work diligently, but often feel overwhelmed by complexity, adversarial relationships, uncertain expectations, and the lack of a road map. Yet, you do this work because you believe in the mission of Christ's church. Recent developments in non-profit governance continue to influence how church board's understand their role, particularly within larger church settings. Whether it is the Carver "Policy Governance" model, or another paradigm, the chair's role also is being re-conceived and re-positioned within church leadership structures. In this website I seek to provide a forum for introducing, evaluating, and biblically situating such developments and also providing some resources so that you as a church board chair can find your bearings in all of these matters.

328. Complexity and Communication — Continuing Board Challenges

Church boards and their leaders are encountering new internal and external challenges during this Covid-19 pandemic. Two of these are increasing complexity in decision-making and the need to increase the quality and quantity of their communication. Of course, both of … (read the rest)

327. Institutional Paralysis in Time of Crisis

Animals and humans when facing critical danger must decide whether flight or fight would be the best response. However, sometimes they get paralyzed in the moments of decision and they lose the opportunity to make a choice. Like the proverbial … (read the rest)

326. Church Board Chairs and Social Justice Issues.

If it has not happened yet, it will — a discussion at a board meeting about how the congregation might respond to issues of social justice. The discussion may be scheduled in the board’s agenda or not, but some board … (read the rest)

325. Planning Beyond a Crisis.

In my part of the world it is now seven weeks since governments imposed stringent restrictions to try and deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. Whether these actions have in fact produced the desired result will undoubtedly be the stuff of … (read the rest)

324. Chairing “Virtual” Church Board Meetings

Without doubt the current pandemic (Co-vid 19) is creating many different challenges for church boards and their chairpersons. However, non-profit boards are not exceptional in this regard. Some of their challenges might be of a different order or kind than … (read the rest)