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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.

275. Church Board Chairs and Pastoral Sabbaticals

Thirty-five years ago, when I first became involved with church boards, the subject of pastoral sabbaticals rarely hit the agenda. Today, both in large and small congregations, such sabbaticals are a matter of course. If you chair a church board, … (read the rest)

274: Mining the Annual Board Evaluation Data

We just completed (July) our annual church board assessment process. The key element in this was a survey designed for church boards, circulated to the board members. They responded anonymously. The questions were divided into 20 that required evaluative responses … (read the rest)

273. Selecting Church Board Leaders

Good leadership is critical to the health and growth of any organization. When the pool from which to select leaders contains primarily volunteers, this creates some interesting opportunities and challenges. Even in the context of a local church and with … (read the rest)

272. Summer for a Church Board Chair

In North America the summer season runs from June to August in most places. Institutions enter into vacation mode for the months of July and August and the same phenomenon affects churches. Frequently the annual church board schedule will not … (read the rest)

271. What Kind of Leadership Must Your Church Board Provide/

The topic of leadership receives great attention these days. We realize that individual leaders come in all shapes and sizes, with different gift sets. Defining and identifying group or team leadership is even more complex, but that is what church … (read the rest)