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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. Continue reading

233. Time Commitment, Board Member Impact, and Board Effectiveness.

It is commonly affirmed within the nonprofit board world that board members should be dedicating time, talent and treasure to their agencies. A recent survey of 770 directors from public and private companies representing various industries and globally distributed revealed … (read the rest)

232. Resources for Developing New Church Board Members.

In blog articles 230-231 I have offered some suggestions regarding development and training of new church board members. I conclude this mini-series with several ideas for resources you might find useful, both for yourself, if you are developing such a … (read the rest)

231. A Curriculum For Developing New Church Board Members.

In blog article #230 I raised the question about discerning and training people who might have the capacity and giftedness to serve as church board members. Once you have addressed the logistical and systemic issues I identified, then attention has … (read the rest)

230. Developing New Church Board Members.

Over the past several months numerous individuals serving on church boards have asked how new board members can be developed in a congregational setting. Usually this gets couched in terms such as, “Do you know of a good program for … (read the rest)

229. The “Imperfect” Church Board Chairperson.

Church board chairpersons are imperfect — there is no denying this reality. Every church board has a chairperson — but only one. The effectiveness of a church board’s operations depends significantly upon the commitment and competence of that chairperson. Church … (read the rest)