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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.

304. The Catalytic Power of Clarity.

Congregations as human systems develop their own ‘ecologies’. Such systems demonstrate complexity because they are communities that possess many different kinds of relationships. The longer the system exists, the greater the complexity because ‘tradition’ accumulates and varied expectations become operative. … (read the rest)

303. Is it Time? Renewing The Ministry of a Church Board

How long has it been since your church board has examined how it goes about doing its work? Five years? Ten years? Never? Perhaps it is time for a serious review. How much has your congregation changed in that period … (read the rest)

302. “Results-Based leadership” — Is this An Important Perspective For Church Boards?

A number of years ago D. Ulrich, J. Zenger, and N. Smallwood published “Results-Based Leadership” (Harvard Business School Press, 1999). Their thesis is quite simple. Leadership studies were focusing on various, important elements of leadership such as competencies, character, and … (read the rest)

301. Who Leads — Pastor or Board?

The recent history of evangelical churches in Canada demonstrates with crystal clarity that leadership struggles often are at the root of congregational failures and declines. The question of “who’s in charge” continues to generate conflict. This uncertainty blunts the ability … (read the rest)

300. Motivating Effective Non-Profit Board Meetings

The “life” of a non-profit board exists in its official meetings. Because the time that a board has to experience this “life” is very limited (perhaps 30 to 40 hours annually), board leaders have to plan meetings that enable the … (read the rest)