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.

261. The Human Factor in Board Leadership

Within the world of church leadership we keep telling ourselves that the “church” is not facilities, finances and programs, but people. We believe this because of Jesus’ emphasis that he came to re-form the people of God. Paul takes up … (read the rest)

260. Board Succession Planning — A “Vexing Issue”

One section of Boardsource’s National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices, January 2015 survey reports that in the area of Board Dynamics “board succession planning remains a vexing challenge for at least one-half of the boards” (42). Most nonprofit agency … (read the rest)

259. Board Engagement: Reflections on Boardsource’s January 2015 National Index of NonProfit Board Practices — Insights for Church Boards.

In this report Boardsource indicates that this is their “eighth census of nonprofit practices” taken since 1994. The respondents included 846 chief executives and 246 board chairs. The survey occurred between May 20, 2014 and July 14, 2014. You can … (read the rest)

258. Church Board as Teacher.

In the description of responsibilities that guide many church boards there is some statement to the effect that the board oversees the teaching office of the church. This is particularly the case in situations where the board is composed primarily … (read the rest)

257. Spiritual Leadership — Church Board as Advisor

One of the basic premises which undergirds the ideas on this website is that a church board forms the strategic ministry leadership team in the congregation, exercising much of this leadership through wise governance. However, ministry leadership in addition includes … (read the rest)