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

220. Policy “Levels” Guiding a Church Board.

In this series of articles the focus is on the development of a Board Governance Manual as a tool to stimulate good governance and to capture the wisdom of the board. One of the first things to consider is to … (read the rest)

219. Preserving, Consolidating and Passing On Board Wisdom

One of the important questions that church board chairs wrestle with is this:  how does a church board preserve the gains it makes in leading with excellence? Board members change, chairpersons move on, but the “church board” as a “virtual … (read the rest)

218.Church Boards and Governance — Who’s Empowered?

When nonprofit boards shift from operating as a management board to exercising governance by policy, some board members perceive a loss of power or engagement in the affairs of the entity. If operations are now under the direction of the … (read the rest)

217. Adhoc Committees, Chairpersons, and Church Boards

Church boards tend to operate as “committees of the whole,” i.e. the whole board works to resolve an issue and arrive at a good decision. This is the case particularly in smaller congregations where most of those on the board … (read the rest)

216. Personnel Committees, Church Boards and Chairpersons

In the experience of many church board members the annual discussion about salary and benefit provisions generates one of the more difficult and contentious decisions. Board members struggle to discern principles to use to establish a fair salary, as well … (read the rest)