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

238. Addressing Dissent and Building Consensus in Church Boards (Article 3)

This is the third in a series of articles addressing the causes of dissent within a church board and possible ways to remove it and develop consensus. In this blog article we consider three additional factors generating dissent — strategy … (read the rest)

237. Addressing Dissent and Building Consensus in Church Boards (Article 2)

In article #236 I introduced the challenge that dissent within a church board presents to a board chair. Based on analysis proposed by the Brown Governance Letter of August 2014 I enumerated several causes for dissent. The premise is that … (read the rest)

236. Ways for Church Board Chairs to Addresss Dissent and Build Consensus (Article 1)

Building consensus forms a great challenge for church board chairs. This issue is not unique to church boards, but affects all boards. In the August 2014 Brown Governance Letter the author analyzes various causes of dissent in the board room … (read the rest)

235. Church Boards Who ‘Drink the Kool Aid’

Most of us recall the unfortunate, terrible tragedy of Jonestown (1978). Members of the People’s Temple committed suicide by drinking flavoured water laced with cyanide. “Drinking the kool-aid” (‘kool-aid’ is a name for flavoured drinks) in the United States has … (read the rest)

234. The Church Board as Coach and Sparring Partner for the Lead Pastor.

The relationship between a church board and lead pastor always has challenges. For one thing, usually the lead pastor as an elder is a member of the board, but he is also accountable to that board. And so church board … (read the rest)