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

241. Developing a Church Board Work Plan.

It is easy for a church board chairperson to fall into the habit of just working one meeting to the next. In other words you become merely the chair of a committee, maintaining the machinery of the committee but not … (read the rest)

240. It’s My First Church Board Meeting as Chair….

After seven years a chair of our church board I am beginning to serve just as a board member. The new chairperson started this morning, demonstrating good leadership. However, this transition caused me to pause and reflect on what a … (read the rest)

239. Addressing Dissent and Building Consensus in Church Boards (Article 4)

This is the fourth and last in a series of articles addressing causes of dissent and proposing strategies to develop consensus among church boards.  In the three previous articles I reflected on six motivations for dissent identified in the Brown … (read the rest)

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)