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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.

298. Age Limits and Church Board Service

Should congregations build into their bylaws some limitations related to the number of consecutive terms that church board members can serve or some limitation regarding the age (either minimum or maximum) of board members?

  1. Limitation of Number of Consecutive Terms.
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297. Do Church Boards Have to Use New Testament Terms to Describe Leaders and Leadership Structures?

Leading change is always a challenge within congregational life, but particularly when it affects how leadership and governance structures get defined, named, and integrated. People become invested in traditional modes and terms, often believing that divergence indicates a deviation from … (read the rest)

296. Do Church Boards Experience Developmental Cycles?

In the past several years various church growth strategists have argued that congregations have life-cycles. It is argued that if church leaders know where their congregation is in their specific life-cycle, then they can adopt strategies that will enable new … (read the rest)

295. Church Board Policy Development: Getting It Done.

Developing church board policy faces two significant impediments — people and process. In both instances inertia arising from tradition, ignorance of better ways to work together, and general antipathy to change discourages the development of policy. To break through this … (read the rest)

294. Discerning the Right Time to Develop New Board Policies and Getting it Right.

A chairperson has a good feeling when basic church board policies finally are in place. Some clarity and consistency now exists regarding the means by which the board can guide its operations. Of course, a big challenge is keeping the … (read the rest)