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.

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)

293. The Power of Regular Board Policy Reviews.

In one sense policies are the nerve system of a church board. Good policies let the board know when something is not working properly. They sensitize board members both to good and bad direction. They warn about imminent danger and … (read the rest)

292. Handling the Emotional ‘Pitch’.

Many different issues appear on a church board’s agenda, but some carry with them a particular emotional nuance. This added element may arise because of the moral nature of the issue or the passion with which a group in the … (read the rest)

291. When is it time to change Church Board Structure and Operations?

Churches, as organizations, tend to preserve their operational processes and resist change. I think this is the case particularly for churches whose congregations number between 100 and 500. Leaders get used to the “tried and tested” patterns. If suggestions for … (read the rest)

290. Building an Engaged, Effective Church Board: Who is Responsible? # 3

In related blog articles #288 and #289 I have considered the role of a church board chair and church board members in developing an engaged, effective church board.  In addition, we must also think carefully about the role of a … (read the rest)