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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.

308. Board Chairs and Organizational Leadership

I am coming to realize more than ever before how important the competence of organizational leadership has become for church boards and lead pastors. When I use the term “organizational leadership” I mean the capacity of the leadership in an … (read the rest)

307. Responding to Disappointment — Hearing “No!”

When a church board works diligently to develop a well-presented recommendation to the staff, or the congregation or some external body (e.g., a denominational conference), but receives a negative response, how the board and its members handle this result defines … (read the rest)

306. Church Boards and Spiritual Authority

A church board with which I am connected is considering some changes to its structure and functions. At this point it is constituted as an “elders board” and one of the questions raised in these discussions focused on the issue … (read the rest)

305. Church Boards and Church Transformation

In his book “The Advantage” Patrick Lencioni argues that organizational sustainability and advancement only occur when the leadership gives consistent, focused attention to improving organizational health. In the congregational context church boards, which include the lead pastor, carry the responsibility … (read the rest)

304. The Catalytic Power of Clarity.

Congregations as human systems develop their own ‘ecologies’. Such systems demonstrate complexity because they are communities that possess many different kinds of relationships. The longer the system exists, the greater the complexity because ‘tradition’ accumulates and varied expectations become operative. … (read the rest)