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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.

265. Change and Time: Transformation Without Annihilation.

The title of this blog sounds rather apocalyptic. It is not meant to be. Rather, it expresses a common challenge church boards face — seeking to be change agents, but acting too aggressively, too quickly, or too ambitiously. The resultant … (read the rest)

264. Review of “You and Your Nonprofit Board,” ed. by T. Temkin (Charitychannel Press, 2013)

The subtitle for Temkin’s publication is “Advice and Practical Tips from the Fields Top Practitioners, Researchers and Provocateurs.” It contains three sections (Governance Today, Making it Work, Myths and Madness), nine chapters, forty-six articles, and six appendices. Each of the … (read the rest)

263. Church Board Accountability

I addressed the issue of church board accountability in the form of a case study in blog article 159 “The Accountability Vacuum.” More needs to be said about this aspect of church board operations because effective, long-term church board leadership … (read the rest)

262. The Challenge of Social Stewardship for a Church Board Chair.

Within Evangelical church circles the subject of stewardship tends to focus on finances and facilities. However, the most important resources that a congregation has are people. Stewarding this resource well (the one to which we give the largest percentage of … (read the rest)

261. The Human Factor in Board Leadership

Within the world of church leadership we keep telling ourselves that the “church” is not facilities, finances and programs, but people. We believe this because of Jesus’ emphasis that he came to re-form the people of God. Paul takes up … (read the rest)