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.

269. Maintaining Focus and Coherence.

Various analogies can be used to describe the essence of a board chair’s role. Personally, I think the comparison with the conductor of an orchestra or the coxswain who coordinates a team of eights have much to commend. People in … (read the rest)

268. The Role of a Church Board as Innovator.

Many individuals who serve on church boards are used to leading through innovation. They are entrepeneurs developing businesses or creative individuals in other avenues. However, when they become members of a church board they struggle to discern how to express … (read the rest)

267. Discerning the Future. A Church Board’s ‘Prophetic’ Leadership.

Within the Christian tradition prophecy plays significant roles in various ways and at various times. This phenomenon not only expresses God’s word to people at a particular time, but also reveals something of God’s intentions going forward, whether promise or … (read the rest)

266. Board Leadership in the Midst of Crisis.

I am sure it is not news to any long term church board member or board chair, but crises happen on a regular basis. The test of a church board’s leadership comes in such contexts. If the  board fails to … (read the rest)

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)