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. Continue reading

244. Church Boards and Their Relationship with other Internal Church Ministries.

In several of my church board consultations I have encountered situations where congregations have established subsidiary ministries (e.g. Christian schools, child care centers, camps). In some cases the congregation is advised to establish a separate board to oversee this new … (read the rest)

243. Church Board Chemistry — Developing and Sustaining It

Without a doubt one of the great challenges in leading church boards is the reality of constant change of board members. As I have commented in earlier blog articles, I suspect that in most congregations 50 – 60% of the … (read the rest)

242. Church Boards and Unfunded or Deferred Liabilities — A Chairperson’s Concern

An unfunded liability is a financial obligation contracted or accepted in some way by an organization but which exceeds an organization’s ability to pay. A deferred liability is a financial obligation that the organization recognizes it will have responsibility for, … (read the rest)

241. Developing a Church Board Work Plan.

It is easy for a church board chairperson to fall into the habit of just working one meeting to the next. In other words you become merely the chair of a committee, maintaining the machinery of the committee but not … (read the rest)

240. It’s My First Church Board Meeting as Chair….

After seven years a chair of our church board I am beginning to serve just as a board member. The new chairperson started this morning, demonstrating good leadership. However, this transition caused me to pause and reflect on what a … (read the rest)