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.

315. Book Review: “Lessons from the Nonprofit Boardroom” by Dan Busby and John Pearson. (ECFA Press, 2017. 225 pages)

Dan Busby is the president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. John Pearson is well-known for his work as a nonprofit board consultant and CEO of various nonprofit agencies. Their joint publication offers an easy, but challenging look into … (read the rest)

314. Institutional Complexity and Individual Complexity — Taming the Church Organization

Churches have their own kinds of organizational complexity. However, church leaders, whether paid or volunteer, rarely take time to evaluate the nature of that complexity and whether it might be simplified. When services to clients, i.e., ministry programs, multiply, organizational … (read the rest)

313. Defaulting to the Probable and Overlooking the Possible.

Generally speaking humans find comfort in sustaining predictable patterns and tend to avoid actions that require them to create new, untested and previously unknown processes. Church board members default to this human modality more often than they might think or … (read the rest)

312. What Kinds of Information Does a Church Board Need To Do Its Job Responsibly?

Church board members experience two or three, widely different situations when it comes to information — too much, too little, or too confusing. Without truthful, relevant data presented with knowledgeable analysis board members will struggle to make the appropriate, strategic … (read the rest)

311. Can Church Boards Dispense with the Vice-Chair Position — and Should They?

In a recent blog D. Brown (Governance Solutions June 2017) indicates that the position of vice-chair has “all but disappeared in the corporate/private sector, and even much of the public sector,” although they still are prevalent in not-for-profit agencies. Church … (read the rest)