Category Archives: Board

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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310. Lessons Learned About Church Board Leadership (2)

In blog article #309 I reviewed five findings about seminary boards and governance leadership published in the Association of Theological Schools “Colloquy Online May 2017” by E. S. Brown. While seminary boards function in a different context than church boards, … (read the rest)

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