Category Archives: Book Reviews

170. Book Review # 11: “Eldership in Action through Biblical Governance of the Church” by R.H. Swartley (2005)

Frequently pastors and church board members question me about the relationship between governance and eldership. In most cases skepticism about their compatibility drives their concern. Above all they sense that the very term “board” somehow will contaminate the operations of … (read the rest)

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151. Book Review #10: “Serving as a Board Member” by John Pellowe (CCCC 2012).

In “Serving as a Board Member” John Pellowe, executive director of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities offers “practical guidance for directors of Christian ministries” with a particular concern for the Canadian reality. His presentation is divided into three segments: … (read the rest)

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114. Book Review # 9: “Sticky Teams” by Larry Osborne (Zondervans, 2010)

Larry Osborne. Sticky Teams. Keeping your Leadership Team and Staff on the Same Page. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervans, 2010. 222 pages.

Larry Osborne serves as lead pastor at North Coast Church, San Diego (associated with the Evangelical Free Church … (read the rest)

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85. Book Review # 6: “Transforming Church Boards into Communities of Spiritual Leaders” by Charles Olsen (Alban Institute, 2001).

Charles Olsen writes as a seasoned “church renewalist” who has a special passion to enable church boards  understand themselves as spiritual communities who are “inspirational to the congregations they lead” (xvi). He speaks from a wealth of research directed particularly … (read the rest)

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80. Book Review # 5: “The Board Chair Handbook” (Second Edition) by Mindy Wertheimer, BoardSource, 2008

BoardSource® advertizes itself as “the premier resource for practical information, tools and best practices, training, and leadership development for board members of nonprofit organizations worldwide” (preface, p.iii). Its publications and workshops enable people who serve as board members of nonprofit … (read the rest)

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