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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.

330. When Policy Confronts an Unforeseen Situation.

I do believe that boards within medium and large-size churches should operate within a policy governance model. This model can also be helpful for boards in smaller churches. However, no matter how carefully a board crafts its policies, it cannot … (read the rest)

329. Who’s Responsible for Discerning a New, Post-Covid 19 Vision for your Congregation?

For many Christian non-profit organizations and their leaders, including board chairs and board members, the last ten months of pandemic-disrupted operations have generated and continue to generate incredible challenges. Traditional methods of fund-raising can no longer be counted upon to … (read the rest)

328. Complexity and Communication — Continuing Board Challenges

Church boards and their leaders are encountering new internal and external challenges during this Covid-19 pandemic. Two of these are increasing complexity in decision-making and the need to increase the quality and quantity of their communication. Of course, both of … (read the rest)

327. Institutional Paralysis in Time of Crisis

Animals and humans when facing critical danger must decide whether flight or fight would be the best response. However, sometimes they get paralyzed in the moments of decision and they lose the opportunity to make a choice. Like the proverbial … (read the rest)

326. Church Board Chairs and Social Justice Issues.

If it has not happened yet, it will — a discussion at a board meeting about how the congregation might respond to issues of social justice. The discussion may be scheduled in the board’s agenda or not, but some board … (read the rest)