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.

#333. Book Review #13: Dave Beckwith with Joanne Beckwith “God Meetings. An Awakening in the Boardroom” (Plymouth, MA, Elk Lake Publishing, 2022).

The Beckwiths write from a strong desire to promote revival in churches. Their thesis is that this revival can only begin “with leaders who humbly seek God, confess sinful behavior, and rely on the Holy Spirit to direct their work. … (read the rest)

332. Re-opening Offices Will not be a Return to Normal

Over the past year the Covid-19 pandemic has altered work habits and arrangements in the market-place. Management and staff employed by non-profit Christian charities have experienced considerable dislocation in their work arrangements. These disruptions created many challenges, but human ingenuity, … (read the rest)

331. A Fresh Look at Leadership Performance Evaluation

Recently BoardSource made available a resource entitled “How to Conduct a Chief Executive Performance Assessment in 10 Steps” (https://boardsource.org/conduct-ceo-performance-assessment/). This organization supports boards and executives involved in the governance and leadership of non-profit organizations. Churches form a specialized group within … (read the rest)

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)