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The Best and Worst of Board Chairs

The Best and Worst of Board Chairs | Church Boards | Scoop.it
Do you know one when you see one? Initial research shows that there is a good deal of agreement about what makes a good board chair.
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I reallly appreciate this list of characteristics of a good board chair. In the Christian context, I would also the spiritual dimension to this leadership position. First--being open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Second, treating those they serve as people who are made in the image of God. 

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Servant not Slave

Servant not Slave | Church Boards | Scoop.it
*** Leaders serve. They aren't slaves. Slaves are owned, oppressed, and abused. Servant leadership has nothing to do with slavery. Servant leadership: Servant leaders make life better for others. I...
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Board Survey: How is your board doing? | CCCC News & Blogs

Board Survey: How is your board doing? | CCCC News & Blogs | Church Boards | Scoop.it
Survey questions to do performance reviews of board directors and the board as a whole.
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A good list of questions for board who want to evaluate how well they are doing.

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Meetings, monitoring & questions: A board's added value

Meetings, monitoring & questions: A board's added value | Church Boards | Scoop.it
It takes a lot to build great boards. You need to find volunteers, do board development, help directors understand all the nuances of the ministry's work, and more. Then there is the time and expen...
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A great blog post by John Pellowe that highlights the value of monitoring along with suggestions for what the board should monitor.

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TJ Addington - Leading From the Sandbox : Signs of a dysfunctional church board

TJ Addington - Leading From the Sandbox : Signs of a dysfunctional church board | Church Boards | Scoop.it
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Where does the board get its information?

Where does the board get its information? | Church Boards | Scoop.it
When a board has a decision to make, where does it get its information from? Most boards rely to a high degree on staff to provide information, but how does the board judge the goodness or comprehe...
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188. Taming the Sacred-Secular Divide in a Church Board.

All too frequently I hear pastors or church board members yearning to have more time in board meetings to deal with the "real spiritual issues" of ministry rather than the administrative or board s...
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185. Some Helpful Articles for New Church Board Chairpersons

185. Some Helpful Articles for New Church Board Chairpersons | Church Boards | Scoop.it
A few months ago a reader of www.churchboardchair.ca dropped me a note and suggested that in one of my blog articles I direct people to some helpful articles for new church board chairs. I thought ...
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A good list of resources from Larry Perkins.

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180. Chairpersons, Church Boards and Staffing Issues: Succession Planning for the Senior Leader

180. Chairpersons, Church Boards and Staffing Issues: Succession Planning for the Senior Leader | Church Boards | Scoop.it
For over thirty years I have contributed to church boards as a member or chair or consultant. I have yet to experience a situation in which a church board thought seriously about and intentionally ...
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Turn the Bitter Waters Sweet | Church Splits

Turn the Bitter Waters Sweet | Church Splits | Church Boards | Scoop.it
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It is unfortunately that we see a lot of conflict in churches. This blog talks about forgiveness. I would also add that it is important to deal with small issues before they become big and to keep a focus on mission versus inward focus.

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Governance and Board Development

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Lots of great resources that are adaptable to ministry board context from Dalhousie University.
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Heather Card's curator insight, April 17, 2013 10:03 AM

Lots of great resources on this site that are easily adaptable to a ministry environment.

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Seven Ways to Improve Your Communication During a Conflict

Seven Ways to Improve Your Communication During a Conflict | Church Boards | Scoop.it
Tweet Recently, I read a report on what happens in our bodies when we perceive a threat. Our adrenal glands flood our bodies with adrenaline as we prepare to either fight or flee.
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Collective Wisdom: A board’s added value | CCCC News & Blogs

Collective Wisdom: A board’s added value | CCCC News & Blogs | Church Boards | Scoop.it
How a board adds value to the organization through its collective wisdom.
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A great blog post on how boards can add value by providing fuller discussion and breadth of perspective for decision-making.

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Board Engagement: A board’s added value | CCCC News & Blogs

Board Engagement: A board’s added value | CCCC News & Blogs | Church Boards | Scoop.it
When directors engage with their ministry's cause, they motivate staff, change the board-staff dynamic for the better, and advance the ministry's mission.
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Are you on the board because you were the last person standing? Or are you truly engaged? Some great ideas to increase your level of engagement and add value to your charity.

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Review, Reflect, Represent & Replace: A board’s added value | CCCC News & Blogs

Review, Reflect, Represent & Replace: A board’s added value | CCCC News & Blogs | Church Boards | Scoop.it
Wouldn't it be neat if the board chair had a remote control for the board so that, just like a media player, the board could rewind, pause, fast forward, and eject from time to time? In fact, by setting the agenda the chair already has that ability.
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Boards need to be intentional about adding value. This blog post includes four different ways to look at the question.

 

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198. "Tripwires" Signalling Unhealthy Board Dynamics

198. "Tripwires" Signalling Unhealthy Board Dynamics | Church Boards | Scoop.it
According to Wikipedia, the fountain of all knowledge, a "tripwire" is a "passive triggering mechanism" detecting some kind of motion or movement. Within small groups of people such as church board...
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Church Board Chair has som many helpful resources and his post is no exception. The great thing is that you can be proactive and watch for these factors. There is also a role for the pastor to play if these things are plaguing your board. The board chair and the pastor can work together in this process.

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What Makes a Good Church Board—Six Must-Have Characteristics

What Makes a Good Church Board—Six Must-Have Characteristics | Church Boards | Scoop.it
Many pastors—and laypeople—consider church board meetings a necessary evil. They see this as the "business" life of the church, which shouldn't be allowed to interfere with "ministry." Sometimes th...
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Member Resources - Board Governance

Charities established under a corporation or trust will act through a Board of Directors or Trustees respectively. Although boards vary greatly in structure, they all carry the same responsibility of...
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Some great resources for boards by the charity that I work for. 

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The unique challenges of church boards

The unique challenges of church boards | Church Boards | Scoop.it
Since January I've delivered a seminar called Serving as a Board Member right across Canada, and I've heard a lot about the problems boards experience. The striking thing I've learned from these st...
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Winifred Flint's curator insight, October 20, 2013 10:03 AM

Reading between the lines of ths insightful article sheds a lot of light on why why things can go wrong in a church and stay wrong - in spite of good intentions.

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Emergency succession planning beyond the senior staff leader

Every board needs an emergency succession plan for the unexpected loss of the senior staff leader. When the leader is suddenly unavailable, who steps in to fill the role? Often there is a staff mem...
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How boards can improve the success of the senior staff member

How boards can improve the success of the senior staff member | Church Boards | Scoop.it
I wonder how many ministry leaders have their time in office cut short because their boards left them too much on their own? How many boards have ever discussed the question: Who is responsible for...
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Part of our job as a board member is to do everything we can to ensure the staff leader is successful. This blog has some practical ideas for boards.

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Pastoral Burnout Infographic

Pastoral Burnout Infographic | Church Boards | Scoop.it
These pastor burnout statistics come from H.B. London’s book, Pastors at Greater Risk.
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A sad statistic. As boards it is important to think about how care is being provided for pastors.

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7 Things Effective Church Boards Do Well

7 Things Effective Church Boards Do Well | Church Boards | Scoop.it
A church is only as successful as the board that oversees it. Effective church boards are made up of people who have a passion for the organization and the mission it is trying to pursue.
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I think that point number 7...supporting the church leadership is essential for all the other practices to work well.

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