Does our church need a whistleblower policy? Is our conflicts-of-interest policy adequate? Determining which policies to create—and appropriately crafting them for a specific church—is an exercise that requires discernment. A policy that is not appropriate for a particular church, or a policy that is poorly drafted, may create more problems than it solves.
Important considerations before adopting a particular policy
In determining whether a church’s board should adopt a particular policy, the church should consider several factors. Among them are:
- Whether the policy would be helpful in ensuring compliance with the law,
- Whether the policy could help protect the church or its constituents,
- Whether the policy will enhance the effectiveness of the church in carrying out its mission and purpose, and
- Whether the policy fosters confidence and trust on the part of congregants or members.