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Weekly Lessons, created and written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA, give you a basic legal overview of essential topics based on staff or volunteer positions within a church.

This Week's LessonWeek of August 25

The 10-Step Program for Orienting New Board Members

Introduction

This lesson focuses on the issue of The 10-Step Program for Orienting New Board Members. You can review the Executive Summary to obtain the key points or read the Weekly Lesson for a more thorough presentation of this topic. Start by completing the following interactive quiz to test your knowledge.

Weekly Quiz

Instructions Click on the correct answer for each of the following questions.

Executive Summary

If you're like most churches, you provide new church board members with no orientation or training. They show up at board meetings without the slightest idea as to the nature of their responsibilities or possible liabilities. They deserve better. This lesson will review 10 steps that your board can take to orient new members. These recommendations not only will make the new members feel welcome. They also will significantly increase new members' efficiency and value, and will provide them with a positive "first impression" regarding the competency of the church leadership. Everyone benefits when a church provides its new board members with an orientation—the church, the senior pastor, existing board members, and the new board members themselves.

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