It’s an honor serving as a member of a church’s board of directors, elders, or trustees.
It also carries great responsibility.
In this episode, Erika breaks down five critical things every board member must know to fulfill his or her duties and responsibilities well.
Among them: the role as a fiduciary and the legal duties associated with it; the sources of information a board member must understand and where to find it, whether from the church, the state, or regulatory agencies; when to seek expert guidance; and more.
This episode is a must-listen for any board member, elder, or trustee, whether the person is new to the role or possesses years of experience.
- Episode 5: “Why Church Meetings Go Off the Rails”
- Episode 14: “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill and What You Should Consider Before Changing Your Bylaws, with Guest Mike Cosper”
- Episode 30: “Equipping Your Church Board for Long-Term Success”
- “What Every Church Board Needs to Know,” a self-paced webinar by attorney Erika E. Cole
- “Board Member Checklist,” by James Cobble and Tyler Charles
- “Four Fiduciary Duties of Church Boards,” by Richard R. Hammar
- “Preparing for a Church Business Meeting,” by Sarah E. Merkle
Download your FREE copy of The Church Attorney Legal Audit® System document checklist here, and check out Episode 29 (“Using a Legal Audit to Position Your Church for the Long Haul”) to learn about the importance of a legal audit for your church.
Questions? Comments? We welcome them! Please contact Erika Cole at erikacole.com. Erika reads each comment and may answer your question in an upcoming episode.
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Erika E. Cole, Esq., known as The Church Attorney®, is the creator of The Church Attorney Legal Audit® System, a proprietary legal audit process that helps church leaders be confident they are operating with integrity, and avoiding costly risks. She serves as a senior editorial advisor for Christianity Today’s ChurchLawAndTax.com.
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