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7 Tips for Church Boards

Ways to strengthen this leadership team.

Some church boards function like your worst nightmare and others genuinely seem like a dream come true. The interesting thing is that there are few church boards between those two rather extreme options. Very few pastors tell me “My board is just okay.”

Use these tips to help your board function well:

1. Determine the Purpose of the Board

In the most classic sense, the board helps plan for the future by confirming direction and major strategy. This often includes the selection and evaluation of the senior pastor and setting of his salary, financial oversight (though it may be delegated to another body such as trustees or finance committee), and the board’s own effectiveness–ensuring its health and the development of future board members.

2. Create an Agenda

Having a well thought through written agenda is vital to a productive meeting. Showing up unprepared and “going ...

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  • September 1, 2015

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