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How Effective Is Your Church Board?

April 8, 2019

What’s working best? And what’s not working at all?

Today I’m sharing a guest post from my good friend and co-author, Warren Bird, on one of the most important but woefully outdated components of the Church—local church governance. If you are currently serving on a church board or have served in the last three years as a layman, senior pastor or staff member on a church board we would love for you to complete this 15 minute survey by April 30. — Jim Tomberlin

Warren Bird

Are you curious about questions like this…?

  • Do growing churches have smaller boards?
  • Does the board have a clear understanding of its role? How does their “clarity” affect the board’s effectiveness?
  • What does the board do to encourage the pastor to experience spiritual, physical, emotional, relational health?
  • To what extent is the board engaged in future vision, strategic direction or day-to-day execution of ministry?
  • How is the board selected? Congregational vote? Appointment process? Selected by existing board? Selected by pastor? Etc.
  • Are there terms? Can members be reappointed without taking time off?
  • Is there an intentional strategy to develop next generation leaders for future board roles?
  • When was the last time your board ever did a vision retreat to set the spiritual and ministry direction of the church?

To get answers to these and other great questions, take this surveyIt’s run by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (

Everyone who participates gets a FREE copy of the findings, plus you get entered to win in Amazon gift card drawings.

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