High Impact Church Boards and Leading From The Sandbox are both back in print
For organizations or churches who order either of these books for their board or staff I offer a free Skype meeting to discuss questions or principles.
Eight dysfunctions of church governance boards
Church boards who live with their heads in the sand
Pastors, staff and board members who use inappropriate language, emotions and actions
Eight reasons that boards do not address known issues of a senior leader
A dialogue between TJ Addington and Tony Morgan of the Unstuck Group on church governance
Signs that leaders are leading from a posture of fear and insecurity
A YouTube video that illustrates much church leadership
Some of the worst things leaders can do when there is controversy or conflict in the church
Congregational meetings and church health
The use of church discipline to control people or shut down discussion in the church
Nine church board mistakes I have been seeing lately - from Tony Morgan
15 unfortunate things boards do
Why boards can be so frustrating to serve on and how to solve it
Passive boards and controlling boards: Both are dangerous
Dumb things church boards do
Practices of healthy boards
Big rocks, pebbles and sand
Signs of a dysfunctional church board
Signs of healthy and unhealthy boards
When board members don't get their way
When boards are unable to police their own
Conflict and problem avoidance create sick churches
Choosing and preparing new board members
Church board development
The failure of church boards to realistically evaluate ministries they oversee
Church boards and church culture
Violations of good board behavior that kill good governance
Healthy board/pastor relationships in the church
Undiscerning church boards: A case study
Should a church be run like a business
Church boards and fear
Church culture trumps everything
Church boards and failure of courage
Staff and board relationships in the local church: What is healthy and what is unhealthy
Split boards, split congregations
The profile of an effective church leader
9 Principles for healthy governance in the church
Eight kinds of people who should not serve on a church board
Every congregation is one leadership board away from trouble and decline
When leadership boards become the barrier to church growth
Rethinking leadership selection in the church
Church board self assessment: 15 questions
Guard the gate to your church leadership
Boards that are not united and don't face reality
Antiquated church governance systems that hurt the mission of the church
Our church governance systems do matter!
Four key church board documents
What boards and pastors need to know about each other
Operate without a church board covenant at your risk
A failure of nerve
Bold or timid church leadership
When board members allow friendship and relationship to overshadow their governance role
When should a church change their governance system?
Board members and their intellectual capacity
Courageous church leaders
Church leadership and trust
Effective churches have pastors and boards with a bias toward strategic action
Spiritual discernment in ministry leadership
Signs that your church board needs renovation
When elephants fight the grass gets trampled
Ten marks of a united church leadership board
The five dysfunctions of ministry organizations
When everyone is in charge no one is in charge
Should church staff serve on the elder/leadership board?
Why boards must always speak with one voice
Interminable board meetings
Churches and group think
Paying greater attention to gifting when it comes to those we put into church leadership
Not ready, proceed slow, lets go: When leaders resist change!
Is your church more missional or institutional?
Toxic team and board members
I cannot find good leaders for my church
Unspoken board discussions
Checks and balances in church leadership
Proactive or reactive leadership
Ministry accelerators and anchors
"I knew I should have said something."
The dysfunction of control in ministry organizations
Leadership board time outs for reflection
Dealing with organizational elephants
Choosing the right leaders in your church: You get what you deserve.
The biggest favor you can do for your pastor and your church
Want to grow your staff/leadership board?
Candid discourse among church leaders
Four skill sets every team and board can profit from
Who is best qualified to serve as an elder or church leader?
Rethinking the relationship between pastors and lay leaders
Continuing the question as to whether staff should serve on the elder board
Does your church have a meaningful job description for your senior pastor?
Policy governance in the church: An overview
Willow Creek and governance lessons: A watershed moment
Help your board do self-evaluation of their work with seven evaluative statements
Seven personal behaviors for the best board work
Why boards need to change as an organization grows
How do you measure the success of your organization?
If your board needs help, I can help
Five simple principles for governance in churches and non-profits
With over thirty years of working with boards I am available to help your board be the best they can be. Whether remotely using technology or in person, together we can make substantial strides toward healthier and more missional board work.
As the author of High Impact Church Boards I have worked with thousands of board members to ensure that the right people end up on an organizations board, that the board is intentional in its work and that the culture of the leadership system is empowering rather than controlling. Cost is kept to a minimum by using technology like Go To Meeting, or I can join you in person for governance training or retreats.
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615.840.1676. I look forward to talking to and working with those who desire to raise the level of their board's effectiveness.