The Signs of a Healthy Church Board
A Healthy Board Will Have…
1. Great Leaders who deliberately do the following things:
A. Create the right environment (believe in what you are doing)
- Know basic human needs.
- Know what is expected of you and each member of the board.
- Make sure that you and each member of the board have the opportunity to perform.
- Know how each one is getting along.
- Give assistance where it is needed.
- Recognize each member’s contribution.
- Avoid the “seven deadly sins”:
- Trying to be liked rather than respected.
- Not asking team members for advice and help.
- Thwarting personal talent by emphasizing rules rather than skills.
- Not keeping criticism constructive.
- Not developing a sense of responsibility in team members.
- Treating everyone the same way.
- Failing to keep people informed.
2. The best people available serving on the board.
- Success of any organization depends on three things:
- A clear direction
- The right team members.
- Sound finances.
B. The smaller the organization the more the importance of who serves.
C. Personal characteristics:
- Positive attitude
- High energy level*
- Personal warmth
- Good self-image
- Mental horsepower*
- Leadership ability
- “Followership” ability
- Absence of personal problems*
- People skills
- Sense of humor
- Track record*
- Great desire
- Sees “big picture”
- Know what the job of a “Board Member” requires.
- A spiritual relationship with God
- An ability to listen
- An example
- Able to make tough decisions
3. Expectations of success (work toward success)
- Avoid mediocrity (excellence)
- Sieze the opportunity when it presents itself (preparation)
- Pay the price (sacrifice)
- Play to win (positive)
4. The desire to make the other members of the board successful (have team spirit on the board)
- Know the “key” to each board member (What does he really want?)
- Map out the vision of the board
- Define the role of every board member.
- Board identity
- Use the words “we” and “our”
5. An understanding of its specific duties, responsibilities and limitations.
- A job description
- Clearly defined objectives
- Clearly defined limitations
6. Continual improvement. (continued success is the result of continual improvement)
- To not improve is to be finished
- Keep growing and improving individually
- Develop your peers and those who work under you
- Keep close personal contact with those you work with: peers and subordinates
- Set specific objectives
- Have frequent progress reviews.
- Continual reminder of the importance of objectives over personal interests, etc.
- Observe and praise progress toward objectives
- Observe the lack of performance and attempt to get the peers/subordinates on track
by D. L. Flowers