(Approved by the Board on ___________, 20XX)
"Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense,
and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts."
--Proverbs 24:3-4, The Living Bible
OUR GOVERNANCE VISION. It is our expectation and hope that in future years, the members of the Board of Directors of XYZ Church would sense such a high calling to their roles and responsibilities—and have such a vision for the potential of serving others—that they would give the highest priority (as defined by our Board Policies Manual) in the use of their charitable time and resources to XYZ Church during their three-year term of service on the board.
THE ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF BOARD MEMBERS
The full description of board member roles is listed in our Board Policies Manual. In summary, we desire to make spiritually discerning governance and policy decisions in these key areas:
People. We are accountable for the hiring, inspiring, guiding, evaluating, and the supporting of our Senior Pastor.
Policies. We focus on governance (as defined in the Board Policies Manual) and our stewarding and accountability process for the church (and our board) in the key areas of mission, vision, values, B.H.A.G. (Big HOLY Audacious Goal), strategy, strategic plan, and the annual organizational goals; plus the Senior Pastor’s three to five “Annual S.M.A.R.T. Goals” (which are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-related).
Strategy. We agree with Ram Charan’s statement in Owning Up: The 14 Questions Every Board Member Needs to Ask, that we want our board to own the strategy, but not necessarily create it. He writes, “There is nothing more important for a Senior Pastor than having the right strategy and right choice of goals, and for the board, the right strategy is second only to having the right Senior Pastor.”
Legal & Financial Due Diligence. We take very seriously our fiduciary, legal and spiritual responsibilities as trustees of the church and we ensure that we are in compliance with all legal, financial, and governmental requirements, as described in our Board Policies Manual. These include, but are not limited to, policy oversight of the annual budget, cash flow, cash reserves, risk management, audits, ECFA Accreditation standards, Senior Pastor compensation, and other areas.
Generous Giving. We invite spiritual discerning and qualified men and women to serve on our board who are already in the “Generous Givers Circle,” as defined in our Board Policies Manual—and who through example and influence, will encourage others to give generously to our church.
This document will be used two ways:
We will ask current board members to review and sign this—and affirm their commitment to XYZ Church annually.
We will ask prospective board members to review this in advance of their commitment to serve—and then upon their election, to sign the affirmation annually.