Share Your Best (and Worst) Practices from the Church Boardroom

Here’s just a glimpse of what we’re learning so far from the first 200 leaders who’ve already completed this short survey on their top church governance needs:

Top 10 Lessons Boards Need to Learn (no particular order):

  • Why some boards miss holy opportunities
  • Encouraging more generative thinking by the board
  • Organizing board policies into one concise document (Board Policies Manual)
  • The Church Board Member job description: the 3-hat template
  • How boards respond to the Spirit’s nudges
  • The church board’s two major responsibilities
  • Why pre-written recommendations to the board will save time and tempers
  • Ensuring your boardroom is on holy ground every moment, every meeting
  • What happens when you never discuss the “risk elephant” in the room
  • The orientation process for new board members


Boardroom Best Practices

Best practices have included the board recruitment process, prayer in the boardroom, staff encouragement, and more, such as these responses below:

  • “That our Elders (Board) are paired up with a Pastor for 1:1 monthly check ins.”
  • “Define what that specific meeting is about so as only to discuss relevant subject matter at that meeting.”
  • "Knowing the strengths of each person and let them use their gifts to the betterment of the board.”


Boardroom Worst Practices

On the other hand, we’re also learning where boards can improve from open-ended feedback on boardroom worst practices:

  • “A few people monopolize the conversation. Why am I here?”
  • “Long discussions with little actions.”
  • “We hold to outdated board practices (traditions).”


We invite your feedback on topics and issues for a proposed new book from ECFAPress by Dan Busby and John Pearson – Lessons from the Church Boardroom.

Click the image below to share YOUR feedback.  Survey deadline – September 30, 2017.

This text is provided with the understanding that ECFA is not rendering legal, accounting, or other professional advice or service. Professional advice on specific issues should be sought from an accountant, lawyer, or other professional.


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