Board Bucket

Chapter 14. The Board Bucket


We believe that board members must sense God’s call to serve on the board of directors. We invest time in cultivating, recruiting, orienting and engaging board members in their strategic role as stewards of our organization. The first step in organizational sustainability is to inspire board members to be highly committed and generous partners in ministry.

Check out the excellent governance resources from ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability):

[  ] Lessons From the Nonprofit Boardroom, by Dan Busby and John Pearson is now available from Amazon. With 40 short chapters on board governance, the book is perfect for inspiring board members to be lifelong learners. Click here for the "40 Blogs. 40 Wednesdays." blog series on this helpful book. And read a sample chapter here.

Read John Pearson's weekly blog posts on strategic governance topics including:
    --Your CEO's Worst Mistake
    --No Bad Board Meeting Is Too Short
    --Why Do Board Members Micro-Manage?

 Download the 48-page Executive Summary--and compare your board with the best practices of the 1,600 CEOs, board chairs and board members who responded to this annual survey.

 John Pearson is project coordinator and writer for these short DVDs, board member viewing guides and facilitator guides, including:
    ECFA Governance Toolbox Series No. 1: Recruiting Board Members - Leveraging the 4 Phases of Board Recruitment: Cultivation, Recruitment, Orientation and Engagement
    ECFA Governance Toolbox Series No. 2: Balancing Board Roles - Balancing the 3 Hats Every Board Member Must Wear: Governance, Volunteer and Participant
   ECFA Governance Toolbox Series No. 3: Conflicts of Interest - Addressing Board and Organizational Conflicts of Interest—Avoiding Trouble, Trouble, Trouble With Related–Party Transactions


 WORKSHEET #14.1: Confidential Board Prospect List. Recruit board members with prayerful intentionality and board-approved criteria.  Read Chapter 14 and then download this "Prospect Prayer List" as you "date" board prospects and bring them inside the circles of involvement (see page 194).

6 BEST BOARD PRACTICES.  Check out the "Six Best Board Practices" (including six templates to download) from the 2009 CLA Webinar conducted by John Pearson. (Go to bottom of this page.)

BOARD RETREAT/BOARD TRAINING.  Excellent boards have one thing in common: an annual retreat.  If you need help in designing a one-day or 24-hour board retreat, contact John Pearson Associates, Inc. We conduct our Nonprofit Board Governance workshop (six hours, usually) quarterly and also customize retreats for the unique needs of your board.

BOARD SELF-ASSESSMENTS/CEO ASSESSMENTS.  What? Your board doesn't conduct an annual board self-assessment?  Has it been a while since the board has given the CEO a helpful annual assessment and performance review.  John Pearson Associates, Inc. can help.  We help numerous boards every year with assessments, planning and board development strategies. Contact us today.

BOARD RESOURCES.  Check out BoardSource for a vast array of board templates, resources and a magazine to inspire and motivate your board.

ECFA GOVERNANCE SURVEY.  Compare your board's best practices with this 62-page executive summary of the ECFA 3rd Annual Nonprofit Governance Survey. ECFA-accredited organizations can download a free copy here, or you can order a print copy here from Amazon.

  Here are many of the board resources mentioned in Chapter 14.

NOTE! UNDER CONSTRUCTION! Some of the links to the books featured on Amazon have changed. (Gee...thanks, Amazon!) For a complete list of books from this bucket, visit the Book Bucket and download List #1 (with books reviewed through Dec. 31, 2015). The list will be updated on Dec. 31, 2016.

CLA Webcast
6 Best Practices for More Effective Boards
Presented by John Pearson on March 27, 2009

Click here to download a PDF of the PowerPoint.

During this "TeleSeminar," hosted by Christian Leadership Alliance, John Pearson shared six best practices to guarantee that your board is focused on strategic issues and not micromanaging your organization.  Download these “add-water-and-stir” templates (below) and other helpful board governance resources and materials. 

Click on these Word document templates and customize them for your unique board situation. The best practices include:
#1. Annual CEO Standards of Performance (including your BHAG)
#2. Monthly CEO Dashboard and Leading Indicators Report
#3. CEO's "5/15" Monthly Report to the Board
#4. Annual CEO Assessment & Annual CEO Board Self-Assessment
#5. Quarterly Board Meeting – Standard Template
#6. Board Nominee Orientation Binder