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.

NEW in 2019: Lessons From the Church Boardroom: 40 Insights for Exceptional Governance, by Dan Busby and John Pearson (Visit the blog featuring 40 guest bloggers here.)

NEW in 2018: Tools and Templates for Effective Board Governance: Time-Saving Solutions for the Nonprofit Board, by John Pearson (Watch for the 2019 version, ECFA Tools and Templates, by Dan Busby and John Pearson, coming soon.) 
"If any board is able to use as few as two of the 16 tools, they will have gotten their money’s worth!"
   --James C. Galvin, Ed.D., Galvin and Associates 
      and Managing Partner, Alliance for Board Effectiveness

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

[  ] New 2nd Edition! Lessons From the Nonprofit Boardroom: 40 Insights for Better Board Meetings (Jan. 2019), by Dan Busby and John Pearson is now available from Amazon. With new updates and 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 toolboxes with short videos, board member viewing guides, and facilitator guides:
[  ] 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
[  ] ECFA Governance Toolbox Series No. 4: Succession Planning - Eleven Principles for Successful Successions: "Every CEO Is an Interim CEO"


NEW! Tools and Templates for Effective Board Governance: Time-Saving Solutions for the Nonprofit Board, by John Pearson (April 2018), features 16 practical templates for CEOs and board members with access to downloadable Word documents.

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).

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.

For a complete list of books from this bucket, visit the Book Bucket and download List #1 (with books reviewed through Dec. 31, 2018).