6 Things Effective Board Members Do

imagesIf you are a pastor or lay-leader hoping to lead well through a season of BIG change, you are going to need an effective team. The wisdom writer reminds us, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” (Proverbs 15:22, NIV) 

By whatever name you call your leaders (Elders, Deacons, Directors, Trustees, Team Leads, etc), the good ones are far from perfect, but do have a few things in common.

As we continue our “Small Church BIG Change!” series, here are 6 Things Effective Board Members Do in churches of any size…

1) Pray. Effective board members are passionate, persistent and prevailing in prayer. They intercede for everyone from guests who filled out the latest “Connect Card” to the Children’s pastor’s wife who has a job interview. They pray and fast with the team for major decisions and that routine meetings will be anything but.

2) Prepare. Effective board members don’t just show up. They are read up, prayed up and pumped up. Their reports are on time and to the point. They prepare both insightful comments and probing questions to add value to the greater discussion.

3) Promote. Effective board members help get the word out about the latest and greatest via social media and good old-fashioned word of mouth. They don’t wait for it… they create the “buzz” that get’s everyone else talking about the vision, value or event. (They never use social media to question or critique… but are free to do so one on one or in team meetings.) 

4) Present. Effective board members are ready to give their 2-cents (report, presentation, proposal, etc) in clear, concise and creative ways. They are well aware that they aren’t the only one’s who will have the floor, nor are they the “main event.” They do have a grounded understanding of the importance of their area and contribution to the greater team.

5) Protect. Effective board members are the first to confront negativity, critical spirits or gossip. They guard the vision and values of the organization almost as passionately as they guard the people in it… especially fellow leaders and their families. They have little tolerance for bad attitudes and non whatsoever for seeds of discord.

6) Praise. Effective board members set the example in giving God the glory and others the credit when things are going well, and shouldering the blame when they aren’t. They intentionally create a culture of praise, gratitude and celebration.

Bonus: Effective board members know when to listen and when to speak. They will wait and watch or stand up and be counted whenever it is appropriate to do so. In other words, they are both patient and proactive. How do they know when to be one or the other? See #1 above.

These are just a few… what do great board members do in your ministry or organization? (And, no, it doesn’t have to start with “P.”) Share your thoughts in the Reply section below…

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