Wed, 19 May 2010
If you are a board member, you have a great honor, and a great responsibility. Certainly you would be volunteering your time, talent, and treasure because you see your school’s ministry as something worth doing for God. Occasionally, a school has board members who are not good stewards of this important responsibility. Maybe they did not realize what they were volunteering for. Maybe they were just appointed. Maybe they don’t give much time, effort, or money because they do not see service to the school as something worth doing for God, or maybe there are even occasionally members of a board who are more interested in building their own kingdom than God’s kingdom. Can you see why some presidents are tempted to say, “Get, give, or get off”? (Get being get money.) So how does a school end up with the outstanding board members who understand their purpose and energetically fulfill their stewardship? The key can be a personnel committee that is tasked with board development. And that is the topic of chapter 8 in our board handbook. The chapter deals with how to recruit the right types of members, orienting and training them, and evaluating both the board and individual members.