Board Member Qualifications:
Qualifications and Other Considerations
In preparing its recommended slate of candidates for Board of Directors membership, the Nominating Committee must seek candidates who:
• Meet the requirements of Board of Directors membership as stipulated in the Constitution and Bylaws.
• Be a percentage tither/generous contributor/financially invested
• Be a member in good standing and regularly participate in the worship and educational life of our congregation
• Are good communicators
• Can effectively represent the concerns of the congregation.
• Understand and support the basic concepts of Policy Based Governance.
• Are willing and able to accept the responsibilities of Board of Directors -as delineated in Policy – Board of Directors Job Description.
• Are not on the payroll of the congregation currently or anytime within the immediate previous year (12 months) year.
In preparing the slate, the Nominating Committee shall ensure that:
A spouse of a member of staff will not serve on the Board.
Board Governing Style:
The Board of Directors will govern by observing the principles of the Policy Governance model, with an emphasis on:
(a) Outward vision rather than internal preoccupation,
(b) Encouragement of diversity in viewpoints,
(c) Strategic leadership more than administrative detail,
(d) Clear distinction of Board of Directors and staff roles,
(e) Collective rather than individual decisions, and
(f) Proactivity rather than reactivity.
The Board of Directors will cultivate a sense of group responsibility. Board of Directors members will act on behalf of the congregation in all matters delegated to it by the Constitution and Bylaws or by any sanctioned action of the congregation. The Board of Directors will be the initiator of policy. The Board of Directors will not use the expertise of individual members to substitute for the judgment of the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors will direct and inspire the congregation through the careful establishment of broad written policies reflecting the congregation’s values and perspectives. The Board of Directors major policy focus will be on the intended long-term impacts outside the staff organization, not on the administrative or day-to-day management of those means.
Decisions or proposed actions by the President of the Board of Directors (acting for the Board and the betterment of the Mission of the Church) are temporarily binding on the Senior Pastor, until the next called Board of Directors meeting. President must inform all board members within 24 hours of such action.
The Board of Directors will enforce upon itself whatever discipline is needed to govern.
Discipline will apply to matters such as attendance, preparation for meetings, policy-making principles, and respecting each other’s roles.
Although the Board of Directors can change its self-governance policies at any time, it will observe those currently in force.
Continual Board of Directors development will include Board of Directors self-governance and periodic Board of Directors discussion of process improvement.
The Board of Directors will allow no officer, individual, or committee of the Board of Directors to hinder or be an excuse for not fulfilling group obligations.