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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

LESSON 1 – Big Blessings Abound When Governance Faithfulness Flourishes

Welcome to More Lessons From the Nonprofit Boardroom Blog, a 40-week journey through the new book, More Lessons From the Nonprofit Boardroom, by Dan Busby and John Pearson. Each Wednesday, we're featuring a guest writer’s favorite snippet from the week's topic. Wayne Pederson is our guest blogger this week for the first of four lessons in "Part 1: The Powerful Impact of Highly Engaged Boards.”
LESSON 1 OF 40 - Big Blessings Abound When Governance Faithfulness Flourishes
Two stories: “The Board and the Bachelor Farmer” and “$1.5 Billion Worth of Burger Blessings!”


THE BIG IDEA FROM THE BOOK: In Lesson 1, the authors note that there should be great joy in serving on an effective, healthy board—and that there is great satisfaction when board members are serving faithfully in their God-given strengths.  

Board faithfulness produces positive outcomes and God’s blessings. And donors are able to discern the effectiveness of a ministry by the faithful stewardship of its board. 

MY FAVORITE INSIGHTS from Lesson 1, pages 2-6: 
“Big blessings abound when governance faithfulness and management faithfulness flourish.”
• “It’s very important that we know and leverage the God-given strengths of every board member.” 

MY COLOR COMMENTARY:
As I moved into ministry management, my CEO told me that the Governance Committee (the committee that nominates, vets, and selects future board members) is the most important committee of the board. Their decisions will determine the direction, vision, and sustainability of the ministry for the next decade.  

Potential board members should not be pressured to serve. Neither should the selection committee grab on to whoever is available. There must be prayer, discernment, and conversation in the recruitment and selection of new board members.

At the same time…
• if a board member seems not to be in tune with the direction of the ministry, 
• if that person seems always to be taking a contrarian view of board decisions, 
• if that member is consistently the only one who votes no, 
• if the board member is not experiencing joy and passion in board stewardship,
…then the Governance Committee needs to address that concern and make adjustments to that person’s membership. 

THIS WEEK’S QUOTES & COMMENTARY BY WAYNE PEDERSON:

WAYNE PEDERSON is executive liaison for Far East Broadcasting Company. He has served in Christian broadcasting for over 50 years with Northwestern Media, Moody Broadcasting, National Religious Broadcasters, and HCJB/Reach Beyond. He serves on several boards including ECFA, NRB, The Joshua Fund, and Alliance for the Unreached. He’s married to Willi and they live in beautiful Colorado.

TO DO TODAY: 
Look for agenda items or report items that bring joy, praise, and fulfillment to the board and board members.
• If there’s a board member who appears out of step or shows a negative attitude, create an opportunity to lovingly, but honestly, challenge that individual regarding his or her role.
• Visit the ECFA Knowledge Center and read and share the short chapter, “Lesson 1: Big Blessings Abound When Governance Faithfulness Flourishes.”




NEXT WEDNESDAY: On Jan. 15, 2020, watch for the commentary by Bruce Johnson on Lesson 2, “Engage Board Members in Generative Thinking. They rely on generative thinking in their day jobs but are rarely asked to think collaboratively in the boardroom.”








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