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Governance
I have learned over the years that there are two sides to the local church: the organization and the organism. Sometimes they compete for attention and fight for ultimate priority. As a leader I must always give the organism priority. History The early church was organized in a structure that mirrored the Jewish rabbinical leadership…...
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Throughout history, the church has chosen various methods of organization and leadership.  Churches that want government status as registered charities are required to have members serve on a board of directors as outlined by a constitution. Constitution A Church Constitution codifies how the church will work together.  It contains several sections that articulate: Prerogatives:  charitable purposes, affiliation Beliefs:…...
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If you track the way church has operated for hundreds of years, you will see striking similarities.   Structure In structure there is always a leader or group of leaders (sometimes appointed, sometimes elected), then successive levels of leaders who are tasked with various responsibilities or tasks that fit within the desired scope of the…...
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Orientation to Charity Leadership There a several aspects to becoming a new board member that are important to become familiar with: Our ConstitutionOur Governance ModelBoard Policy ManualMeetingsPast Board minutes, resolutionsCalendar of Events / Upcoming board meetingsThe Board Meeting Package Our Constitution We are regulated by the Income Tax Act and The Canada Revenue Agency.Our charitable…...
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Am I ready to serve? You have been nominated to serve, Should you accept? Here are a few key questions that you should answer. Do you have a call to our church’s mission? Where are you at in your spiritual maturity to handle the weight of the position? Do you have time and family support?…...
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To lead a church in the western world can be a daunting task. We face enormous pressure as we head into this new decade. In this article, I’d like to state the obvious and then offer a personal perspective. Here is the obvious. Church leaders are juggling different realities all at once. Generations, Migration, and…...
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Gold 5 Illustration
Ephesians 4:11-12, NLT “Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. I have a theory.  The idea is that every believer has built…...
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Just as the human body is made up of 11 major systems that work in harmony (Circulatory, Digestive, Respiratory, Reproductive, Immune, Muscular, Skeletal, Nervous, etc.) the church is made up of several systems that all work together. These major systems have several lower interconnected systems that bring flow and alignment to your church. Are you…...
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Years ago I was asked a simple question, “Can the church run as a business?”  Perhaps the question is “should it?” or “can it and successfully maintain its God given purpose?”   There are many who suggest that it is possible.  I don’t believe it is.  Here’s why…   The church is a spiritual reality and…...
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One of the most difficult things to do is to take vision and implement strategy.  The balanced scorecard method is one of the best ways to track the progress of strategy over time. If you’ve never heard of this method, rest easy, you are probably already using a variation of it in some way.  A…...
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