When we think about church health, we don’t always put “governance” at the top of the list, but it is an important topic. Second Corinthians 8:21 (NIV) says, “For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.” This shows a Biblical responsibility to govern well.
The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) has recently completed a church governance survey, summarized in a recent Christianity Todayarticle. The survey contains some interesting information. For example, the survey found the No. 1 qualification for a board member is faithfulness, followed by being a consistent giver. The survey also identified six top characteristics that seemed to point to a healthy board, addressing board member selection, the relationship between the board pastoral staff, planning, and risk assessment.
I think ECFA is a terrific organization, and I think this article is worth a read (in fact, I already sent it to my senior pastor). And if you want more information on good governance, you can look at the ECFA’s website (www.ecfa.org), which has a lot of terrific information.
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