Moral Governance I

Course Description:

This entry-level course is designed to train board members to govern Christian organizations, including local churches and nonprofits.  To govern an organization is to shape that organization by encoding the DNA of its policies that in turn define the organization’s culture.  To govern Christianly is to call the organization upwards to Christ so that every worker in it is personally empowered and institutionally guarded by life-giving policies that protect individuals and thereby glorify God.  When boards operate on the premise of self-preservation and survival, they miss the opportunity to make that organization truly great.   If you are a current board member, an emerging board member, a church elder, or a consultant for faith-based entities that profess to be Christian, then this course was designed for you.

Guiding Questions:

  • What is a board?  How do boards shape the culture of organizations?

  • What is governance?  What are the benefits of policy governance? 

  • How much theology does good governance involve?  What is a theology of governance?

  • What pitfalls do church elders and Christian board members commonly fall into? 

  • How can boards keep organizations “right on mission”?