Building Effective Boards for Religious Organizations: A Handbook for Trustees, Presidents, and Church Leaders / Edition 1

Building Effective Boards for Religious Organizations: A Handbook for Trustees, Presidents, and Church Leaders / Edition 1

by Thomas P. Holland, David C. Hester
     
 

Nonprofit boards are, without question, most effective when they're structured around the organization's goals. If an organization's mission is religious-as it is for about half of all nonprofits-the board must interpret its roles and responsibilities accordingly if it is to function properly. Building Effective Boards for Religious Organizations-a first-ever look

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Nonprofit boards are, without question, most effective when they're structured around the organization's goals. If an organization's mission is religious-as it is for about half of all nonprofits-the board must interpret its roles and responsibilities accordingly if it is to function properly. Building Effective Boards for Religious Organizations-a first-ever look at a board's crucial role in a religious nonprofit-is a comprehensive, practical handbook for any religious organization.Drawing clear insights from a wide variety of religious board experts, Building Effective Boards for Religious Organizations addresses the challenges of understanding how and why religious boards operate as they do. Through case studies and concrete recommAndations, this dynamic guide shows how boards can replace the hierarchical management model with a cooperative model of trusteeship that encourages a faithful, and more effective, practice of governance. It illuminates the board's proper role in strategic planning, offers insights on how to deal with mergers, provides a process for reading the current health of the organization, and shows how a deep appreciation of the organization's mission enables boards to organize for greater impact.Focusing close attention on specific dimensions of the board-from its structure and communication functions to its application of religious beliefs and traditions in its work-the authors offer many practical ways a board can work to improve effectiveness. They show how to get started on change, how to identify shared priorities for action, how to generate movement and sustain ongoing growth, and how to make better use of information and communication formats to support greater effectiveness.Building Effective Boards for Religious Organizations gives religious boards precisely the perspectives, models, and tools they need to advance a wide range of issues and shows them how to work together more creatively and productively. Members of the

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787945633
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/25/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

PRACTICING FAITHFUL GOVERNANCE.

Stewards of Hope: The Work of Trustees (M. Warford).

The Duties and Responsibilities of Boards of Religious Organizations (T. Holland).

The Religious Mission of the Board (W. Sachs).

Practicing Governance in the Light of Faith (D. Hester).

IMPROVING THE BOARD'S PERFORMANCE.

Developing a More Effective Board (T. Holland).

Beyond Hierarchies: Transforming Power and Leadership (T. Savage).

Boundary Spanning: Building Bridges Between an Organization and Its Environment (C. Klein).

The Merger Challenge: Building a Cohesive Culture (D. Nygren, et al.).

The Board's Role in Shaping Strategy (R. Chait).

Providing Meaningful Information for Governance (L. Butler).

Conclusion: Turning Toward the Future.

Index.

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