“Dear God . . . Grant us the joy of arriving at adjournment closer to one another because we are closer to You.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: Co-authors Dan Busby and John Pearson invited Dan Bolin, author of Lesson 40, “A Board Prayer,” to add his insights to this prayer—a model prayer for every church board for every board meeting. As one executive pastor said, “The first time I read Dan Bolin’s prayer, I instantly wondered if he had somehow secretly been listening in on every board meeting I ever attended.”
COLOR COMMENTARY FROM DAN BOLIN:
In his letters to Timothy and Titus, Paul provides each with a list of qualities they should look for in the leaders of their churches. Today, many churches scan the lists and look at a few big issues: family life, drunkenness, debauchery, and ability to handle God’s Word well.
Those are important, even critical, but ironically, selection committees often overlook the many other qualities of life that Paul outlines. These sometimes-overlooked qualities significantly impact the nobility of the board’s demeanor, and the effectiveness of its operation.
If church boards are to be healthy, function effectively, and reflect their Christian beliefs, these lesser-observed qualities must receive a little more attention. Paul mentions: self-controlled, gentle, not quarrelsome, not arrogant, not quick tempered, a lover of good, and disciplined (1 Timothy 3:2-3, Titus 1:7-8).
The technical excellence described in the first 39 chapters of Lessons From the Church Boardroom, and explored in these related blogs, becomes wood, hay, and stubble without a deep commitment to the spiritual beliefs and behaviors we espouse. “A Board Prayer” is designed to refocus our personal and corporate hearts on the one thing that is essential for every church board—doing God’s work, God’s way.
As church board members, don’t pretend that the ends justify the means. For church boards, the means validate the ends. Take time to stop and realign your hearts, individually and corporately, with the things you truly believe. Live out the godly qualities Paul described as the gateway characteristics into the noble service of church board leadership.
He served as the CEO of Pine Cove Christian Camps for 14 years, president of KVNE and KGLY Radio for nine years, and international director of Christian Camping International for 11 years. He has served on the boards of numerous Christian organizations and is the author of eight books, including How to Be Your Daughter's Daddy: 365 Ways to Show Her You Care, and How to Be Your Little Man's Dad: 365 Things to Do with Your Son (with Ken Sutterfield).
• Email “A Board Prayer” (Lesson 40) to the members of your board and ask them to read it three times before your next meeting.
• Put a star by the bullet points that your board is doing well. In your next board communication, thank them for living out those aspects of godly, board governance.
• Put a check mark by two or three bullet points where you would like to improve personally. Begin to pray for wisdom, strength and courage to change.
• Visit the ECFA Knowledge Center and read and share the short chapter, Lesson 40, “A Board Prayer.”
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