Wednesday, December 4, 2019

BONUS RESOURCE – How Healthy Is Your Board?

Welcome to Lessons From the Church Boardroom—The Blog, a 40-week journey through the book, Lessons From the Church Boardroom: 40 Insights for Exceptional Governance, by Dan Busby and John Pearson. Over the last 40 Wednesdays, we've featured 40 guest writers and their favorite snippet from the week's topic. Today's bonus lesson is written by Michael Martin.

BONUS RESOURCE – ChurchBoardScore™
Assessing your board’s performance is the first step to improving it.

THE BIG IDEA FROM THE BOOK: Church boards rarely take time to self-assess their governance performance. They either don’t realize the need to do so—or are too busy tackling whatever may be the most urgent agenda items that pop up whenever the next board meeting rolls around. 

Instead, regularly investing in targeted self-assessments on the six key governance elements highlighted in the free ChurchBoardScore™ tool by ECFA will pay dividends in increasing your church board’s effectiveness! 

MY FAVORITE INSIGHTS from pages 219-224: 
• As Rick Warren says, “The secret to effectiveness is to know what really counts, then do what really counts, and not to worry about all the rest.”
• Don’t underestimate the power of intentionality in your board work—clear agendas, Board Policies Manual, Prime Responsibility Chart, 80/20 focus on strategy, and more!
“Progress starts only when you are clear on where you are right now. You may discern that the board is under-performing in a certain area, but until the board has a laser focus on the problem, it will be difficult to take action.”

One of my favorite calls at ECFA this year came from a senior pastor who had just taken the ChurchBoardScore™ self-assessment. He was so grateful for the experience that he couldn’t wait to share it with his entire board in an upcoming retreat that weekend. 

ChurchBoardScore™ gave these leaders an opportunity (and excuse!) to enter into much-needed discussion together about ways the board could collectively improve in the six critical governance areas. I’m so grateful a transformative tool like this now exists and is free to churches everywhere!

Whatever you do, don’t miss this bonus lesson that provides an incredible capstone learning experience from all the great wisdom shared by Dan and John in Lessons from the Church Boardroom.


MICHAEL MARTIN became president of ECFA in 2020. Both an attorney and a CPA, he had previously served on ECFA staff for nine years, most recently as Executive Vice President.

An accomplished communicator, Michael has written on both scholarly and popular levels. His authorship is probably best known from the annual Minister's Tax & Financial Guide and the Church and Nonprofit Tax & Financial Guide, both of which he co-authored with former ECFA President Dan Busby, beginning with the 2013 editions. The 30th annual edition will be released in January 2021.

Michael is passionate about helping churches and Christ-centered ministries maintain high standards of financial integrity through ECFA membership, as well as through addressing legal and tax-related issues. He is a frequent speaker on ECFA’s webinars, videos, and podcasts, as well as a regular contributor to ECFA’s library of ebooks and other written publications.

He has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops across the country, and he has served as guest on webinars, videos and podcasts for numerous Christ-centered ministries and churches. Michael lives in Winchester, Virginia, with his wife and three daughters. 
Beginning with the 2013 edition, Michael joined Dan Busby as a co-author of the annual Zondervan Minister’s Tax & Financial Guide and the Zondervan Church and Nonprofit Tax & Financial Guide.

• Visit ChurchBoardScore™ and take a few minutes to complete the free online self-assessment.
• Share your experience and a link to ChurchBoardScore™ with your board chair to circulate the self-assessment tool among the rest of your board.
 Visit the ECFA Knowledge Center and read and share the bonus resource, “How Healthy Is Your Board?

LAST WEDNESDAY: For an index to all 40 blogs and all 40 guest bloggers, visit the bonus resource posted on Nov. 27, 2019. Click here.


BULK ORDERS: Click here.  For more resources and to download the book's Table of Contents, visit the book's webpage.

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