Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership


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by Dan Hotchkiss. Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.

An effective governance model enables a congregation to fulfill its mission by continually balancing “the transforming power of religion and the stabilizing power of organization.” Former Alban Institute senior consultant Dan Hotchkiss combines missional theology, organizational know-how, and practical experience to offer congregational leaders a roadmap and tools for changing the way boards and clergy work together to lead congregations. The second edition offers a succinct, reader-friendly style and new information on how congregational size matters, the governance change process, and key leadership relationships. Also new to the second edition are a style guide for policy-makers and a sample board policy document. The book does not suggest a particular model of governance and structure, since the author contends there is no one right way to organize a congregation. Hotchkiss does offer a framework in which congregations can consider how the four leadership roles of oversight, strategy, discernment, and management can be accomplished effectively. He offers wisdom and caveats for congregations of all sizes related to the concepts of governance (setting direction, values, plans) and ministry (the day-to-day practical work of the congregation), and his concepts and language are relevant to most faith traditions. Visit his {{blog | http://danhotchkiss.com/dans-blog}} for more information.

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