Transforming Church Boards into Communities of Spiritual Leaders

by Charles M. Olsen. Rowman & Littlefield, 1995.

Based on extensive experiences with church boards, Olsen presents both a vision of and practical suggestions for how boards may become spiritual leaders--and how board membership can become a rewarding ministry. At the heart of his vision is the proposal that board meetings should more closely resemble a worship service than a business council; hymn singing, prayers, biblical reflection, and storytelling would be the norm. The result, he says, will be less conflict for the board, a more valuable term of service for the board member, and better spiritual leadership for the congregation. This is an excellent manual for transforming congregational boards into leadership teams that can be a vital centers at the heart of faith communities.