Called to Serve: Creating and Nurturing the Effective Volunteer Board

by Max De Pree. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2001.

Formatted as a letter, the author uses his business and nonprofit board experience to discuss the characteristics and structure of an effective board while reflecting on common problems and conflict.


eleven "marks" of an effective board, individual and collective leadership roles, communication, relationship between the board and president, responsibility to the organization

Best For

Clergy and lay leaders


Purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Increase the effectiveness of your board by re-examining individual and collective leadership roles and restructuring responsibilities if needed.
  • Focus on implementing the eleven "marks" of an effective board to redefine how you approach mission, planning, and building relationships.

About the Contributor

Janet Hoover

Janet Hoover is a certified spiritual director in private practice and an American Baptist pastor. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis and earned her MDiv and DMin from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. 

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